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Mini-Robots as Smart Gadgets: Promoting Active Learning of Key K-12 Social Science Skills

Mini-Robots as Smart Gadgets: Promoting Active Learning of Key K-12 Social Science Skills
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Author(s): Beverly B. Ray (Idaho State University, USA) and Caroline E. Faure (Idaho State University, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 16
Source title: Handbook of Research on Mobile Devices and Smart Gadgets in K-12 Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Amar Ali Khan (National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan) and Sajid Umair (The University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2706-0.ch002

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Abstract

The chapter proposes to outline best practices in the use of a set of mini-robots (i.e., smart gadgets) to promote active and meaningful learning in the Social Sciences. Key K-12 social science skills supported by their use include coding, sequencing, including time lining, map making, planning, organizing, peer collaboration, and the comprehension and interpretation of maps and written texts. The theoretical foundation supporting the use in the Social Sciences of is examined in this chapter. Next, barriers to use are explored before moving into an examination of one strategy for integration into the Social Sciences. Finally, the chapter concludes with an exploration of issues and recommendations for mitigating those issues will be discussed along with linkage of use to specific Social Science concept (i.e., discovery, exploration, and technology).

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