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A sociological contribution to understanding the use of robots in schools: the Thymio robot

  • Authors: Kradolfer, Sabine; Dubois, Simon; Riedo, Fanny; Mondada, Francesco; Fassa, Farinaz

The Thymio II robot was designed to be used by teachers in their classrooms for a wide range of activities and at all levels of the curriculum, from very young children to the end of high school. Although the educationally oriented design of this innovative robot was successful and made it possible to distribute more than 800 Thymio robots in schools with a large majority in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, it was not sufficient to significantly raise the number of teachers using robot technology in their teaching after three years of commercialization. After an introduction and a first section on the design of this educational robot, this paper presents some results of a sociological analysis of the benefits and blockages identified by teachers in using robots, or not, with their pupils.

Posted on: August 11, 2014