Bee-Bots & iStopMotion: New iPad Programs at The International Preschools

The International Preschools is excited to announce two brand-new iPad curriculum initiatives that incorporate play-based learning with technology. In February, the Pre-K and Junior K classes will be introduced to Bee-Bots and iStopMotion.

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Bee-Bot robot

Bee-Bots

Bee-Bots are small, yellow “robots” that are currently being used at several independent schools here in New York City, including The Speyer Legacy School. Bee-Bots provide a visual, tangible object which helps children understand the step-by-step process required to code programs and complete tasks. The goal of the program at The International Preschools is to have the children program their own Bee-Bot (in small groups) using directions of their own choosing.  By doing this, children practice problem solving skills (in how to get their Bee-Bot to move a certain way) and learn a variety of directional words including; forward, backward, right, left. Click here to view video of Bee Bots instruction from the 2015-2016 45th Street Pre-K

iStopMotion

The iStopMotion app provides children an opportunity to create their own animated films using clay, toys, or other props.  Every other week, the students work in small groups to create a storyline for their film. They will create a storyboard of different scenes that ultimately are joined together into one project.

This program requires children to:

  • strengthen fine motor skills (by manipulating clay and props)
  • develop motor planning (creating a sequential story that has a beginning, middle, and an end)
  • increase attention span and concentration
  • further socialization growth by work together as a group.

We are looking forward to seeing the results of this technological and play-based learning program in the coming months!  Click Here to view The Gingerbread Man created by the 2015-2016 86th Street Pre-K

Learn More

To learn more about Bee-Bots, visit the Bee-Bot website.

To learn more about The International Preschools Admissions Process visit our website.

Interested in The International Preschools’ specialty teachers? Enjoy this fun video.

 

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