Want an easy way in to programming in the classroom? Bee-Bot for iPad is the iOS app version of the very popular Bee-Bot floor robot, and helps instil basic programming skills in young learners. Here’s why it’s been creating a buzz (sorry) around the education team…
What is Bee-Bot for iPad?
The original Bee-Bot is a classroom-friendly floor robot, and Bee-Bot for iPad (TTS Group, free) is the app version of that. Using the same keypad functionality of the hardware version, the aim is for pupils to solve various challenges by programming a cartoon bee to move around different levels through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns. Whereas the physical Bee-Bot requires actual floor space, the Bee-Bot app lets pupils work either individually or in a group on iPad, so it’s great for classrooms where space is an issue.
How can it benefit the classroom?
Bee-Bot enables students to improve their skills in directional language and programming through sequences of movement. With programming becoming an increasingly important part of the curriculum, enhancing these skills in pupils at an early age is a good idea. And the engaging, cartoon-like visuals and interface of the Bee-Bot app makes that an easy win for KS1 and KS2 learners.
What’s the best feature?
The best bit about Bee-Bot is the fact there’s an array of different challenges on offer. Each level (of which there are currently 12) encourages progression by setting tougher challenges and more complex solutions. With the floor robot, you would need to invest in different activity mats (or create your own challenges) to offer different levels.
Where can I get it?
Bee-Bot for iPad is completely free, and available for iPad (and iPhone too) from either the App Store or iTunes.
– Missed last week’s app? You can catch up with our review of colAR Mix for iPad here.
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