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Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Group Microsoft. Windows 10 S launch.
Our Year 7s loved the Ohbot software. One said that he'd never seen anything like it, couldn't believe computer science was so much fun.
Kay Simmons, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Faculty Leader Computing and ICT in Northamptonshire, UK
This is nice engaging robot that comes with a user-friendly programming language. The finished robot reminds me a bit of Cynthia Breazeal’s Kismet robot from MIT in the 1990s. So this might also be a good introduction to the area of social robotics.
Dr Scott Turner, Lecturer in Computing University of Northampton, Pi Cert Educator, Code Club leader. Member IET, BCS, UK
Ohbot is a wonderfully engaging robot head that you can program through a 'scratch like' programming language.
Richard Smith, Amazing ICT, Advisor, UK
Just showed Y6 Ohbot. Whole class gave it a spontaneous round of applause! Can't remember a text book getting that reaction! The students have been really enthused by the work, while at the same time learning about concepts like variables, user inputs, mathematical operators and Booleans. Since using Ohbot I have noticed the pupils can write and use much more complex programs than before, and seeing the effects of their code on the movements of the robot is really rewarding and engaging.
Peter Johnson, Leader of Teaching and Learning for Computing, Gosforth Junior High Academy, Newcastle, UK
Through working on this particular [Ohbot] project they’ve also had the chance to appreciate the subject matter, not just about computer coding and modelling but the wider issues across our economy and society in general.
Carl Simmons, Computing at School Regional Coordinator at Edge Hill University, UK
Our children absolutely love Ohbot
Dan Johnson, 2014 Pearson Award Winning Teaching Assistant, Pupil and Family Engagement Officer and digital leader co-ordinator, Millbrook Primary School, UK
Our more able pupils are very motivated to learn how to make it blink and so they are introduced to coding, albeit at a basic level. Students work in pairs: the child with the higher cognitive ability does the coding while the other might direct what it will do.
I have not come across anything for mainstream and special needs programming as appealing as Ohbots. The children treat them as if they were alive and take especial care when carrying them around the school, where they are regarded as celebrities.
Bryher Pennells, teacher at Charlton Park Academy, a school for pupils with severe and complex needs, London, UK from Special Children Magazine article.
Sheldon [Ohbot] combines computational thinking with skills in literature in a really motivating way . As soon as the children knew that the rant was for a robot to speak they couldn’t get it written fast enough. That doesn’t happen in all English lessons! They are learning two kinds of language simultaneously – English and computer code
Jo Hodge, Computing Master teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes, Southport, UK
J adore l'ohbot. J'en parle sur @Humanoides_FR
Jerome Damelincourt, Fondateur de Robopolis, passionné par les robots, l'intelligence artificielle, et les sciences cognitives, je vis mes rêves de robots, FR
Ohbot oh the possibilities with the new windows 10s this Microsoft Innovative Educator is so excited.
Jennifer Morgan, NCCE Professional Learning Specialist. DSD School Technology Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert & Microsoft Master Trainer, US
You should do some engineering and making, we love that. We built an Ohbot robot.