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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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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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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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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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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
Highfield, Kate – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2010
Robotic toys present unique opportunities for teachers of young children to integrate mathematics learning with engaging problem-solving tasks. This article describes a series of tasks using Bee-bots and Pro-bots, developed as part a larger project examining young children's use of robotic toys as tools in developing mathematical and metacognitive…
Descriptors: Toys, Robotics, Educational Opportunities, Young Children
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Greenwolfe, Matthew L. – Physics Teacher, 2015
In a Montessori preschool classroom, students work independently on tasks that absorb their attention in part because the apparatus are carefully designed to make mistakes directly observable and limit exploration to one aspect or dimension. Control of error inheres in the apparatus itself, so that teacher intervention can be minimal. Inspired by…
Descriptors: Robotics, Mechanics (Physics), Preschool Children, Preschool Education
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Kim, Yanghee; Searle, Kristin – Computers in the Schools, 2017
Over the last two decades online technology and digital media have provided space for students to participate and express their voices. This paper further explores how new digital technologies, such as humanoid robots and wearable electronics, can be used to offer additional spaces where students' voices are heard. In these spaces, young students…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Robotics, Electronics, Technology Uses in Education
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Somanader, Mark C.; Saylor, Megan M.; Levin, Daniel T. – Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 2011
Children use goal-directed motion to classify agents as living things from early in infancy. In the current study, we asked whether preschoolers are flexible in their application of this criterion by introducing them to robots that engaged in goal-directed motion. In one case the robot appeared to move fully autonomously, and in the other case it…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Motion, Robotics, Technology Uses in Education
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Hsiao, Hsien-Sheng; Chang, Cheng-Sian; Lin, Chien-Yu; Hsu, Hsiu-Ling – Interactive Learning Environments, 2015
This study focused on an intelligent robot which was viewed as a language teaching/learning tool to improve children's reading ability, reading interest, and learning behavior. The iRobiQ, with its multimedia contents, was employed to encourage children to read, speak, and answer questions. Fifty-seven pre-kindergarteners participated in this…
Descriptors: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Teaching Methods, Reading Ability