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Biozobots — Using Ozobots to Engage College Students in Biology

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Participate and share : Poster

Dr. Cynthia Galloway  
Dr. Marybeth Green  

Metabolism, photosynthesis and cellular respiration are processes that strike fear into the hearts of many college students in introductory biology classes. Learn about a project that uses Ozobots as a means of creating nonlinguistic visualizations of these processes. Come see how we were able to use our robots to support our students' understanding.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: Community college/university
Subject area: Science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

After participating in our poster session, the participant will be able to:

1) Analyze the Metabolism, Photosynthesis, and Cellular Respiration Ozobot tracks for appropriate codes to demonstrate the process.
2) Discuss why these types of nonlinguistic visualizations support learners
3) Explain why reflection is a critical process in learning.
4) Create plans for using Ozobots to demonstrate learning in other scientific processes.

This project was supported by Clark & Pavio’s (1991) Dual-Coding Theory which asserts that the brain stores information in two interconnected information processing channels: verbal and visual. This theory posits that these channels are synergistic and that Information presented in both forms enables stronger retention and easier retrieval.

Initial evaluations of unit tests from the Ozobot class showed a significant difference when compared with the same tests in the non-Ozobot class.

Supporting research

Clark, J. M., & Paivio, A. (1991). Dual coding theory and education. Educational psychology review, 3(3), 149-210.
Fink, L.D. 2003. Creating significant learning experiences. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

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Dr. Cynthia Galloway, Department of Biomedical Biological Scie
Dr. Marybeth Green, Texas AM Kingsville

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