Posts Tagged ‘educational robots’


Robotter i skolen og felten (LOM)

February 8, 2016

Tidsskriftet Læring og Medier (LOM) er ude med nyt temanummer om Robotter i skolen og Robotter i felten:

Der er mange interessante artikler. Jeg har selv bidraget med en artikel om feltet autisme, robotteknologier:

Abstract dansk

Feltet robotteknologier og uddannelse er et mega-expansivt felt. I løbet af kun få år, internationalt og i Danmark, er fokus på uddannelsesrobotter og robotteknologi i uddannelse øget markant. 2015 NMC Technology Outlook rapporten tilbyder et teknologi udsyn i de skandinaviske lande, og her placeres robotteknologi og programmering inden for en fire-fem årig adoptionsperiode. I Danmark igangsætter mange kommuner forsøg med robotteknologi i skoler og dagtilbud, og der investeres i mange forskellige robotteknologier. Området uddannelse og robotteknologi involverer flere forskellige tilgange til udvikling af robotteknologi, nye uddannelsesmuligheder og til at understøtte børn og unge menneskers læring og udvikling. Artiklen diskuterer hvordan robot teknologier relateres som læringsressourcer til feltet autisme og uddannelse. Med fokus på børn og unge diagnosticeret med autisme spektrum forstyrrelser, deres it-interesser og engagementer i innovativ og kreativ læring, argumenterer artiklen for et behov for at udvide tilgangen til dette felt i fremtiden. Artiklen relaterer international forskningslitteratur med fokus på robotteknologi og uddannelse til empiriske eksempler fra forfatterens egen forskning i uddannelse for børn og unge diagnosticeret med autisme spektrum forstyrrelser. Det empiriske afsæt er her læreres og elevers interesser i at arbejde med it (fx robotteknologi).

Abstract engelsk

The field of robot technologies and education is rapidly evolving. Within only a few years, internationally and in Denmark, the focus on educational service robots and educational robotics has become more widespread. The 2015 NMC Technology Outlook report providing a technology outlook on Scandinavian schools places robotics and programming within a four to five year time-to-adoption period. At the moment in Denmark, many municipalities are initiating trials, investing in and engaging a diverse range of robot technologies in both daycare and schools. The field of education and robot technologies involves several very different educational approaches to supporting young people’s learning and development. The paper discusses how robot technologies as learning resources have been related to the field of autism and education, and argues for a need to further expand the areas of application in the future, with a focus on children and young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, their ICT interests and engagement in innovative and creative learning. The paper draws on international research and examples from the author’s own research into education for children and young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, drawing on teachers’ and the students’ interests in working with ICT (e.g. robot technology).



DASTS 2010

June 10, 2010

Today and tomorrow I am attending the DASTS 2010 conference (Danish Association of Science and Technology Studies) held at our university (The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University). Today’s keynote speaker was Tara Fenwick who has just (2010) published a new book together with Richard Edwards “Actor-Network Theory in Education”. I personally look forward to reading that. Fenwick’s presentation gave a nice overview of some of the work that has been done to combine educational research and ANT. I found it particularly interesting to hear about the contributions from ANT to educational research and education, and the contributions from educational research to ANT, which Fenwick sees.

Today’s sessions also included a couple of interesting speeches on the one-laptop per child initiative from researchers Jan Sølberg and Lars Bo Andersen who have been visiting Nigerian schools.

Their speeches reminded me of the influential work of Helen Verran who has worked “with Yoruba West African and Yolngu Aboriginal Australian thinkers to puzzle about how to go beyond European Enlightenment understandings in re-imagining knowing nature”. (Source: Verran’s homepage)

It seems to me that there is much really interesting work going on at present within Danish Science and Technology Studies. Just to mention a few other issues that where presented: interesting work-in-progress speeches by Cathrine Hasse about teaching/educational robots and the (inter)relations between human and robotic learning and Torben Elgaard Jensen about approaches to user-driven innovation, how the field of STS has contributed to conceptualizations of users and thoughts on more recent generations of what he called  “the new user?”