Think about Petzi app (we all love this!) and think about how it works. I think it has a treat dispenser machine, a webcam and a speaker in your home, all connected to the internet via your home router. Then, when you are at work or school, you can use the Petzi app on your iPhone to connect to the internet via your work’s or your school’s router. What do you think?
When we looked at this before, we thought that your home router and your school router must speak to each other via “The Cloud”, but we didn’t discuss what “The Cloud” is! You may have heard of The Cloud in connection with iCloud or Dropbox or Google Drive.
I did a quick picture of how I think Petzi connects via The Cloud:
So, some questions for you to answer:
What do you think The Cloud means?
What actually is The Cloud?
Where is The Cloud?
What are the good and bad things about The Cloud?
What data do you think Petzi collects?
Do you think you could “draw” Petzi, label the sensors etc?
What else could you design using the ideas from Petzi?
Last year I did a little project with reception class called “What is Technology?”. The children are only 4 and they know so much already!
I had to think quite hard about what I understood by the word Technology. What do you think it means? Are there different categories of technology?
I went to an exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery (in Hyde Park), of paintings by the artist Michael Craig-Martin. This exhibition includes his paintings from 1981 to 2015, looking at technology; laptops, games consoles, black-and-white televisions and light bulbs – the differences in the pictures demonstrates how technology has changed over this period. You can see more here.
Mr Hovell has kindly been in and set up a webcam so we can see the eggs/ chicks from home. Click on the picture below to see the chicks live! Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
(When you click it may download something to your computer at the bottom left on the screen. It will be called 3152067live.asx . You may need to click on it & choose Media Player to open it like we showed you to in class)
Unfortunately, this link won’t work on Apple devices – we will look for an alternative next time!