Australian Council for Computers in Education, ACCE 2016

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The impact of humanoid robots on students’ computational thinking
Therese Keane, Christina Chalmers, Monica Williams, Marie Boden

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Date: 2016-10-02 11:05 AM – 11:35 AM
Last modified: 2016-08-28


This paper will introduce the 4plus4 Model that describes deep student learning when an innovative technology such as humanoid robots are integrated into a revised pedagogy. The aim of the study was to understand the impact of humanoid robots on student learning, the integration of the robots into the curriculum and the pedagogical approaches that enhance and extend student learning. The experiences of teachers were obtained through questionnaires, interviews and journals. Collected data was triangulated to determine how the humanoid robots were utilised in the classroom, and recurring themes were documented. The research findings are presented in a thematic style, and provide an insight into the educational benefits of using humanoid robots. The preliminary findings focus on the 4plus4 Model that represent a richer understanding of the deep student learning and this deep learning is evident across a range of contexts from early childhood through to secondary.


4plus4 Model; Humanoid robots; Student Engagement; Student Learning;

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