Peer Assessment and Roamer are Natural Partners
Valiant continue its pioneering research into the use of educational robotics. Following his work on the use of Assessment for Learning Methodologies the organisers of PRASAE 2014 invited Dave Catlin to submit a paper on the use of Roamer and peer assessment. The paper has been accepted following the normal vetting process and Dave will present the paper at the Peer-Review, Peer-Assessment, and Self-Assessment in Education, 1st International Workshop to be held in Tallinn, Estonia between the 14th and 17th August 2014. The paper entitled Using Peer Assessment with Educational Robots, is drawn from the 30 year history of practical classroom projects with the Valiant Turtle, Classic Roamer and the new robot.
Educational robots offer tremendous potential for providing exciting, dynamic learning experiences in K-12 Education. The constructionist notions of Piaget, Papert and others underpin the use of this technology. A problem exists in ensuring successful lessons using these paradigms. The root of that problem is the imagination, curiosity and creativity of students. How can that be given free reign while at the same time trying to meet the rigid demands of a school curriculum subjected to the hegemony of high-stake-testing? Seminal work by Black and Wiliams summarized what can be called good teaching practice – the key to resolving this conundrum. Their development of Assessment for Learning (AfL) strategies offers a way of structuring lessons while fostering essential intellectual freedom of the student. Peer assessment is a key part of AfL. This paper explains and illustrates how peer and self-assessment is an intrinsic aspect of educational robotic activities.