Involving Everyone: Coding and Decoding Languages

  • Therese KeaneEmail author
  • Monica Williams
  • Christina Chalmers
  • Marie Boden
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 515)


Through the use of humanoid robots, a rural school in South Australia has included both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in embedding the “sleeping” language of the traditional owners of the land (the Narungga people) into the classroom. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students worked with virtual and real humanoid robots to develop in parallel both their programming skills and their understanding of the Narungga language and culture. This research is part of a larger three-year study investigating the impact of humanoid robots on students’ learning and engagement and draws on questionnaires, interviews and journals from the educators. The study demonstrated how pride and interest in Aboriginal culture can be partially reclaimed using these inclusive and adaptive technologies. Simultaneously, students and educators were learning two languages; the coding language required to program the robot and the Narungga language.


Programming Humanoid robots Aboriginal students Language and culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Therese Keane
    • 1
    Email author
  • Monica Williams
    • 2
  • Christina Chalmers
    • 3
  • Marie Boden
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EducationSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Association of Independent Schools of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.School of IT and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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