Designing Tools that Allows Children in the Early Childhood to Program Robots

Tipo de publicación: Conference Paper

Publicado en: Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Technology in Education

Autores
  • Ramírez-Benavides, Kryscia
  • López, Gustavo
  • Guerrero, Luis A.
  • Zaphiris, Panayiotis
  • Ioannou, Andri

Investigadores del CITIC asociados a la publicación
Kryscia Ramírez Benavides
Gustavo López Herrera
Luis Alberto Guerrero Blanco

Proyecto asociado a la publicación
Creación de un entorno de programación colaborativo orientado a niños entre 4 y 6 años que fomente el pensamiento lógico-matemático y la solución de problemas

Palabras claves
  • early childhood education
  • Interaction design
  • Programming robots
  • Programming tool
  • User interfaces and Human computer interaction
  • User-Centered Design
Resumen

This paper describes the design and evaluation process of two mobile programming assistance tools that allow children in the early childhood to develop programs and execute them using robots. The tools are called TITIBOTS and TITIBOTS Colab which incorporates collaboration. The tools have icon-based interfaces and integrate visual programming, robotics, and mobile devices as one tool. The main issues and lessons learned during the design process are described. The methodology used in this project was User-Centered Design (UCD) process. The tools were developed and evaluated applying participatory-design, experience prototyping, and usability testing. The final product are two simple, intuitive, and easy to use tools, for children between 4 and 6 years old. The results were promising: children liked the applications and were willing to continue using it to program robots for solving specific tasks.

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Designing Tools that Allows Children in the Early Childhood to Program Robots