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ScratchChat: A Block-Based Chatbot Tutoring Framework for Computational Thinking Skill Development in Kids

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dc.contributor.advisor Anutariya, Chutiporn
dc.contributor.author Chawmungkrung, Hathaichanok
dc.contributor.other Dailey, Matthew
dc.contributor.other Silpasuwanchai, Chaklam
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-20T07:21:30Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-20T07:21:30Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07
dc.identifier.other AIT
dc.identifier.uri http://www.cs.ait.ac.th/xmlui/handle/123456789/978
dc.description 93 p. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chatbots are one of the recently emerging technologies that have become popular and have been applied in various domains including e-business, finance, healthcare and education. In the education domain, chatbots are employed to assist students in learning. However, there exist none or few chatbot applications that was designed to support young learners or students in primary schools. One of the main reasons is because the present chatbot interactions require typing and are considered difficult for kids to communicate. In addition, developing a tutoring chatbot application demands technical skills and can be difficult for school teachers to create ones. To fill such gaps, this thesis proposes and develops a chatbot tutoring framework with new user interface using block-based interaction for helping young learners in learning. In other words, students can make a conversation with chatbots easily by dragging and dropping blocks and does not need to type. In addition, the framework enables teachers to create their classroom chatbots by themselves without having chatbot development skills. Based on the developed framework, we have conducted a preliminary experiment with teachers and students in primary level to use the system and to gather their feedbacks. Most students enjoyed learning with a block-based chatbot when compared to other types of interactions. They were engaged and motivated to learn with chatbots. Furthermore, teachers agreed that a block-based chatbot, having a similar user interface to block-based programming, could further support students to develop their computational thinking skills. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship His Majesty the King’s Scholarships (Thailand) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher AIT en_US
dc.subject Chatbot en_US
dc.subject Educational chatbot en_US
dc.subject Block programming en_US
dc.title ScratchChat: A Block-Based Chatbot Tutoring Framework for Computational Thinking Skill Development in Kids en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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