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9780807748473

Blocks to Robots

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807748473

  • ISBN10:

    0807748471

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-09
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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Summary

Research shows that attitudes about science, math, and technology start to form during the early schooling years. This pioneering book shows how to successfully use technology in the early childhood classroom. Grounded in a constructivist approach to teaching and learning, the author focuses on robotic manipulatives that allow children to explore complex concepts in a concrete and fun way. At the same time, she examines how this technology engages sensorimotor and socioemotional skills, which are fundamental for the healthy development of young children.

Author Biography

Marina Umaschi Bers is an assistant professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introduction: Playful Learning: Little Robots, Big Ideasp. 1
Constructionism: Technology and Early Childhoodp. 11
Constructionism as Developmentally Appropriate Practicep. 13
Learning by Designing Within a Communityp. 16
Technological Tools for Learning: From Building Blocks to Roboticsp. 21
Powerful Ideas and Wonderful Ideasp. 23
Learning About Learning with Technologyp. 27
Socioemotional and Developmental Contexts for Learning with Roboticsp. 30
The Big Picture: Promoting Positive Technological Developmentp. 31
Promoting Socioemotional Development Through Roboticsp. 36
Technology in the Classroom: Technocentric vs. Systemic Approachesp. 39
The Role of the Family: Lessons from Literacyp. 41
Vignette: A Well-Kept Secret: Classroom Management with Roboticsp. 46
Why LEGO Engineering?p. 46
What Are the Obstacles and How Have Teachers Gotten Around Them?p. 48
But What About the Girls?p. 50
Is It All Worth It?p. 51
What Next?p. 52
Vignette: The Engineering Design Process in a Kindergarten Study Groupp. 53
Project Goalsp. 54
The Initial Provocationp. 54
Curriculum Planningp. 56
Implementing the Curriculump. 56
Extending Engineeringp. 59
Interview with Rebecca S. New: Moving from "I Know" to "I Wonder": Revisiting Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Light of Sociocultural Theoriesp. 60
Using Robotic Manipulatives in the Early Childhood Classroomp. 67
Robotic Manipulatives as Learning Toolsp. 69
What Is a Robotic Manipulative?p. 69
Teaching and Learning Powerful Ideas with a Robotic Manipulativep. 76
Designing the Environment: A Practical Guidep. 85
Designing the Learning Environmentp. 85
Developmentally Appropriate Robotics Construction Kitsp. 89
Engaging Parentsp. 92
Resourcesp. 95
Curriculum Startersp. 96
Vignette: Building Boston Together: Local History Through Roboticsp. 103
The Freedom Trailp. 106
Vignette: Engineering by Designp. 108
Engineering by Design in First Gradep. 109
Getting Started: From Play to Designp. 110
The Engineering Design Processp. 110
Interview with Terry Green: Insights from Experience: From Lunar Rovers to Chaosp. 115
Conclusionp. 121
Engineering and Technology Standards in the United Statesp. 125
Sample Curriculum Starterp. 134
Sample Design Journalp. 136
Referencesp. 143
Indexp. 149
About the Authorp. 154
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