Technology Teaches Basics of Direction

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At Cayuga Elementary School, third-graders in Stacy Heinz’s class took the fundamentals of direction to new heights when they created miniature cities that were paired with a unique piece of educational technology to practice cardinal and intermediate directions. 

Using Spheros, spherical computerized objects controlled by handheld devices, students carefully navigated several miniature cities crafted by their peers. Each student group developed a specific sequence of directions to follow which reinforced the use of all directions found on a compass rose. Each creative city included different architectural features, such as tunnels, bridges and buildings, that served as an added level of difficulty for students as they directed the Spheros through the courses.