Those spherical little robots have found a special place in my heart and in the heart of the students at my school. Seeing how much students love to interact with Sphero, I am in constant search to find more ways to make learning meaningful through the use of Spheros and programming.
So you can imagine how excited I was when Sphero contacted me back in November about writing lessons for their new (then unreleased) SPRK Sphero Lightning Lab. The SPRK Lightning Lab is a place where teachers, students, parents, and makers can gather and share ideas about how to interact and learn with Sphero and Ollie. With the new SPRK Lightning Lab you are able to create a class to push out peer-created lessons to students and track student progress. Being able to create this virtual classroom is perhaps one of the most unique features of classroom use of Sphero. In addition, the Lightning Lab app utilizes blockly programming where you can design programs and share them with the community. You can read more about this here.
As a Sphero Innovator, I was able to publish a few of my lessons that I have already vetted with students. They are:
- Collaborative Art with Sphero. You can read more about this lesson here.
- Sphero Knock Down
- Geometry Maze
Here is how to get started:
Sign up for a SPRK Lightning Lab Account and login.
Your Dashboard– Where you can see your classes you have created and assign activities.
Go to My Classes to create a class and add students.
Visit the Activities page to see what lessons are already out there, add your own activities, or meet some of the Sphero Innovators. There are tons of great ideas to incorporate Sphero into all different types of content areas. Go to My Activities to add your own ideas and activities for students. Also, click on Innovators to see the teachers who are publishing lesson ideas and activities. Check out this great list of educators from around the world.
Hopefully you will find the new SPRK Lightning Lab a great way to solve the workflow problems of using Spheros in your classrooms. Hopefully I will one day see your amazing lessons posted here as well!