For the past three years I have been using Sphero robots and FlipGrid in my classroom as individual tools. This year using these two phenomenal technologies my classes were able to work on a project with classes in Ohio which incorporated science, literature, and robotics. The project was exciting, and successful and hopefully you can use this project as a template for your classroom.
This project starts with my students reading The Grapes of Wrath, then trying to explain to me that the struggles faced by the load family are not important. My students are just not able to empathize with the struggles facing the Joad family. This project uses Sphero robots to simulate the struggles of the Joad and allows the students to understand these struggles through practical experiences with the robots. This project also incorporates FlipGrid, a video response app, which allows my students to reach out to a class of Sphero experts at McCormack Middle school in Huron Ohio. A big should out to Leah Lacrosse and her students for all the help. I could easily spend two more pages explaining the project, but instead check out this series videos documenting the entire project. That way you get to hear what my students thought of the project as well. Please steal this idea and use it in your classroom! Then share it!