SPARTA, NJ- Several third grade students made a presentation to the Sparta Board of Education at the March meeting.  Together with Mohawk Avenue School Principal Laura Trent five students took turns at the microphone to proudly explain.how they use technology at their school.

The students demonstrated the way they use simple robots to learn about coding with Wonder Workshop.  Dash and Dot were given commands from the students through an iPad.  The single bot, a round plastic ball was able to be commanded to use its lights and create sounds.  The larger bot was also programmed to be commanded to move around the room.

After their demonstration of the robots the students thanked board member and Sparta Education Foundation trustee Kylen Anderson for the Sparta Education Foundation Grant that funded to opportunity to learn coding with the Wonder Workshop robots.

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The students talked about various internet tools they use in their classrooms including Skype and Instagram.  They said, “Mohawk Avenue School uses GAFE [Google Apps for Education] and we love it!”

They are learning keyboarding skills, they said, using Edutyping Junior and iPads. 

Integrating several of the GAFE tools, especially Skype, to enhance their pen pal experience with students from Turkey.

The students that presented are:

  • Bella Fernandez
  • Lincoln Corbin
  • Hannah Dodson
  • Trevor Ekeland
  • Emma Hamilton

At the end of their presentation board president Kelly McEvoy thanked the students for coming, pointing out that while they often have high school and middle school students attend meetings to speak to the board, it was unique to have elementary school students present at the meeting.