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Sullivan, Florence; Lin, Xiadong – Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 2012
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of middle school students' perceptions of the ideal science student to their problem solving activity and conceptual understanding in the applied science area of robotics. Twenty-six 11 and 12 year-olds (22 boys) attending a summer camp for academically advanced students participated in the…
Descriptors: Technology Education, Statistical Analysis, Robotics, Problem Solving
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Francis, Andrea; Mishra, Punya – Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 2009
Interactive toys for children are becoming more popular for both play and educational purposes, yet an understanding of the dependent measures used to study such interactions has not yet been explored. This study takes advantage of the idea that robotic animals exhibit both living and pretend qualities, and are therefore ideal for studying…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Play, Toys, Robotics
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Beals, Laura; Bers, Marina – Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 2006
New technologies are slowly making it into the early childhood classroom; however, many families expose their children to these technologies before they encounter them in the formal school setting. Thus, many parents serve as the first teachers of technological literacy to their children. Or, as it is more frequent, parents and children learn…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Programming, Technological Literacy, Robotics
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Miglino, Orazio; Lund, Henrik Hautop; Cardaci, Maurizio – Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 1999
Explores a new educational application of Piaget's theories of cognitive development: the use, as a teaching tool, of physical robots conceived as artificial organisms. Reviews educational projects using real robots. Shows that the use of intelligent systems to enlarge the view of biological reality could become an integral part of curricula in…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Computer Uses in Education
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Martin, Taylor; Berland, Matthew; Benton, Tom; Smith, Carmen Petrick – Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 2013
In this paper, we present two studies examining how high school students learn to program in a mobile, social programming environment that we have developed and deployed ("IPRO"). IPRO is delivered, with an associated curriculum, as an iPod Touch app and is freely and publicly available. We find that the affordances of mobility and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Programming, Cooperation, Mobility
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Chang, Chih-Wei; Chen, Gwo-Dong – Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 2010
Elementary school is the critical stage during which the development of listening comprehension and oral abilities in language acquisition occur, especially with a foreign language. However, the current foreign language instructors often adopt one-way teaching, and the learning environment lacks any interactive instructional media with which to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction