Breakout Session

Robotics Across the Content Areas

Track: Emerging Technology            

Breakout Session VII
Fri. 12:00pm-12:55pm

Abstract
In this presentation, we will explore the NAO robot, a small humanoid robot for educational applications. The bot is already in widespread use as a development platform for roboticists. However, the Nao does not require students to learn and write lines of computer code. The NAO comes with a visual programming tool designed to allow students to code behaviors for the robot, including gestures, movements, sounds, music, and speech. It teaches systems thinking in terms of order and process by building programs using block language. These drag-and-drop blocks enable students to make the robot participate in their learning.

 

Zieger, Laura

Bio
Dr. Laura Zieger is the Chairperson and a Professor in the department of Educational Technology and School Library Media at New Jersey City University.  Her recent contributions to the field focus on online teaching and learning, student-centered instructional approaches and strategies integrating emerging technologies and robotics, and social computing applications in education (including game-based approaches).

 

Carnahan, Christopher       

Bio
Dr. Carnahan is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Technology Department at NJCU.  Previously he served as an administrator for an online high school. Dr. Carnahan has had a research track that has focused primarily on the use of online and virtual world learning at the K-12 level.  He has published in refereed journals and conference proceedings such as TechTrends, Journal of Communications Media, and Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference.