Abacusan Stúdió

RIDE robot puppet theatre –  digital storytelling, text comprehension development, literacy education

Introduction

The aim of the experience-based training is to introduce the RIDE (Robotics for the Inclusive Development of Atypical and Typical Children) method to the students and to train the teachers to use it. 

The RIDE method, used Europe-wide, combines digital storytelling, the use of educational robots and the development of text comprehension and language skills. 

Description

Since 2016, the experts at Abacusan Studio have been continuously developing a robotics-based methodology for the development of text comprehension. Following the success of various pedagogical and library-educational projects, the RIDE method has been developed by experts 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 that combines the Guttenberg and Neumann galaxies, in which children are motivated both to read the text with attention and depth, and to use the digital solutions of robotics.  

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 methodology, which builds on children’s creativity, supports the use of other literary works in addition to the texts in the toolkit. It can thus be used as a tool to make reading more fun. In addition to text comprehension, the activities also help to develop linguistic awareness and communication. 

 

The modules are designed for 5 lessons and can be used as stand-alone projects, but can also be integrated into literature or foreign language lessons, or library-educational activities.  

The RIDE pedagogical toolkit and methodology to be acquired in the training currently includes 23 literary works and 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. 

Learning objectives

The aim of the training is to prepare participants to use the RIDE methodology in their daily teaching practice, which is an excellent tool to make reading and working with literary works in both mother tongue and foreign language classes easier and more attractive for children and groups. 

Participants of the training: 

  • Learn about the RIDE method and its potential for improving reading comprehension and language skills 
  • Learn how to build and program ArTeC robots 
  • Learn in detail about the RIDE methodology, the use of student worksheets and teacher guides 
  • Learn or deepen their knowledge of the potential of project-based and inclusive education, with an increased focus on the development of soft skills 
  • They 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 professionals of Abacusan Studio – the developers of the method, experienced trainers. 

The method can be used by teachers of any subject – lower elementary teaching, language, literature, history, library or museum.  

No prior knowledge of robotics or programming is a prerequisite for the training. The training builds participants’ knowledge from the basics of 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. 

Thematics:

Day 1 

  • 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) 

Day 2 

  • 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 

Day 3 

  • Introduction to building and programming ArTeC robots III (servo motor, accelerometer) 
  • Learn more about the RIDE pedagogical toolkit 

Day 4 

  • View RIDE methodology session 
  • Analysis and discussion of what you have seen 

Day 5 

  • Workshop – group work on a RIDE module 
  • Collective evaluation of the maded moduls on the workshops 
  •  Summary of the workshop experience 

Day 6 

  • 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

Language

English, Hungarian

Target audience ISCED

ISCED1

ISCED2

Who is it for

  • Teacher 
  • Head teacher/Principal 
  • Librarian 
  • Pedagogical Advisor 
  • Teacher Educator 

Related subjects

  • Literature 
  • History 
  • Languages 

Prior knowledge

  • English B2 
  • Basic IT skills 
  • No prior knowledge is needed in programming or robotics 

Package contents

  • 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)

Learning time

6 days (30 hours)

Course fee

570 €

Date

23-28.09.2024.

Registration:

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