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.
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
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