When a 4th Grade student started to choke on a chicken bone her friends programmed Roamer to make a dramatic life-saving dash to the hospital. Teacher and Roamer enthusiast Michael Raby set this and other problems for his students to solve in a wonderfully playful lesson. (more…)
Valiant Technology started working with educational robots in 1983. In those days people used Logo to program Turtles. Now you can use Roamer ScratchX to program Roamer. In this article I explain how it makes an ideal partnership.
EAL, ESOL, ESL… there is a bewildering number of acronyms which cover the teaching of English as a second language. Many years ago a teacher in Canberra, the capital of Australia had a classroom full of children from various Foreign Embassies. She literally had to cope with something like 13 different languages and children who spoke virtually no English. In the first of several articles Maggie Morrissey explains how she use Roamer to teach her young Russian students English. This article is also published by Maggie on the Technology to Teach web site. (more…)
The Tour de France has now crossed the English Channel back to France. Meanwhile, another of the World’s Great sporting events is taking place across the Atlantic in South America. The FIFA World Cup had inspired the staff and children at St Edmunds School in Enfield to do a penalty shoot out competition in their Code Club. Some of the Key Stage 1 children sent GO this article. (more…)
In 1987 Bradford teacher Doreen Gregory inspired me to design an educational version of Big Trak. That was Classic Roamer. Tomorrow the world’s greatest cycle race, the Tour de France starts in my home town of Leeds. The first stage takes the riders through Yorkshire Dales where I spent a lot of my youth walking and potholing. This is a heady mixture of nostalgia and homesickness mixed with some Yorkshire pudding and French joie de vivre (I never expected to see a map with à côté de Buttertubs marked on it). I had to create a somewhat personal Roamer Topical Topic.