Lego WeDo

Jul. 27th, 2010 11:39 pm
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Today I bought a new netbook, initially for the purpose of running the Lego WeDo software -- our Mac laptop is too old, and my netbook runs Linux. Of course I could have installed Windows on my netbook, but given the cost of the license, it seemed to make more sense to buy another netbook.

It's an Eee PC 1005HAB, and it runs the Lego WeDo software just fine -- except that when I tried to install the Activity Pack, I got an error saying that it couldn't be installed because msvcr71.dll was not found. Luckily, we were able to use the main part of the software without installing the Activity Pack, and I later resolved the problem by copying the msvcr71.dll file out of the Lego WeDo directory into the C:\WINDOWS directory. Since Windows is not an operating system I'm terribly familiar with, I'm glad I was able to resolve the problem without tearing my hair out.

Anyway, Erika had fun building the lion -- I handed her the pieces as she needed them, but she was able to put it together by following the instructions. She also dragged all the program components into the right places, though I told her what to do. She did understand what they did, and why they were needed, so I'm sure she'll be able to write her own programs in a fairly short time. Karl woke up from his nap while we were working on it, which then led to contention between the kids about who would get to push the keys to make the lion sit up and roar or lie back down and snore. Ah, well.

First Lego WeDo Experience

I'm looking forward to continuing to work with the WeDo set together with Erika, though she's quite attached to the lion, so it may take a while before we move on to another model!

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Date: 2012-03-24 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think you have to try it out with your students and see how they react. I could iinmgae some students (likely boys) who would carried away with the building and write less. Others would not let that happen as much. The teacher has an influential role here, giving indications on how much writing (quality/quantity) is desired, when the building is goving over board, etc. In addition, if the WeDo pieces limitation is considered a problem, you could supplement. In my case, we will probably buy a couple of the WeDo supplementary pieces but we also have many of the old Mindstorms kits (basically not being used since we transitioned to NXT) so we are moving some of those pieces to the WeDo collection (in supplemental boxes so we do not have to give access to them). My experience with WeDo is mostly on the simple machines side, not on ELA side so this is supposition, not experience-based. Thanks for sharing! Wayne

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