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Learning Intentions and Educational Robots

Setting Up Successful educational Robots Activities

Constructionism 2016 Bangkok, Thailand, 1st – 5th February, 2016. Some teachers run excellent lessons with educational robots. Others fail. Good teaching practise, is the key to success and prevails despite diverse and difficult challenges. What is good practice? How can we make sure teachers apply it to educational robots? Constructivism underpins the use of robots, but putting theory in to practise has met with difficulties. The increased focus on curriculum and high-stakes testing makes matters worse. Most teachers I meet feel bullied into “teaching to test” and feel forced into abandoning constructivism for more direct teaching methods. Can teachers deliver lessons that meet their curriculum duties and keep the constructivism spirit alive? These practical questions concern the educational robotic community1. This paper is one of a series that looks at these issues. Continue reading

Using Educational Robotics Research to Transform the Classroom

Establishing a Robotics Community of Evidenced-based Practice using MESH Guides and the TACTICS Framework

6th International Conference on Robotics in Education, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland


Trends in the USA and UK insist that classroom interventions are supported by evidence of their efficacy. The body of evidence supporting the value of educational robots is growing. However, a perennial problem remains, how can such evidence impact everyday teaching and the use of educational robots in the classroom? MESHGuides are created by an international network of educators who are mapping the research base underpinning educational practice and making it readily available to teachers anywhere in the world. The TACTICS Framework sets a standard for how research information should be integrated into evidenced-based activities and how these activities can be used to inform research. This paper introduces these ideas and shows how they have been applied to the Turtle type educational robot, Roamer.

Assessment for Learning

Research Shows the Value of AfL – a Key Skill in Using Roamer Successfully

Roamer Activities are structured around Assessment for Learning (AfL) methods.  Research shows AfL is extremely effective in raising pupil’s eventual achievement in tests and exams as well as capturing their interest and commitment.  In this video Professor Ted Wragg and Bethan Marshall review the Assessment for Learning approach and explain some of the evidence that supports its use. Continue reading

Mapping Roamer Activities to TACTICS Framework

MESHGuides are designed to provide evidence-based advice to support educators’ professional judgements.  TACTICS is one of the tools used to help create an effective MESHGuide.  Developed by Professor James O’Meara, National Louis University, Chicago, USA the TACTICS Framework provides and independent standard we can use to evaluate the structure and strategy underpinning the design of Roamer Activities.  This presentation shows how Roamer Activities are TACTICS compliant. Continue reading