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Teachers’ Perceptions of Bee-Bot Robotic Toy and Their Ability to Integrate It in Their Teaching

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Robotics in Education (RiE 2020)

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Robotic toys provide opportunities for learning across different areas of the curriculum. This paper investigates teachers’ perceptions of robotic toys and their ability to integrate the Bee-bot robotic toy in their teaching of English as a foreign language. For the purpose of this research, a training session specialized for teachers of English was held in an informal educational institution in Greece while, a year later a follow-up session took place at the same institution with the aim to reexamine teachers’ perceptions and study their ability to integrate the Bee-bot robotic toy in teaching. In this study, we have followed a qualitative approach and collected qualitative data by carrying out two interviews with the teachers (in the end of the training and in the follow-up session) and by examining their lesson plans. The results show that teachers after receiving training, feel confident and eager to use robotic toys in their teaching and view that that there are multiple applications of this technology in foreign language instruction. After having the opportunity to use robotic toys in their teaching practice, teachers’ perceptions remain positive despite the few challenges they faced in the implementation. The results of the follow-up session indicate that teachers participating in the training were able to integrate the Bee-bot robotic toy in their teaching of English as a foreign language.

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This project received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713679 and from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV).

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Schina, D., Esteve-Gonzalez, V., Usart, M. (2021). Teachers’ Perceptions of Bee-Bot Robotic Toy and Their Ability to Integrate It in Their Teaching. In: Lepuschitz, W., Merdan, M., Koppensteiner, G., Balogh, R., Obdržálek, D. (eds) Robotics in Education. RiE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1316. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67411-3_12

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