Teacher Distance Training in Educational Robotics through Synchronous Audiographic Conferencing: towards a learner-centered approach
Abstract: This paper presents a practical use of Synchronous Audio graphic Conferencing (SAC) based on the platform Centra in teacher distance training context realized. The topic of the SAC sessions was educational robotics and especially the technology Lego Mindstorms NXT as a tool for constructionist learning. The learners participated in brainstorming activity, communicated with the trainer and other trainees, shared software applications, participated in opinion polls and were invited to use programming software available only in the trainer’s computer in order to program a robot being on the trainer’s desk. Then they could send their program to the remote robot and watch through a video-camera the reaction of the robot while executing their commands sent distantly. The paper reports the technical and pedagogical setting, explores the potential of the pedagogic strategies and training techniques used to support a learner-centered approach and presents preliminary evaluation results.