Robotics as a Vehicle for Multiliteracies

Chapter 12 in Multiliteracies and Technology Enhanced Education

Social Practice and the Global Classroom

This chapter is a catalyst for encouraging educators to use robotics as a vehicle for multiliteracies.  This chapter will provide compelling, practical evidence of multimodal nature of robotics, highlighting the potential of robotics to encompass any or all of the linguistic, spatial, visual and audio and gestural elements of multileteracies, as described by the New London Group (1996).  The social and technological benefits of both genders arising from the integration of robotics into the curriculum, and their importance in a rapidly changing world are discussed, as is the need for educators to learn how to facilitate a learning environment that entices students to take risks and solve problems through the development of higher-order thinking skills.  Robotics crosses curriculum boundaries, and engages and motivates students of all ages by making learning directed and real.

Editors Darren L. Pullen and David R. Cole.

Therapeutic Robotics for Children with Disabilities: A Case Study

AnthTronix developed CosmoBot a robotic  toolkit  designed  to  improve  therapy,  education,  and  play  for  children  with disabilities.  By adding CosmoBot to Roamer you extend the robot’s capacities.  In this, it offers one solution to the issues identified in the Special Educational Robot Project (SERP).  This paper outlines the toolkit and presents case study data to support the design. (more…)

Robot Dawn 2

‘Robotics Connecting design technology to other subjects’

Dave Catlin, designer of Roamer continues his look at robotics in education. In the first article, he explained you could use robots in schools in two ways. Educational technology uses robots to help teach. And technology education refers to learning about robots. In this article, he focuses on technology education and the potential of robots as part of Design Technology. This Technology Today published this article in September 2007.

Towards a Culture of Creativity

A Personal Perspective on Logo’s Early Years, Legacy and Ongoing Potential

Wally Feurzeig was the led the project that produced Logo and the first educational robot – the Turtle.  In this paper delivered at the 2007 Euro Logo Conference in Bratislava Wally presents some fascinating details about the development of Logo and Turtles.  It puts many of the issues into context.  If like me you are interested in the history of the development it does answer some of the mysteries hidden in the sands of time.  More importantly it revives the educational philosophical precepts that offered such hope.  Alas it also discusses how the influence of political bean-counters have strangled something so beautiful.

Emotional Communications in Robots

The Soft Side of Roamer

This white paper explores some of the emerging technologies which we can add to Roamer.  It answers some of the issues arising from SERP by extending Roamer’s ability to engage students.  Roamer’s modular design allows you to create robots to suit your educational  goals. (more…)

Roamer Robot in Portugal

A Report on Practical Use of Educational Robots

In Portugal, CNOTINFOR team is training teachers and other professionals to use the Roamer robot on their classes or therapy groups.  But this work had started some years ago, when the Education Ministry of Portugal begun a project called MINERVA that had train many teachers to used ICT in their classrooms. All software was Logo based, with a turtle. One of the ICT available tools was Roamer robot.  Today CNOTINFOR sells Roamer Robot in Portugal, but all the training and support projects that involve the use of this robot in an innovative way. In this document we will show examples of what have been done with Roamer Robot in Portugal and what many people think about it. It is important to mention that many schools are at the moment buying Roamer Robot because the Ministry of Education had certificate it as an important tool for education.

Seymour Papert on Mathematics

How Should We Teach Mathematics?

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…)

The Roamer: An Object for Re-Adapting in the Case of Adolescents with a Cranial Trauma

A report from France on how Roamer was used to help a student brain damaged in a car accident.  They had lost the ability to do basic mathematics.  Attempts to re-teach them were met with aggression.  Roamer helped to solve this problem and enabled the student to accept the situation and work with his teachers. (more…)

About Procedural Computing: The Roamer Robot

Evaluating  the Use of  Roamer in Special Education in France

This paper reviews the problematic history of Logo and Turtle robots in France.  However, Daniel Jacquet and colleagues at the CNFEI (Centre National d’études et de Formation pour l’Enfance Inadaptée) decided to evaluate Roamer as a tool for use in special education.  This White Paper presents their findings. (more…)

Children, Robotics and Problem Solving

Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

This paper is a modified version of the keynote address given at the conference for Technology Education of primary teachers and educators, 18th-19th July, 1996 Hobart, Tasmania.   It shows how you can use Roamer to develop student’s sustainable (lifelong learning) skill of problem solving.