Share Paper: A Technology-Enhanced Thematic Unit in the Pedagogical Laboratory

  1. Yuxin Ma, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States
  2. Louise Prejean, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States
  3. Douglas Williams, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States
Thursday, March 10 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Two Rivers

Abstract: Teacher candidates in an Early Childhood Education program have been teaching a LEGO Education WeDo curriculum to children in a technology program on two Saturday mornings. Children built and programmed 3D models and created a digital story using the models as props. Although it was an enjoyable experience for the children, focusing on LEGO Education WeDo alone for two consecutive mornings was long for some young children, especially for those who are not particularly fascinated with LEGO. We decided to adopt the interdisciplinary thematic unit approach to designing the curriculum so that we have shorter but connected activities that match ...