Introduce Sphero and explain that we will be controlling Sphero by giving it instructions from the iPad.
You might want to have Sphero hiding in the corner – and drive it through the classroom to welcome it to the class.
Show the class how you are controlling it with the Sphero app – by dragging around the controller.
Explain that students are going to spend a short time exploring Sphero and learning the controls.
Show the Sphero app (via TV or projector if available) and highlight the main controls.
Students spend some time getting used to the controls in small groups (three is good – one to control, one to give direction, one to retrieve the Sphero if he runs away). Each student to have a go at controlling Sphero.
Students should be familiar with the basic controls (1-4 above) but encourage them to click on other buttons and record what they discover.
Students create a sequence of instructions (using Flash cards) and control Sphero to follow the sequence. Have flashcards available for the class (a few of each card for each group), with commands for Sphero, e.g.
|Move forward fast||Move forward slowly|
|Move backwards slowly||Move backwards fast|
|Change colour to red||Change colour to blue|
|Turn to the left||Turn to the right|
Perhaps also have some blank cards for students to add their own instructions based on what they discovered in the Learning Input.
One student makes up a sequence using the cards, another reads it step-by-step, and another controls the Sphero to follow the instructions. Swap roles so each student can try each of the tasks.
An alternative to using the cards is having the students create a maze, e.g. drawn on paper, or physically with boxes, Lego, etc. and then navigating Sphero through the maze. See lesson plan: Sphero Maze.
Once students have created sequences, controlled Sphero and solved any problems, choose one sequence of cards (or have one that you have prepared) and have two or three students follow the instructions.
Bring together the observations from the learning demo and discuss what they have learnt.
Don’t forget to show how to put Sphero to sleep!