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Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2016
In recent years there has been an increasing focus on the missing "T" of technology and "E" of engineering in early childhood STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curricula. Robotics offers a playful and tangible way for children to engage with both T and E concepts during their foundational early childhood…
Descriptors: Robotics, Programming, Programming Languages, Engineering
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Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2016
Prior work demonstrates the importance of introducing young children to programming and engineering content before gender stereotypes are fully developed and ingrained in later years. However, very little research on gender and early childhood technology interventions exist. This pilot study looks at N = 45 children in kindergarten through second…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Elkin, Mollie; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Computers in the Schools, 2016
KIBO is a developmentally appropriate robotics kit for young children that is programmed using interlocking wooden blocks; no screens or keyboards are required. This study describes a pilot KIBO robotics curriculum at an urban public preschool in Rhode Island and presents data collected on children's knowledge of foundational programming concepts…
Descriptors: Programming, Preschool Children, Robotics, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Elkin, Mollie; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2014
This paper explores how robotics can be used as a new educational tool in a Montessori early education classroom. It presents a case study of one early educator's experience of designing and implementing a robotics curriculum integrated with a social science unit in her mixed-age classroom. This teacher had no prior experience using robotics in…
Descriptors: Robotics, Montessori Method, Case Studies, Curriculum Development
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Kazakoff, Elizabeth R.; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina U. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2013
This paper examines the impact of programming robots on sequencing ability during a 1-week intensive robotics workshop at an early childhood STEM magnet school in the Harlem area of New York City. Children participated in computer programming activities using a developmentally appropriate tangible programming language CHERP, specifically designed…
Descriptors: Children, Robotics, Programming Languages, Control Groups
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Sullivan, Amanda; Kazakoff, Elizabeth R.; Bers, Marina Umashi – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2013
This paper qualitatively examines the implementation of an intensive weeklong robotics curriculum in three Pre-Kindergarten classrooms (N = 37) at an early childhood STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) focused magnet school in the Harlem area of New York City. Children at the school spent one week participating in computer…
Descriptors: Robotics, Preschool Children, STEM Education, Magnet Schools
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Lee, Kenneth T. H.; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina U. – Computers in the Schools, 2013
Research shows the importance of social interaction between peers in child development. Although technology can foster peer interactions, teachers often struggle with teaching with technology. This study examined a sample of (n = 19) children participating in a kindergarten robotics summer workshop to determine the effect of teaching using a…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Robotics, Kindergarten, Child Development
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Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2013
Early childhood is a critical period for introducing girls to traditionally masculine fields of science and technology before more extreme gender stereotypes surface in later years. This study looks at the TangibleK Robotics Program in order to determine whether kindergarten boys and girls were equally successful in a series of building and…
Descriptors: Programming, Kindergarten, Gender Differences, Robotics
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Bers, Marina Umaschi; Seddighin, Safoura; Sullivan, Amanda – Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 2013
Prior work has shown that early childhood educators demonstrate a lack of knowledge and understanding about technology and engineering, and about developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches to bring those disciplines into the classrooms. This paper reports a study in which 32 early childhood educators participated in an intensive three-day…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Early Childhood Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Pugnali, Alex; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2017
Aim/Purpose: Over the past few years, new approaches to introducing young children to computational thinking have grown in popularity. This paper examines the role that user interfaces have on children's mastery of computational thinking concepts and positive interpersonal behaviors. Background: There is a growing pressure to begin teaching…
Descriptors: Young Children, Computer Interfaces, Interpersonal Relationship, Concept Teaching