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Strawhacker, Amanda; Bers, Marina U. – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2015
In recent years, educational robotics has become an increasingly popular research area. However, limited studies have focused on differentiated learning outcomes based on type of programming interface. This study aims to explore how successfully young children master foundational programming concepts based on the robotics user interface (tangible,…
Descriptors: Robotics, Kindergarten, Young Children, Technology Uses in Education
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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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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue discusses how digital media and robotics fit into the early childhood curriculum, and how time on devices supports learning goals and developmentally appropriate practice.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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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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Liu, Eric Zhi-Feng; Lin, Chun-Hung; Liou, Pey-Yan; Feng, Han-Chuan; Hou, Huei-Tse – Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology - TOJET, 2013
Compared with other media, programmable bricks provide children with the opportunity to create their own product and, through this process, to express creative thinking. Studies have found that learning robotics or integrating programming bricks into courses can help to develop students' problem-solving abilities and enhance their learning…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Kindergarten, Interaction, Robotics
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Mioduser, David; Levy, Sharona T.; Talis, Vadim – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2009
This study explores young children's abstraction of the rules underlying a robot's emergent behavior. The study was conducted individually with six kindergarten children, along five sessions that included description and construction tasks, ordered by increasing difficulty. We developed and used a robotic control interface, structured as…
Descriptors: Young Children, Kindergarten, Robotics, Abstract Reasoning
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Levy, Sharona T.; Mioduser, David – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2008
This study investigates young children's perspectives in explaining a self-regulating mobile robot, as they learn to program its behaviors from rules. We explore their descriptions of a robot in action to determine the nature of their explanatory frameworks: psychological or technological. We have also studied the role of an adult's intervention…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Young Children, Kindergarten, Robotics
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Kazakoff, Elizabeth; Bers, Marina – Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 2012
This paper examines the impact of computer programming of robots on sequencing ability in early childhood and the relationship between sequencing skills, class size, and teacher's comfort level and experience with technology. Fifty-eight children participated in the study, 54 of whom were included in data analysis. This study was conducted in two…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Programming Languages, Sequential Approach
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Suescun-Florez, Eduardo; Iskander, Magued; Kapila, Vikram; Cain, Ryan – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
This paper reports on the results of several geotechnical engineering-related science activities conducted with elementary-school students. Activities presented include soil permeability, contact stress, soil stratigraphy, shallow and deep foundations, and erosion in rivers. The permeability activity employed the LEGO NXT platform for data…
Descriptors: Science Education, Engineering Education, Science Activities, Elementary School Science
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Han, Jeonghye; Jo, Miheon; Hyun, Eunja; So, Hyo-jeong – Educational Technology Research and Development, 2015
Amid the increasing interest in applying augmented reality (AR) in educational settings, this study explores the design and enactment of an AR-infused robot system to enhance children's satisfaction and sensory engagement with dramatic play activities. In particular, we conducted an exploratory study to empirically examine children's perceptions…
Descriptors: Simulated Environment, Play, Robotics, Satisfaction
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Kuperman, Asi; Mioduser, David – Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects, 2012
In recent years, children from a kindergarten in central Israel have been exposed to learning experiences in technology as part of the implementation of a curriculum based on technological thinking, including topics related to behaving-adaptive-artifacts (e.g., robots). This study aims to unveil children's stance towards behaving artifacts:…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Foreign Countries, Young Children, Educational Technology
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Levy, S. T.; Mioduser, D. – International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning, 2010
This study investigates how young children master, construct and understand intelligent rule-based robot behaviors, focusing on their strategies in gradually meeting the tasks' complexity. The wider aim is to provide a comprehensive map of the kinds of transitions and learning that take place in constructing simple emergent behaviors, particularly…
Descriptors: Play, Investigations, Young Children, Kindergarten
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Mioduser, David; Levy, Sharona T. – International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning, 2010
This study explores young children's ability to construct and explain adaptive behaviors of a behaving artifact, an autonomous mobile robot with sensors. A central component of the behavior construction environment is the RoboGan software that supports children's construction of spatiotemporal events with an a-temporal rule structure. Six…
Descriptors: Young Children, Kindergarten, Robotics, Computer Software