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Scandola, Michele; Fiorini, Paolo – Themes in Science and Technology Education, 2013
Digital Storytelling (DST) is a powerful tool for teaching complex concepts. DSTs are typically used in the humanities but several papers have shown that they are also a wonderful tool for the sciences because they are more involving, contextualized and can easily lead to deeper understanding. In the classical use of DST the story is the content,…
Descriptors: Robotics, Fundamental Concepts, Teaching Methods, Story Telling
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Sartori, Luisa; Becchio, Cristina; Bulgheroni, Maria; Castiello, Umberto – Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 2009
Four experiments investigated the influence of a sudden social request on the kinematics of a preplanned action. In Experiment 1, participants were requested to grasp an object and then locate it within a container (unperturbed trials). On 20% of trials, a human agent seated nearby the participant unexpectedly stretched out her arm and unfolded…
Descriptors: Social Environment, Robotics, Intention, Experimental Psychology
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Busetti, Emanuela; Dettori, Giuliana; Forcheri, Paola; Ierardi, Maria Grazia – International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, 2007
In this article we describe an approach to the design of learning objects (LOs) suitable to support learning in complex domains. We briefly discuss, from an educational point of view, the methodological choices underlying the design of LOs to be used as didactical materials in a distributed Web-based environment, presently under development,…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Material Development, Web Based Instruction, Robotics
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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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Mazzoni, Elvis; Benvenuti, Martina – Educational Technology & Society, 2015
This paper presents an exploratory study in which a humanoid robot (MecWilly) acted as a partner to preschool children, helping them to learn English words. In order to use the Socio-Cognitive Conflict paradigm to induce the knowledge acquisition process, we designed a playful activity in which children worked in pairs with another child or with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Papadima-Sophocleous, Salomi, Ed.; Bradley, Linda, Ed.; Thouësny, Sylvie, Ed. – Research-publishing.net, 2016
The 23rd EUROCALL conference was held in Cyprus from the 24th to the 27th of August 2016. The theme of the conference this year was "CALL Communities and Culture." It offered a unique opportunity to hear from real-world CALL practitioners on how they practice CALL in their communities, and how the CALL culture has developed in local and…
Descriptors: Conference Papers, Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)