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Programmable toys and free play in early childhood classrooms

Posted on 22 May 2018 with 0 comments
Early childhood

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Newhouse, Cooper and Codery (2017) investigated ways young children interact with discrete programmable digital toys in a free play setting. Researchers worked with teachers to provide children with two types of digital toys, the Sphero and the Beebot. It was found that without some explicit scaffolding the children did not tend to demonstrate any actions that could be associated with an understanding of ‘algorithms’. However, they did demonstrate motivation, engagement, and increased proficiency and recognition with using the hardware and software

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