Blocks to Robots: Learning with Technology in the Early by Marina Umaschi Bers

By Marina Umaschi Bers

Learn exhibits that attitudes approximately technology, math, and expertise begin to shape throughout the early education years. This pioneering booklet indicates the best way to effectively use expertise within the early youth school room. Grounded in a constructivist method of educating and studying, the writer specializes in robot manipulatives that let childrens to discover advanced techniques in a concrete and enjoyable manner. while, she examines how this expertise engages sensorimotor and socioemotional talents, that are primary for the fit improvement of young ones.

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Debugging, the methodical process of finding and resolving bugs, or defects and problems in a computer program, thus making it behave as expected, plays an important role in the culture of constructionism. Technology circles present a good opportunity for debugging as a community. A technology circle is a time for all, children and adults, to stop their work, put their projects on the table or floor, sit down in a circle together, and share the state of their projects. The teacher can start the technology circle by asking each child or group of children working together: 20 PART I Constructionism: Technology and Early Childhood • What worked as expected and what didn’t?

6. Provide opportunities for children to engage in narrative expression, particularly in telling stories about the self. 7. Engage and motivate users for long periods in a natural and selfinitiated way. 8. Make use of networked technologies to create a community to put to the test new concepts and ways of thinking and behaving. 9. Support the passage from knowledge to action. Namely, provide opportunities for learners to express their identity as well as to explore it through behaviors in the context of a community of practice.

Then, finally, they share their solutions with others. The cycle is repeated multiple times. This simplified version of the engineering design process can be found in the Massachusetts Engineering/Design frameworks (see Figure 5). Providing children with a design journal and with many opportunities to talk about their ideas, and to discuss details of their implementation early in the process, is common practice in constructionist learning environments. As children work on their projects, many iterations and revisions will be done.

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