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Idea: Social networking and robotics programing to help children and adolescents develop moral criteria.

Since 1998 I am working with robotics (aka Lego Mindstorms robots) to organize educational experiences to help children to develop moral criteria (As Piaget and Kohlberg) suggest. The idea is very simple: Students has an every class challenge to build a robotic solution for a handicapped persons then they must think about the solution being emphatic with the user of their technical solution. After many years using this focus in our Technology class I have results and it is interesting how students look for solutions using the moral criteria thinking the solution from the handicapped vision.

The second idea is use private social network to help students to use the moral criteria to autocontrol their behavior in a social network. Using Ning as a private social network, we invite students to develop a team solutions using technology. The issue was how the relation each other using empathy. Then we made a review with the communications used in fora. Many time we find comments who discard the other students opinions based in cultural, economical and even races issues, then we the teachers could participate to moderate the discussion and to orient students based in empathy and other moral criteria applied.

Both ideas was used in class between 1998 and 2011 and was published in Information Review of Information Ethics below the tag "Teaching Information Ethics" Could be consulted in
http://www.bvce.org/SociedadeInformacaoResultado.asp?Consulta=Primeira

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  • Nov 9 2012: Thanks. I will find out more about the FIRST robot program. In our school we try with Lego Mind Storm and crickets form MIT Mitch Resnick and the invest was moderately accessible for students (they must pay 60 dlls. monthly basis and then they can access a Mac computer, Internet, Labs and Vernier probes too).
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      Nov 10 2012: Two reasons I like robotics and engineering design in schools where people can afford it are: building things together can be a neglected but highly useful/applicable skill set, not only in the workplace but in daily life, and and these activities seems to be very effective in motivating students to apply themselves to school work who simply are not drawn to the abstract.

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