Seminar on Computational Thinking Education by CoolThink@JC : Examining the Multi-dimensional Learning Affordances of Robotics for Computational Thinking

This Seminar, under CoolThink@JC funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, on Examining the Multi-dimensional Learning Affordances of Robotics for Computational Thinking by Prof. Florence Sullivan will be organized by The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) on 26 October 2018 (Friday) with details as follows:

Keynote Speaker Prof. Florence SULLIVAN (University of Massachusetts Amherst, The United States)
Date 26 October 2018 (Friday)
Time 2:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.
Venue Conference Centre (E-1/F-01), Block E, The Education University of Hong Kong (10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po)
Language English
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All are welcome to join this Seminar. Registration is on first-come-first-served basis at . Please reserve your seat by 14 October 2018 (Sunday).



About the Speaker

Prof. Florence R. Sullivan is a Professor of Learning Technology and Chair of the Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies department in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Creativity, Technology, and Learning: Theory for Classroom Practice, published by Routledge Press in 2017. She currently serves as Chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group on Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning and is an associate editor for the interdisciplinary journal ACM Transactions on Computing Education. Her research focuses on middle school (ages 11-14) student’s collaborative learning with constructionist-based, computational media including LEGO robotics and Scratch. She has published over 30 papers on this topic in the last 10 years.


About the Seminar

Educational robotics provides children with a number of entry points for engagement in learning and the development of computational thinking. Drawing on over ten years of research, Prof. Sullivan will present findings related to how the multi-dimensional nature of the robotics problem space supports student learning and engagement with robotics from cognitive, social, and affective lenses. This presentation will also demonstrate how moving between two- and three-dimensional representations promotes problem solving discussions focused on debugging, algorithmic development, and systems understanding. Moreover, Prof. Sullivan will discuss the physical and mobile nature of the robotics device itself, how can it motivates playful engagement with the activity, as well as how to further support student development of computational thinking.





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