Jun 022019
 

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Developing the STEM Experience for In-Service Primary Teachers through Micro-controlling Hardware and Coding

“This paper presents the design and implementation of a technological literacy course in professional development training for a diverse group of in-service primary teachers in Hong Kong. A set of micro-controlling hardware was chosen such that not only the controlling and coding barriers are acceptable to the teachers but that their pupils can also adopt the easy-to-use hardware and software to create STEM projects in primary schools. The hands-on training seeks to broaden their technological experiences in various interfacing and sensing activities. The coding challenge is reduced by introducing visual programming, thereby allowing the learners to focus on real- world problems in the STEM disciplines. Details of the course are provided and the assessment projects by Engineering Design Process are illustrated in this paper. The quantitative evaluation of teachers in their micro-controlling experience is provided.”

Teachers’ Expectations and Experience in Physical Computing

In recent years, physical computing has grown in popularity for school education. Children and teenagers learn basic concepts of embedded systems in a creative and motivating manner. We investigate teachers’ expectations towards and first experiences with physical computing to gain a better understanding of their needs in professional development. We developed, conducted and evaluated a qualitative interview study, identified typical benefits (e.g. motivation, direct feedback and tangibility), topics (e.g. algorithms and data structures) and challenges (e.g. acquisition of suitable hardware and necessary preparations) that teachers associate with physical computing and derive recommendations for professional development and supporting measures.

Robotics in Education (livro/book)

This proceedings volume showcases the latest achievements in research and development in Educational Robotics presented at the 7th International Conference on Robotics in Education (RiE) held in Vienna, Austria, during April 14-15, 2016. The book offers a range of methodologies for teaching robotics and presents various educational robotics curricula. It includes dedicated chapters for the design and analysis of learning environments as well as evaluation means for measuring the impact of robotics on the students’ learning success. Moreover, the book presents interesting programming approaches as well as new applications, the latest tools, systems and components for using robotics. The presented applications cover the whole educative range, from elementary school to high school, college, university and beyond, for continuing education and possibly outreach and workforce development. The book provides a framework involving two complementary kinds of contributions: on the one hand on technical aspects and on the other hand on matters of didactic.

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