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Title: Sustainable Educational Robotics. Contingency Plan during Lockdown in Primary School
Authors: Alamo, Judit
Quevedo Gutiérrez, Eduardo Gregorio 
Santana Coll, Alejandro
Ortega Sarmiento, Samuel 
Fabelo Gómez, Himar Antonio 
Marrero Callicó, Gustavo Iván 
Zapatera, Alberto
UNESCO Clasification: 58 Pedagogía
530602 Innovación tecnológica
Keywords: Educational robotics
Active learning
Primary teaching
Issue Date: 2021
Journal: Sustainability (Switzerland) 
Abstract: New technologies have offered great alternatives for education. In this context, we place robotics and programming as innovative and versatile tools that adapt to active methodologies. With the arrival of COVID-19 and lockdowns, physical resources were kept out of use, and the virtual lectures did not propose to incorporate these elements in a meaningful way. This recent situation raises as an objective of study the need to evaluate if robotics and programming are content that can be taught virtually in these circumstances, without physical resources and without face-to-face lectures. To do this, a mixed methodology consisting of questionnaires and interviews has been incorporated, aimed at primary education teachers, families, and primary education grade students. The results suggest that the virtualization of robotics and programming is a feasible and beneficial alternative for students, which allows the development of digital skills, while it is enhanced with the use of audiovisual materials and online resources. Even though face-to-face classes have other benefits not offered by virtualization, and teacher training needs to be up to the task to face this situation, it is a matter of time to respond to these situations and to guarantee a high-quality distance education.
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/su13158388
Source: Sustainability (Switzerland) [ISSN 2071-1050], v. 13 (15), 8388, (Agosto 2021)
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