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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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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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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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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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Lucey, Linda Polhemus; Jennings, Sybillyn; Olson, Peter; Rubenfeld, Lester; Holmes, Aliya E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2007
This article describes how Lego robotics, interactive multimedia, and a simple manipulative--string--can be offered to students through coordinated activities to help them build a conceptual foundation for measuring rate. (Contains 5 figures and 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Measurement, Mathematics Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Robotics
Attard, Catherine – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2012
In this article, the author explores the value of using simple robotics such as BeeBots and ProBots to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics in the primary classroom. Before making the decision to use such technologies, it is important that they be evaluated in terms of their affordances and constraints. In other words, teachers need to…
Descriptors: Robotics, Grade 4, Mathematics Achievement, Teaching Methods
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Bartolini Bussi, Maria G.; Baccaglini-Frank, Anna – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2015
In early years schooling it is becoming common to propose activities that involve moving along paths, or programming robots to do so. In order to promote continuity towards the introduction of geometry in primary school, we developed a long-term teaching experiment (with 15 sessions) carried out over 4¬†months in a first grade classroom in northern…
Descriptors: Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students
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Taylor, Matthew S.; Vasquez, Eleazar; Donehower, Claire – Journal of Special Education Technology, 2017
Students of all ages and abilities must be given the opportunity to learn academic skills that can shape future opportunities and careers. Researchers in the mid-1970s and 1980s began teaching young students the processes of computer programming using basic coding skills and limited technology. As technology became more personalized and easily…
Descriptors: Programming, Down Syndrome, Elementary School Students, Case Studies
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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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Wu, Wen-Chi Vivian; Wang, Rong-Jyue; Chen, Nian-Shing – Interactive Learning Environments, 2015
This paper presents a design for a cutting-edge English program in which elementary school learners of English as a foreign language in Taiwan had lively interactions with a teaching assistant robot. Three dimensions involved in the design included (1) a pleasant and interactive classroom environment as the learning context, (2) a teaching…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Robotics, Elementary School Students
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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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Williams, Keeshan; Igel, Irina; Poveda, Ronald; Kapila, Vikram; Iskander, Magued – Advances in Engineering Education, 2012
This paper presents a series of illustrative LEGO Mindstorms-based science and math activities, developed under an NSF GK-12 Fellows project, for elementary, middle, and high school grades. The activities, developed by engineering and science graduate Fellows in partnership with K-12 teachers, are grade appropriate, address pertinent learning…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science