Maximising the Effectiveness of Educational Robotics through the Use of Assessment for Learning Methodologies

  • Published April 20, 2012
  • By Dave Catlin

Catlin, D. (2012), Maximising the Effectiveness of Educational Robotics through the Use of Assessment for Learning Methodologies, 3rd International Workshop “Teaching robotics, teaching with robotics”: Integrating robotics in the school curriculum. Riva del Garda (TN), Italy, Friday April 20th, 2012.Abstract. Like all tools, educational robots are only as effective as our skill in using them. We consider the methodologies grouped under the heading of Assessment for Learning (AfL) as a summary of best teaching practice. This paper explains how AfL and educational roboticsa form a symbiotic relationship that can truly enhance a student’s learning experience. It reviews AfL methods and shows their natural empathy with ERA Principles and how to adapt them into lesson plans featuring educational robots. This theoretical analysis is supported by classroom observations where teachers have applied these ideas to their use of the Roamer® robot.

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