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Our New Remote-Friendly Lessons: For Hands-On Learning Anywhere

Many educators are currently facing the uncertainty of planning for back to school. Ozobot is here to help! We’ve been working to help you teach core subjects anywhere, without sacrificing STEAM learning. Enter our new, remote-friendly lessons. 

About Learn Anywhere Lessons

Here’s our commitment to you. All of the Ozobot-generated lessons we’ll release over the coming months will be compatible with remote, hybrid, or synchronous teaching for grades 2-5. A selection of lessons will be available for grades PK-12. These lessons are designed to be self-paced and self-guided for students with instructional videos throughout. 

Note: All of Ozobot’s remote-friendly lessons will be free for educators and their students to use through December 1, 2020. After that date, only the initial weeks will be free for all, and additional weekly content in Math and ELA will be available only for schools participating in the Ozobot 1:1 ProgramRequest a demo for 1:1 today–you might be surprised by the federal and state initiatives it qualifies for!

Each of our remote-friendly lessons will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete, and we recommend assigning one lesson per week. Our team is busy developing lessons, and will release new content for grades 2-5 weekly, so you can follow this recommended pacing. For other grades, PK-2 and 6-12, the initial four week release works for all of these grade levels. Register for one of our upcoming webinars to dive deeper into these lessons, earn PD, and get tips for adapting for Bit or other grade levels!

Weeks 1-4: Intro to STEAM >

Grades PK-12

These introductory, STEAM lessons will give your students a solid understanding of how Ozobots work and our screen-free way to code: Color Codes. Lessons include:

  1. Introduction to Ozobot: Get to Know Evo
  2. Introduction to Color Codes 1: Line Following
  3. Introduction to Color Codes 2: Drawing Color Codes
  4. Introduction to Color Codes 3: Directionality

Week 5: Math >

Grades 2-5

These ready-to-run lessons will increase student engagement while meeting Common Core State Standards for Math. Lessons include:

  • Grade 2: What’s My Value
  • Grade 3: Mix It Up Multiplication
  • Grade 4: Division Maze
  • Grade 5: Number Randomizer

Week 6: ELA >

Grades 2-5

These ready-to-run lessons will increase student engagement while meeting Common Core State Standards for ELA. Lessons include:

  • Grade 2: Picking Out Irregular Plural Nouns
  • Grade 3: How to Make a Sandwich
  • Grade 4: ID the Structure
  • Grade 5: Prepositions by Chance

What Materials are Included? 

These lessons are designed with flexibility in mind! Even though they are “remote-friendly,” they include support materials for teachers to utilize in all settings–hybrid, remote, and synchronous. Each lesson includes:

  • For Teachers
    • Lesson Plan: Use it to teach synchronously or as a reference when assigning remote work.
    • Includes standards met by each lesson, which can include: CCSS ELA, CCSS Math, NGSS, CSTA, ISTE 
  • For Students 
    • Instructional Video: Provides students with any and all background information, front loads content, and guides students through step-by-step
    • Activity Guide and Activity Sheets: Print these pages and distribute to students or distribute them digitally to be printed at home.

Steps for Instruction

Assigning lessons remotely or in-person is easy–especially with our Google Classroom integration! Just follow the steps below.

“I am teaching remotely and I use Google Classroom.”

For users who manage students/classes with Google Classroom, and want to provide remote, asynchronous* instruction

  1. Go to classroom.ozobot.com.
  2. Sign in with Google. If you created an Ozobot Classroom account previously and did not sign in with Google, log out and select ‘Sign in with Google’.
  3. Import a Class from Google. IMPORTANT: Make sure you’ve invited all students to your Google Class and students have accepted before you follow the steps below.
    1. Go to Classes.
    2. Select ‘Import from Google’.
    3. Follow the on-screen steps and allow Ozobot to access your Google Classroom account. Repeat for each of your classes. If your student roster changes (e.g. a new student joins):
      1. Go to Classes.
      2. Select ‘Sync Students’.
  4. Find a Lesson. IMPORTANT: Ozobot’s Remote-Friendly Learn Anywhere Lessons can be used remotely or in-person. Standard Lessons can only be used in-person.
    1. Go to Lessons.
    2. Apply the ‘Remote-friendly’ filter. Click the lesson’s title to view the lesson’s detail page, then ‘Preview’ or ‘Download PDF’ to review the Lesson Plan.
  5. Add the Lesson to your Class. Once you’ve selected a Remote-Friendly Lesson, follow these steps to add it to your Class.
    1. From the lesson’s detail page, click ‘Add to Class’.
  6. Assign the Lesson.
    1. Go to Classes and select your desired Class (IMPORTANT: the Class must have a Google Classroom symbol. If it does not, return to Step 3 and import the Class from Google).
    2. Click ‘Choose Lessons’ and select your desired lesson.
    3. Set the start and due dates, then click ‘Assign’.
    4. If possible, print and distribute Activity Sheets to students (found in the Lesson Plan). Otherwise, they will be prompted to print them in Student View.

      Students/parents will follow the steps below to access Ozobot Classroom’s Student View. As students submit work, you’ll be able to access an overview and individual work from the Classwork section.

Your students will get a Google Classroom email notification with their new assignment. The Get Started Guide for Students & Parents covers the following steps for them:

  1. On a Chromebook, students/parents should open the email and select ‘Open’.
  2. In the Google Classroom window that opens, select ‘Ozobot Classroom.’
  3. Follow the interactive, on-screen steps to sign in with Google (no new accounts needed!) and check Evo for updates. (IMPORTANT: as a best practice, ask your students not to skip updates!)
  4. After updates, follow the on-screen steps to be guided through the assignment with an Instructional Video playlist.

