Blocks to Robots Leaning with Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

ISBN-10: 0807748471

ISBN-13: 9780807748473

Edition: 2008

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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.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 3/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Marin Umaschi Bers, PhD is Associate Professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University, where she heads the interdisciplinary Developmental Technologies (DevTech) research group.

Mirina Umaschi Bers is assisstant pProfessor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, and adjunct professor, Computer Science Department, Tufts University

Carrie Lobman, Ed. D., is Assisstan Professor of Education, Rutgers University. Matthew Lundquist, MSSW, Msed., is a school social worker and staff therapist, Social Therapy Group in New York City.

Introduction: Playful Learning: Little Robots, Big Ideas
Constructionism: Technology and Early Childhood
Constructionism as Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Learning by Designing Within a Community
Technological Tools for Learning: From Building Blocks to Robotics
Powerful Ideas and Wonderful Ideas
Learning About Learning with Technology
Socioemotional and Developmental Contexts for Learning with Robotics
The Big Picture: Promoting Positive Technological Development
Promoting Socioemotional Development Through Robotics
Technology in the Classroom: Technocentric vs. Systemic Approaches
The Role of the Family: Lessons from Literacy
Vignette: A Well-Kept Secret: Classroom Management with Robotics
Why LEGO Engineering?
What Are the Obstacles and How Have Teachers Gotten Around Them?
But What About the Girls?
Is It All Worth It?
What Next?
Vignette: The Engineering Design Process in a Kindergarten Study Group
Project Goals
The Initial Provocation
Curriculum Planning
Implementing the Curriculum
Extending Engineering
Interview with Rebecca S. New: Moving from "I Know" to "I Wonder": Revisiting Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Light of Sociocultural Theories
Using Robotic Manipulatives in the Early Childhood Classroom
Robotic Manipulatives as Learning Tools
What Is a Robotic Manipulative?
Teaching and Learning Powerful Ideas with a Robotic Manipulative
Designing the Environment: A Practical Guide
Designing the Learning Environment
Developmentally Appropriate Robotics Construction Kits
Engaging Parents
Curriculum Starters
Vignette: Building Boston Together: Local History Through Robotics
The Freedom Trail
Vignette: Engineering by Design
Engineering by Design in First Grade
Getting Started: From Play to Design
The Engineering Design Process
Interview with Terry Green: Insights from Experience: From Lunar Rovers to Chaos
Engineering and Technology Standards in the United States
Sample Curriculum Starter
Sample Design Journal
About the Author
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