13th to 16th July University of Warwick, UK
This video shows the presentation given by Dave Catlin on the 14th July, 2017.
If you search for definitions for Maker Space you will find words and phrases like enthusiasm, shared interest and technology. It represents a belief in the value of tinkering. Society has always respected the tinkerer and education have longed to bring their spirit to the classroom. Is it possible? How would you do it? This paper is an account of a school and a teacher who succeeding in achieving these goals. It records how he answered these questions and more importantly, how he created a Maker Space which helped deliver the curriculum, improve student test scores without suffocating the Maker Space spirit of adventure.
In 1986 Seymour Papert, the “father of Logo,” collaborated with award-winning film maker William Schwartz and Elizabeth Schwartz, who was Assistant Superintendent of the Ladue, Missouri School District, to produce Seymour Papert On Logo.
At the Constructionism Conference 2016, Bangkok, Thailand, Cynthia Solomon received a Lifetime Achievement Award. As one of the people involved from the start Cynthia took the opportunity to talk about the history of this remarkable project. This is a video of her presentation.
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. (more…)
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.
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…)
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
On April 28, 2004, Seymour Papert gave a presentation at the University of Maine on some materials that they prepared for helping students understand mathematics. (more…)
This is a glimpse of Seymour introducing Logo and Turtle Geometry. The videos were taken from Seymour Papert on Logo a video series made by William and Elizabeth Schwartz, Ladue, Missouri.
Here Papert introduces the simplicity of the Turtle idea.
Now Papert shows how quickly you can use this simple idea to explore geometric ideas.
Papert explains the connection between the Turtle and body geometry (technically called body Synconicity). The ERA Principle of Embodiment claims this connection is stronger between student and physical robot compared with that of student and screen Turtle.
What I like about this video is Seymour shows that Logo and Turtles do not simply explain mathematical and coding ideas: they encourage students to explore. The spirit of “What if we did this?” is at the heart of educational robots.
The On Logo and On LogoWriter videos are copyright Media Microworlds Inc.
In 1969, when he created the Turtle robot Seymour Papert became the father of educational robots. Papert worked for MIT and became a consultant for Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) Technologies. As part of that work he invented LOGO a computer language for education. These were the days of before desktop computers existed. People were creating high-level computer languages for specific purposes. For example, they’d invented FORTRAN for mathematics, science, and COBOL for business. When Papert devised LOGO he included Turtle Graphics – a new approach to geometry. When students programmed a Turtle robot they used mathematics to explore the world around them. The BBC Horizon television series showed Talking Turtle in 1983. It tells the story of Papert, his work and its development at MIT and Edinburgh University.