Enhancing a robotics unit with social computing tools in the Queensland outback

Anderson, Neil, and Cameron, Gemma (2008) Enhancing a robotics unit with social computing tools in the Queensland outback. In: Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference, 2008, pp. 18-23. From: Australian Computers in Education Conference, 29 September -2 October 2008, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper draws on research from a larger national SiMERR (Centre for Science, ICT, Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia) project for 'collaboration between the SiMERR-ICT state/territory hubs and the SiMERR National Centre … to raise the awareness of the possibilities for, and impact of social computing on, student learning. This is to be achieved through providing a supported professional learning opportunity for teachers to implement action learning in their own school and participate in a community of practice' (Reading, 2007). A cluster of schools near Longreach in western Queensland combined a unit incorporating robotics with professional development via videoconferencing. Collaboration occurred across four schools using blogs, podcasts and discussion boards. This paper will present an overview of the geographical location along with information about the model for implementation of the curriculum unit. It will provide a literature review on robotics and social computing tools and then report on outcomes from the students' engagement with the classroom unit, along with ideas for future directions.

Item ID: 7774
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: rural education; blogs; video conferencing; professional development
ISBN: 978-0-646-49809-6
Date Deposited: 04 May 2010 02:13
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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