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 INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Who is this course for?

Inclusive classrooms are typically defined as classrooms designed so that students with specials needs, disabilities, or impairments can learn among peers (who may or may not have certain needs) in age-appropriate, general education environments. Inclusive classrooms typically mean including more students with special needs, impairments, or disabilities only. This course is aimed at teachers and school staff from pre-school level to primary, secondary, and special needs education, staff of non-government organizations, government and policy makers and company staff as well as students and all those who want to improve their digital competences and learn how they can use technologies to create more inclusive classrooms.Participants are expected to have at least B1 level of English proficiency.

Methodology

Methodology is based on practical/theory lessons and showcasing of examples of good practice as well as discussions and experience comparissons. Participants will learn about inclusive education as well as assistive technologies through workshops, sessions and action learning. Some other tools used will consist of project work, training, lectures, presentations, reflection and evaluation.

Outcomes
  • Broadening the understanding of inclusive learning environment.

  • Developing critical thinking, creativity and innovation using information and communication technology.

  • Developing computational thinking.

  • Ability to use ICT and robotics to support learners in inclusive settings 

  • Acquisition of the key principles of inclusive education.

  • Acquisition of positive and practical strategies for inclusion and intervention in classroom management.

  • Ability to attend to students differences and diversity by using assistive
    technologies.

  • Ability to make the class more inclusive by use of digital game-based learning.

  • Improving English fluency (official language of the course).

  • Promoting intercultural awareness.

  • Sharing experiences of inclusive education and the use of assistive technologies in education from different perpectives in order to help each of us to be more effective in our work.

  • Developing the online collaboration platform for preparation, dissemination and networking in order to develop future partnerships and projects.

  • Strengthening the European collaboration among people involved in inclusive education and the use of assistive technologies in different contexts.

  • Providing insights into different education systems.

Preparation

After registration participants will receive pre-course questionnaire which will be used by the trainer to learn about participants’ teaching backgrounds and to assess their exact needs. Before the beginning of the course a basic reading list will be suggested to participants to prepare for the training. Participants will also be asked to prepare a presentation about themselves, their professional context and their culture. The presentation will be presented on the first day of the course to facilitate networking opportunities. Participants will receive information about the country they are going to visit in order to prepare them for their cultural experience.

5 days programme (25 hours)

course sessions (Monday to Friday)

  • Introduction of participants, outline of the programme, warm-ups and ice breakers

  • Overview of basic inclusive classroom strategies

  • Effective Teaching Strategies for Special Education

  • Multicultural education

  • Collaborative learning strategies

  • Assistive Technologies

  • Robotics in inclusive education with Makey Makey

  • Inclusive education through digital escape rooms

  • Inclusion and assistive technologies in eTwinning projects

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

cultural and social programme

  • Teambilding and networking activities

  • City tour or a cultural trip

Follow up

After the course participants will be asked to share what they have learned with the rest of the staff in their schools. Further books and articles to deepen the topic and contacts with some other practitioners all over Europe and in the world will be suggested by the trainer. The methods shared and explored and the bibliography given will allow the participants to complete and improve their educational path.

CERTIFICATE

Each participant will get a course attendance certificate and we will validate the acquired competences on the Europass Mobility upon request. Please note that we have a paperless policy and all the documents will be delivered in digital form.

COURSE FEE

The course fee is 80 € per day. It includes tuition and materials, cultural and social programme, support in preparation and all the administrative work. There are no additional costs or hidden fees. After registration, you will receive a pro-forma invoice which you will have to pay by bank transaction. You will receive the invoice after you attend the course.

SUBSISTENCE

The course fee doesn't include accommodation and meals and participants are responsible to organize them on their own. In some locations we might be able to recommend or organize subsistence for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us to inquire about any specific location.

REGISTRATION

You can submit a non-biding registration and we will reserve a place for you until you are ready to confirm your participation. cancellations are free until you pay the course fee.

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