The aim of the experience-based training is to introduce the potential of the RIDE (Robotics for the Inclusive Development of Atypical and Typical Children) method and to prepare teachers to use it.
The RIDE method, which is expanding across Europe, combines the concepts of inclusive pedagogy, the use of educational robots and digital storytelling.
The RIDE method has been developed by professionals from 6 countries, initiated and coordinated by the Abacusan Studio, with the support of the Erasmus+ programme.
The method is based on the project method, robotics and digital storytelling: children work on parts of literary works. They bring the characters of the text to life by building and programming robot characters, bringing the scenes to life in a „digital puppet theatre”.
The RIDE method creates a pedagogical environment in which children with different learning needs work in mixed groups, while receiving personalised development through individual learning pathways. This is made possible by the division of labour within the group and the differentiation tasks.
The support of individual development embedded in the project process concerns text comprehension, fine motor skills, spatial orientation, attention concentration, algorithmic thinking, social and life skills, language awareness and communication, but can also serve talent management, creativity development or subject concentration.
The toolkit is designed to help you apply the method with worksheets, ideas and detailed, modular teacher’s guides – giving teachers and children a high level of autonomy. For children, it supports self-regulated learning and group work, and gives teachers a great freedom of choice in differentiating tasks.
The 5-hour modules can be used as stand-alone projects, but can also be integrated into other subject lessons. They are suitable for use in IT/digital culture lessons, special education lessons or library/museum activities.
The RIDE pedagogical toolkit and methodology is available in 10 languages (English, Hungarian, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Turkish) and the development of children’s competences has been confirmed by measurements taken by experts from 3 universities.
The aim of the training is to prepare participants to apply the RIDE methodology in their daily teaching practice, which is an excellent way for the teacher to differentiate the same curriculum in an integrated classroom, at the same time, in the same place, according to the developmental needs of each child, without the involvement of another person.
Participants of the training
- Learn about the practicalities of inclusive education
- Learn how to build and program ArTeC robots
- Learn in detail about the RIDE methodology, the use of student worksheets and teacher guides
- Learn about the development needs and opportunities addressed by the RIDE method
- Learn or deepen their understanding of the potential of project-based learning, with a focus on the development of soft skills
- Learn how to create their own learning materials based on the RIDE method
- Gain experience in the implementation and use of RIDE modules in schools
- Learn about the international experience of using the RIDE method
- Join the international community of RIDE practitioners to share experience and knowledge
Methodology and assessment
Experience-based training, conducted by the experts of Abacusan Studio – the developers of the method, experienced trainers.
The method can be used by teachers of any subject such as teachers of class 1-4, language, literature, history, science, library or museum – in addition to IT/digital culture teachers and development teachers.
No prior knowledge of robotics or programming is a prerequisite for the training. The training builds participants’ knowledge from the basics of inclusion and robot programming to the application of the RIDE method through a series of practical exercises and interactive lectures.
The robots are programmed in a Scratch-based programming environment. The graphical programming interface makes learning easy and fast, even for beginners.
- Getting to know each other, team building
- Introduction to the RIDE methodology
- Introduction to ArTeC robot building and Scratch-based programming I. (building, DC motors, LED, Buzzer, Touch sensor)
- Introduction to building and programming ArTeC robots II (IR Photoreflector, Sound sensor, Light sensor)
- The bases of inclusive education and how to implement it in pedagogical practice
- Development areas covered by the RIDE learning materials
- Introduction to building and programming ArTeC robots III (servo motor, accelerometer)
- Learn more about the RIDE pedagogical toolkit
- View RIDE methodology session
- Analysis and discussion of what you have seen
- Workshop – group work on a RIDE module
- Collective evaluation of the workshops
- Summary of the workshop experience
- Create your own teaching material based on the RIDE methodology
- Sharing the international experience of the RIDE method
- Possibilities of using the RIDE method in the pedagogical practice of the participants
- Evaluation, closing, receiving certificates
Assessment, condition for issuing a certificate:
- Participation in all training lessons
- Creating the workshop task
Target audience ISCED
Who is it for
- Head teacher/Principal
- ICT Coordinator
- Pedagogical Asvisor
- Teacher Educator
- English B2
- Basic IT skills
- No prior knowledge is needed in programming or robotics
- Course (6 days, 5 hours/day)
- Tools and equipments (robots, laptop)
- Printed materials, downloadable teaching materials
- Visit to school (preparation, transport)
- Coffee breaks (coffee, tea, snacks)
- Certificate, Europass, documentation
- Sightseeing or cultural program (depending on weather, 3 hours long)
6 days (30 hours)