Early Childhood ICT resource the “Bee-Bot”

In a world where ICTs are a major focus in curriculums not only in Australia but worldwide I have fallen upon the “Bee-Bot” a couple of times while I have been browsing the internet.  It is a programmable floor robot that has won several awards; Educational Resources Award 2006 in the Primary ICT category, BETT Award for Early Years and Primary Hardware and The Gold Award at Practical Pre-School Awards Ceremony.  So it must be good right?

This resource is also available FREE from iTunes for the iPhone/iPad but it has limited functionality and you would probably have to upgrade the app to increase the complexity, progression and to add more functions.  It enables children to improve their skills in directional language, Literacy, Mathematics and programming through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns.  I like the way you can use it for language and numeracy activities where children have to solve problems in a fun way.  For example you could program the Bee-Bot so the children discover spelling words using the alphabet mat.  The down side to this ICT is that you have to purchase the hardware.  What do you see as the advantages or disadvantages to this resource?

Please view this video to learn more about the Bee-Bot:


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