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Digital Manipulatives as Froebel’s Gifts in the 21st Century? Pre-Service Teachers Report on their Experience of Using Lego Mindstorms with Children in Irish Schools
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, Froebel College of Education, Ireland ; , Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Programmable robots, and digital manipulatives in general, have been seen as a 21st century analogy of the "gifts" of the German educationalist Friedrich Froebel, originator of the concept of the kindergarten. This paper considers a group of pre-service teachers who study at a College of Education with a strong Froebelian tradition and who took a module on Lego Mindstorms. They first learnt to build and program robots and then went out into schools to teach children to do likewise. The paper aims to capture their experiences of the module and to report their views on the potential for IT, in particular digital manipulatives, in elementary and/or middle schools. Implications for further work that might enhance their vision are identified.

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Butler, R. & Oldham, E. (2007). Digital Manipulatives as Froebel’s Gifts in the 21st Century? Pre-Service Teachers Report on their Experience of Using Lego Mindstorms with Children in Irish Schools. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1417-1424). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 19, 2019 from .

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