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Term 1 2011 Robotics Project April 7, 2011

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Our 2011K-2 Robotics project has begun. Teachers and students have opted to adopt either the Bee-Bot, Constructa-Bot or Pro-bot in their teaching and learning program.

If you are interested to see our efforts, please visit our new blogs:
Bee-Bots & Constructa-Bots
Pro-Bots

Interest has continued for our project to grow and we have responded.
We are accepting expressions of interest from K-6 classes. We will support those classes using Bee-Bots, Constructa-Bots, Pro-Bots, Lego NXT or ED-E, humanoid robot.

2011 ROBOTICS PROJECT

Strategy: Early Years Strategy, Middle Years Strategy
Syllabus Addressed: English, Mathematics, all other KLAs
Contact: Debbie Evans (Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre Director) deborah.evans2@det.nsw.edu.au
Sue Fennell (Project Developer) susan.fennell@det.nsw.edu.au
Karen Blackwell (Technology Manager) karen.blackwell@det.nsw.edu.au

State Priority Area: Connected Learning, Teacher Quality.
Regional Priority Area: to foster and lead differentiated learning
NSWIT Standards addressed: 2.2.3, 3.2.6, 4.2.5, 5.2.3, 6.2.1, 7.2.4.

Project Rationale:
Teacher and student sharing of learning experiences through the blog and formal and informal video conferences gave real-world meaning and context to use of the robotic toys in Iterations 1-2 of this project in 2010. What we now know is that students are excited and engaged by robotic toys in their classrooms, demonstrate verbal and written skills in sharing toys, negotiating activity solutions and reporting on their findings and are excited to use video conferences between schools to share their learning. We also know that teachers seek and value professional development to support classroom practice and quickly and confidently adopted and adapted ideas shared through the 2010 professional learning network (PLN) using the blog or video conferences. Teachers valued robotic toys as a tool for engaging students in multiliteracies in cross-curriculum contexts, valued the creation of a repository of teaching and learning resources and recognised the need to link NSW Quality Teaching Framework to their classroom practice.

Project Objective:
This project will investigate teacher perception of online professional learning practice with a focus on robotics. In 2011, the project will be identifying “best-fit” appropriateness of all available educational robots eg. Bee-Bot, Constructa-Bot, Pro-Bot, Lego NXT and ED-E for identified learning contexts by extending the project into middle years. This investigation will allow for greater differentiation of learning for all students involved by providing access for all students K-12 to robotic technologies while fostering a wider professional learning network.

Progress so far:
Robotics and blogging workshops have been held both at the Centre, in-school and online. Project team members presented a workshop at the South-West Sydney Region: ‘Inspire, Innovate Conference’ in March, 2011.

Potential for development:
The Centre has been exploring the use of 3D stereoscopic and blue screen technologies to produce a 3D film where robots dance on screen while students dance in a live performance. The original student-created choreography, digital music and robot programming coordinate to produce an onstage performance which was piloted in a proof of concept performance at the end of 2010, and this school is interested in refining the production process. Negotiations are currently in progress with the nominated school.

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