Study: Robots @ SchoolBy Ian Schulte June 17, 2011
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Over the past few years, we’ve worked closely with children, using creative exercises to understand how they perceive technology – how they think technology can (and should) change; how they’d like to interact with technology (and the world through it); and how technology can be applied to solve complex, global problems.
As we’ve discovered across several studies, kids often gravitate toward robots (and more specifically, humanoid /anthropomorphic robots) when they think of the future of technology, so we’ve decided to explore the subject directly.
Robots @ School, the latest installment in our KIDS series, is being conducted in collaboration with the LEGO Learning Institute and Project Synthesis, an ideas consultancy. The study uses storytelling and illustration to explore, across several dimensions, how children might like to interact with robots in a variety of situations related to school and learning. In addition to capturing wonderfully inventive, vivid narratives and robot concepts, we’re looking for insights into how children think about the intersections of play, creativity, learning, and social interaction – insights that could inform next-generation learning content and technologies, and more generally, how we think about where and how learning could happen.
We’re kicking off this project with participation from several classrooms in Australia and the US, but it’s open for participation to any kids ages 8-12 – so parents, if you think your child or children would be interested in participating, please visit the link below.
I’m interested in participating in Latitude’s Robots @ School survey
If you’re an educator, after school program administrator, or anyone else who might like to involve a group of children in this activity, please contact Klara Gregory at email@example.com to learn how your organization can participate.
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