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Developing Third-Grade Students’ Computational Thinking Skills with Educational Robotics
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, , University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Washington, D.C., United States ISBN 978-1-939797-32-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The paper addresses the issue of how computational thinking can be taught to young children with the use of educational robotics using the kit LEGO WeDo Due to the young age of the students who participated in the study, computational thinking was measured in terms of four sub-skills, namely, sequencing, correspondence between actions and instructions, debugging, and flow of control Students were assigned to an experimental group and a control group The results of the study showed that educational robotics was an effective method for teaching computational thinking skills to elementary school students According to the findings, students in the experimental group outperformed the students in the control group These findings showed that, despite the short duration of the intervention, engaging children in computer programming activities with robots helped them to develop computational thinking skills

Citation

Angeli, C. & Makridou, E. (2018). Developing Third-Grade Students’ Computational Thinking Skills with Educational Robotics. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1-8). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 19, 2019 from .

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