Friday, November 30, 2012

Cargo Bot - An iPad Game About Logic

Cargo Bot is a fun and challenging game that students can play to learn some principles of logic and programming. The object of the game is to program a robot to complete increasingly complex sequences of tasks. Students start out by programming the robot to move one box from point A to point B. After successfully programming the robot students are advanced to programming more complex tasks like a repeating loop of movements and staggered movements.
A program gone wrong!

Applications for Education 
Cargo Bot is a free iPad game that could be used by students in elementary school and middle school. Playing Cargo Bot could be a good way for students to develop their skills in logical thinking. Students who get stuck on a level can click the "hints" button to get a little bit of help programming the robot.


November's Most Popular Posts on Free Technology for Teachers

Morrison and his toy duck.
Good evening from the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters in Greenwood, Maine. The days are shorter and colder, but the blog posts just keep on coming. Typing keeps me warm. It's the end of November and as I do every month I have put together a list of the most frequently read posts of the month.

Here are this month's most popular posts:
1. Google+ Added to Google Apps for Education
2. Handy New Ways to Organize Files in Google Drive
3. Teenage Life in Ancient Rome
4. Google Documents and Common Core Standards
5. 10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use
6. 26 iBooks Author How-to Videos
7. Create Your iPad Games on Tiny Tap
8. Discover Great Apps on Apps Gone Free
9. Read & Write - An Accessibility App for Google Docs
10. 6 Apps Students Can Use to Quickly Create Audio Recordings

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Take a Narrated Tour of the Solar System

3D Solar System Web is a neat website that I discovered through the Chrome web store. 3D Solar System Web features a narrated tour of the solar system beginning at the sun and working out through all of the planets. The tour explains the classifications of each planet, how long it takes each planet to orbit the sun, and each planet's unique features.

Applications for Education
In addition to the narrated tour of the solar system 3D Solar System Web gives visitors the option to manually zoom through the solar system. Clicking on a planet's name in the menu will reveal some basic information about it. 3D Solar System Web could be a good place for students to find some introductory or review information about the solar system.