Students can also go to classroom.ozobot.com/student and sign in with Google to access the assignment and any completed Ozobot classwork.

*To adapt steps above for remote, synchronous instruction: using your chosen virtual meeting platform, stream the Instructional Video or share the steps for Direct Instruction and Student Practice while students follow along.

“I am teaching remotely and I do not use Google Classroom.”

For users who do not manage students/classes with Google Classroom, and want to provide remote, asynchronous** instruction.

  1. Go to classroom.ozobot.com.
  2. Create an account with email and password (IMPORTANT: DO NOT sign in with Google).
  3. Find a Lesson. IMPORTANT: Ozobot’s Remote-Friendly Learn Anywhere Lessons can be used remotely or in-person. Standard Lessons can only be used in-person.
    1. Go to Lessons.
    2. Apply the ‘Remote-friendly’ filter. Click the lesson’s title to view the lesson’s detail page, then ‘Preview’ or ‘Download PDF’ to review the Lesson Plan.
    3. Click ‘Save for Later’. You can also click ‘Add to Class’ and create a new Class to easily track lessons for specific classes.
  4. Assign the Lesson.
    1. Print/share the included Activity Sheets with students (found in the Lesson Plan). You can also provide students with the Activity Guide, for written directions if students will be completing the lesson without the Instructional Video, or as an extra reference.
    2. Send students the Instructional Video playlist (found on pg. 1 of the Lesson Plan).
    3. Collect student work by asking for a photo or video (e.g via Flipgrid). If a photo is not possible, ask students to reflect on their work by responding to a writing prompt (e.g. What was challenging about the lesson?).

**To adapt steps above for remote, synchronous instruction: using your chosen virtual meeting platform, stream the Instructional Video or share the steps for Direct Instruction and Student Practice while students follow along.

“I am teaching in-person.”

For users who want to provide in-person, synchronous instruction.

  1. Go to classroom.ozobot.com.
  2. Create an account.
    1. Select ‘Sign in with Google’ if you use Google Classroom to manage students/classes.
    2. Sign up with email and password if you do not use Google Classroom to manage students/classes.
  3. Create a Class.
    1. Go to Classes.
    2. Click ‘Create New Class’ and follow the steps to either add students manually or upload a list of students.
  4. Find and Assign a Lesson. IMPORTANT: Ozobot’s Remote-Friendly Learn Anywhere Lessons can be used remotely or in-person. Standard Lessons can only be used in-person.
    1. Go to Lessons.
    2. Click a lesson’s title to view the lesson’s detail page, then ‘Preview’ or ‘Download PDF’ to review the Lesson Plan.
    3. If your selected lesson is a Remote-Friendly Lesson:
      1. On the lesson, click ‘Save for Later’. You can also click ‘Add to Class’ and create a new Class to easily track lessons for specific classes.
      2. Print the included Activity Sheets for students (found in the Lesson Plan).
      3. On the date of instruction:
        1. Plug in devices. Plug in all Evos you plan to use in to charge (NOTE: maximum 18 Evos for a class session). Make sure they’re fully charged before you launch a Lesson. In addition, plug your Ozobot Classroom Communicator into a USB power source.
        2. Go to Classes and select the Class.
        3. Adjust the number of Evos and number of students per bot (for example, with a set of 18 Evos and 36 students, choose 2 students per bot for pair programming).
        4. Scroll down to the desired Lesson. Click ‘Launch Lesson’ and confirm you have your Communicator plugged in.
        5. In the Bluetooth pairing window that opens, select your Communicator (OCC) and click ‘Pair’.
        6. Student groups will be automatically assigned Evos. The charging Evos will light up in a matching three-color ID as shown on your educator dashboard.
        7. Have students pick up their bots.
        8. Deliver instruction using either the Instructional Video playlist or the Direct Instruction and Student Practice sections of the Lesson Plan.
        9. Collect student work. On your educator dashboard, you’ll get a summary of engagement insights (NOTE: this feature is in beta and is only available for select lessons.)
    1. If your selected lesson is a Standard Lesson:
      1. On the lesson, click ‘Add to Class’.
      2. Review the Lesson Plan to determine how to deliver instruction and whether printed materials are needed.
      3. On the date of instruction:
        1. Plug in devices. Plug in all Evos you plan to use in to charge (NOTE: maximum 18 Evos for a class session). Make sure they’re fully charged before you launch a Lesson. In addition, plug your Ozobot Classroom Communicator into a USB power source.
        2. Go to Classes and select the Class.
        3. Adjust the number of Evos and number of students per bot (for example, with a set of 18 Evos and 36 students, choose 2 students per bot for pair programming).
        4. Scroll down to the desired Lesson. Click ‘Launch Lesson’ and confirm you have your Communicator plugged in.
        5. In the Bluetooth pairing window that opens, select your Communicator (OCC) and click ‘Pair’.
        6. Student groups will be automatically assigned Evos. The charging Evos will light up in a matching three-color ID as shown on your educator dashboard.
        7. Have students pick up their bots and deliver instruction.
        8. Collect student work. On your educator dashboard, you’ll get a summary of engagement insights (NOTE: this feature is in beta and is only available for select lessons.)

“I am teaching within a hybrid model.”

For hybrid models, we recommend using Ozobot’s remote-friendly Learn Anywhere Lessons only (Standard Lessons are not recommended for hybrid learning, as they are currently designed for in-person instruction only). With that in mind, you can follow the instructions above for teaching remotely and teaching in-person as needed, making sure to only select lessons with the ‘Remote-friendly’ qualifier.

Questions or comments? Contact support@ozobot.com or register for one of our upcoming webinars to dive deeper into these lessons (and earn PD)!

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