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Logo History Interview

  • Published September 10, 2015
  • By Cynthia Solomon, Wally Feurzeig, Gary Stager and Celia Hoyles

At the Paris Constructionism Conference held in 2010 Celia Hoyles interviewed Logo pioneers Cynthia Solomon and Wally Feurzeig and Logo advocate Gary Stager about the history of Logo.  This fascinating interview reveals some of the thinking behind the whole endeavour.


Using Educational Robotics Research to Transform the Classroom

  • Published May 21, 2015
  • By Dave Catlin, Andrew P. Csizmadia, James G. OMeara and Dr Sarah Younie
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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

  • Published December 21, 2014
  • By Professor Ted Wragg and Bethan Marshall

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. (more…)

Mapping Roamer Activities to TACTICS Framework

  • Published December 10, 2014
  • By Dave Catlin

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. (more…)

Using Peer Assessment with Educational Robots

Catlin, D. (2014) Using Peer Assessment with Educational Robots, Peer Review, Peer Assessment and Self Assessment in Education, 1st International Workshop, Tallinn University (Ülikool), Estonia.  Collated with the 13th International Conference on Web-based Learning ICWL 2014 August 14-17, 2014.  Pub Springer Verlag. (more…)

Educational Robots and Computational Thinking

  • Published July 22, 2014
  • By Dave Catlin and Dr John Woollard
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Catlin, D. and Woollard, J.  (2014) Educational Robots and Computational Thinking,  TRTWR & RIE (Teaching Robotics and the Teaching with Robotics and Robotics in Education) International Workshop 2014, Padua, Italy


A multi-case study of student interactions with educational robots and impact on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning and attitudes

  • Published May 1, 2014
  • By Dr. Stephanie Holmquist

A Doctoral Theses that examines the Space Craft Rescue project in more detail. (more…)

Using Therapeutic Robots to Teach Children with Autism in the Classroom

  • Published March 30, 2014
  • By Katharina I. Boser, Corinna E. Lathan, Charlotte Safos, Rita Shewbridge, Carole Samango-Sprouse, and Marek Michalowski
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Exploring Research and Innovation

This is Chapter 5 from Technology Tools for Students with Autism: Innovations that Enhance Independence and Learning by Katharina I. Boser, Ph.D., Matthew S. Goodwin, Ph.D., & Sarah C. Wayland, Ph.D Brookes Publishing 2014.  (more…)

A Day in the Life of an Educational Robot

Catlin, D. (2013) A Day in the Life of an Educational Robot. A Report and Analysis of a School Working with Educational Robots. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Robotics in Education. Sept 19th and 20th 2013, Lodz University of Technology, Poland. (more…)

Feasibility of Gestural Feedback Treatment for Upper Extremity Movement in Children with Cerebral Palsy

  • Published March 21, 2013
  • By Krista Coleman Wood. Corinna E. Lathan, Kenton R.Kaufman
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Development of an interactive system to treat patients with movement impairments of the upper extremity is described. Gestures and movements of patients as instructed by therapists are detected by accelerometers and feedback is provided directly to the patient via a robot. (more…)