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Bee-Bot for Computational Thinking: An Artifact Analysis
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, , Indiana University, Bloomington, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Online ISBN 978-1-939797-48-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Computational thinking (CT) offers an approach that helps to introduce students to computing principles. Integrating computational thinking into an education curriculum early on is important as it helps students to make crucial cross-curricular connections, improves academic achievement, and develops problem-solving skills. CT is not tied to a programming language but is a way to solve problems abstractly and systematically. Educational robots are one method for integrating CT into the educational curriculum. The purpose of this poster/demo is to reflect on the usage of the Bee-Bot robot for teaching CT to elementary school students. Artifact analysis was used to analyze its usability for teaching CT. This analysis will help teachers, pre-service teachers to plan their lessons better using bee-bots, in multiple subject areas and literacies while teaching CT skills to young children.

Citation

Bhattacharya, P. & Brown, M. (2020). Bee-Bot for Computational Thinking: An Artifact Analysis. In D. Schmidt-Crawford (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2-7). Online: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 3, 2020 from .

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