CrumbleBot: A Fun Way To Introduce Coding and Robotics at Primary Level

We have previously used the Microbit to introduce coding and Robotics to our senior classes. However, this year we decided to try something similar but different and this is how I stumbled upon the Crumblebot.The CrumbleBot is an enjoyable and effective way to introduce coding and robotics to children of all ages, and especially primary …

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Report notes drop in primary pupils using computers in school

In a recent study carried out by Dr. Eemer Eivers, on behalf of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), it has been revealed that primary school students’ use of computers in school has dropped considerably within five years, from 46% saying they used computers in school regularly in 2011 to only 23% in 2016. This brings …

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Sphero SPRK+

With coding week nearly upon us again I decided to invest in some new coding hardware for our school. I had heard good reports about Sphero SPRK+ and so invested in a number of them for our school. Sphero SPRK+ is a small but rugged spherical robot capable of rolling around, changing colours, running programmes …

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Scratch 3.0 has arrived!

After spending months in Beta version, Scratch 3.0 has been finally released as of January 2nd  2019. It brings major changes such as support for tablets and implementation of an HTML, CSS, and JavaScript-based extension system instead of the previously used Flash.   In his blog post announcing Scratch 3.0 Mitch Resnik, leader of the MIT Media Lab wrote: …

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