Planning on introducing the WeDo into your class? Below are some ideas on what you need to get started.
The WeDo kit comes in a stackable, white plastic container. The roughly 150 pieces in the kit includes two sensors (tilt and motion), a motor and a USB hub. Generally, it is probably best to have one kit for every two students. This gives students the chance to actively participate in building and programming and promotes collaboration, while limiting idle time. So, for a class of 30 students, plan on 16 kits, including one kit for the teacher.
The WeDo software is sold separately and bundles both the programming software and a set of activities that include engaging video, step by step building instructions, and guidance for programming. You buy one CD for one computer and then a site licence which allows for installation on all your computers. The current software version is 1.2 and works on both Windows and Mac computers. Although fewer computers would be manageable, one computer per group is best.
- It’s nice to have a projector attached to the teacher’s computer to display the software and activities while teaching.
- Storage will be necessary for the kits. If students are working on projects over several lessons, then storage for partially completed projects will be necessary as well.
- Although it might not be possible to change the arrangement of computers and workstations, some space is necessary for building the projects while linked to the computer by USB cable.