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A Robot's View of Reality: Children Learning From and Through the Topological Panorama Camera
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, , , University of North Texas, United States ; , The Gelphman Camera Company, Inc., United States ; , The Lamplighter School, United States

International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology, ISBN 978-1-880094-34-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

The Topological Panorama Camera (Topocam) is a new educational technology based upon the 150-year old panorama camera. This digital imaging camera moves along a modular track as it scans a scene through a vertical slit or line. The camera's images make motion visible and easily measurable, allowing learners of all ages to investigate motion in new ways. A Texas Instruments Math/Science Technology Grant awarded by the Dallas (Texas) Women's Foundation enabled 63 first through sixth grade girls to learn by conducting experiments on the Topocam during the summer of 1998. Content mastery as well as attitudes toward science, self-reported creative tendencies, and empathy (a caring concern for the thoughts and feelings of others) improved (p <.05) during week-long guided discovery sessions conducted for six groups. Changes in pre-post attitudinal response patterns indicated the Topocam sessions fostered enthusiasm for scientific learning. A complete report is available at http://courseweb.tac.unt.edu/topocam.

Citation

Christensen, R., Arrowood, D., Knezek, G., Gelphman, J. & Overall, T. (1999). A Robot's View of Reality: Children Learning From and Through the Topological Panorama Camera. In Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology 1999 (p. 425). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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