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2013 in review January 1, 2014

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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2012 in review January 2, 2013

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

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Bee-Bots 2012 June 22, 2012

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Robotics is alive and well at Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre (MacICT) in 2012. The Centre is planning for a busy Semester 2 after big changes in the last 6 months.

Teachers may book their K-Y1 students into one-day immersive Bootcamps for Bee-Bots. These are a great introduction to Bee-Bots and will suit any students, regardless of their robotics experience.

Further details may be obtained from MacICT’s website: http://web2.macquarieict.schools.nsw.edu.au/all-events/

or by phoning Lyrian McGregor on (02) 9850 4310.

3D beebot mat June 2, 2011

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Our school was involved in the beebot project last year. I tried a new idea today with  my kindergarten class that I thought I would share. We have been exploring full and empty etc. I set up various containers on the mat…full, empty, half full, almost full and almost empty. The students enjoyed using the language of measurement to direct each other where to take their beebot. They had to make their beebot “look at” the appropriate container ie. move to a square adjacent to the container.

MacICT’s 2011 Robotics Project Iteration 2 May 26, 2011

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Our Robotics Project has been extended following interest from some schools. Now, MacICT will support schools and teachers using Bee-Bots, Constructa-Bots, Pro-Bots, Lego NXT and ED-E, humanoid robot.
Whilst the project began by catering for early years’ learners, K-Y12 students would benefit from participation in this project.

Term 1 2011 Robotics Project April 7, 2011

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Our 2011K-2 Robotics project has begun. Teachers and students have opted to adopt either the Bee-Bot, Constructa-Bot or Pro-bot in their teaching and learning program.

If you are interested to see our efforts, please visit our new blogs:
Bee-Bots & Constructa-Bots

Interest has continued for our project to grow and we have responded.
We are accepting expressions of interest from K-6 classes. We will support those classes using Bee-Bots, Constructa-Bots, Pro-Bots, Lego NXT or ED-E, humanoid robot.


Strategy: Early Years Strategy, Middle Years Strategy
Syllabus Addressed: English, Mathematics, all other KLAs
Contact: Debbie Evans (Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre Director) deborah.evans2@det.nsw.edu.au
Sue Fennell (Project Developer) susan.fennell@det.nsw.edu.au
Karen Blackwell (Technology Manager) karen.blackwell@det.nsw.edu.au

State Priority Area: Connected Learning, Teacher Quality.
Regional Priority Area: to foster and lead differentiated learning
NSWIT Standards addressed: 2.2.3, 3.2.6, 4.2.5, 5.2.3, 6.2.1, 7.2.4.

Project Rationale:
Teacher and student sharing of learning experiences through the blog and formal and informal video conferences gave real-world meaning and context to use of the robotic toys in Iterations 1-2 of this project in 2010. What we now know is that students are excited and engaged by robotic toys in their classrooms, demonstrate verbal and written skills in sharing toys, negotiating activity solutions and reporting on their findings and are excited to use video conferences between schools to share their learning. We also know that teachers seek and value professional development to support classroom practice and quickly and confidently adopted and adapted ideas shared through the 2010 professional learning network (PLN) using the blog or video conferences. Teachers valued robotic toys as a tool for engaging students in multiliteracies in cross-curriculum contexts, valued the creation of a repository of teaching and learning resources and recognised the need to link NSW Quality Teaching Framework to their classroom practice.

Project Objective:
This project will investigate teacher perception of online professional learning practice with a focus on robotics. In 2011, the project will be identifying “best-fit” appropriateness of all available educational robots eg. Bee-Bot, Constructa-Bot, Pro-Bot, Lego NXT and ED-E for identified learning contexts by extending the project into middle years. This investigation will allow for greater differentiation of learning for all students involved by providing access for all students K-12 to robotic technologies while fostering a wider professional learning network.

Progress so far:
Robotics and blogging workshops have been held both at the Centre, in-school and online. Project team members presented a workshop at the South-West Sydney Region: ‘Inspire, Innovate Conference’ in March, 2011.

Potential for development:
The Centre has been exploring the use of 3D stereoscopic and blue screen technologies to produce a 3D film where robots dance on screen while students dance in a live performance. The original student-created choreography, digital music and robot programming coordinate to produce an onstage performance which was piloted in a proof of concept performance at the end of 2010, and this school is interested in refining the production process. Negotiations are currently in progress with the nominated school.

MacICT’s Bee-Bot Blog March 13, 2011

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In 2011, MacICT has continued our project integrating robotic toys into classrooms.

We have also begun a new blog: My Bee-Bot. You can join our journey by going to:

Bee-Bots PD February 19, 2011

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Bertie and his cousins at MacICT played and worked with 11 teachers from some of the schools participating in the 2011 Robotics Project. Constructa-Bot came out as well. Everyone was delighted with the mats, especially the latest mats and the big book.
The teachers were keen to return to school and start using their robots with their students.

2011 Robotics Project February 4, 2011

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Preparation is well underway for 2011’s Robotics Project for early learners. Interest has been so high that it has been decided to open the project to schools using Bee-Bots, Constructa-Bots and Pro-Bots. We’ve had over 20 schools express interest in joining the project and request that all NSW DET teachers planning to participate register for the project through MyPL@DET (available in the Application tab on your portal).

Training in using the various robots in the classroom has been split into two separate Professional Development courses.
Tuesday 15/2: Bee-Bots (& Constructa-Bots) in the Classroom
Tuesday 22/2 Pro-Bots in the Classroom
Blogging is an integral element of this project and all teachers will have training in blogging offered on Tuesday 1/3 ‘Bots and Blogs.
If interest is high, other dates for these training days will be considered.
Please contact me direct or post a comment on this blog for assistance.

2010 in review January 2, 2011

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 81 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 282 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 250mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 22nd with 853 views. The most popular post that day was Bee-Bot Adventures.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were web1.macquarieict.schools.nsw.edu.au, edna.edu.au, alphainventions.com, facebook.com, and delicious.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for beebot, bee bot, bee bot worksheets, bee-bot, and bee bots home.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Bee-Bot Adventures March 2010


Staffroom March 2010


Golden Rules March 2010


Bertie’s Cousins March 2010


Bertie March 2010