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 ROBOTICS AND CODING AND HOW TO DEVELOP COMPETENCES

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Who is this course for?

Computing is a creative human activity that engenders innovation and promotes exploration among students. It can change the way children think, what they learn, and how they interact with peers and adults. 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 robots: Arduino, Micro:bit, Blue-bot as innovative and fun tools for education. The course will focus on competence framework and will introduce several engaging methods. 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 robotics and coding through workshops, sessions and action learning. Some other tools used will consist of project work, training, lectures, presentations, reflection and evaluation.

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

  • Developing computational thinking.

  • Understand the value of learning and coding language.  

  • Understanding competence based approach to robotics and coding.

  • Discovering and experiencing working with robots: Arduino, Micro:bit, Blue-bot.

  • Broadening the understanding of robotics and embedded systems and environments.

  • Ability to use robotics in the classroom.

  • Ability to design innovative materials for classroom use (all subjects).

  • Ability to plan,design and implement innovative and fun tools for education.

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

  • Promoting intercultural awareness.

  • Sharing experiences using robotics and coding 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 robotics and coding in education 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

  • Introduction to robotics and coding principles and basic coding concepts

  • Programming with Blue-Bot® Bluetooth  Programmable Floor Robot

  • Programming with Makey Makey

  • Programming with BBC micro:bit

  • Programming with Arduino

  • Robotics and embedded systems and environments

  • Use of robots with students with disabilities

  • Coding in Classroom

  • Apps for Teaching Coding Skills

  • Tools enabling students/teachers to create artefacts representing what they are learning

  • Developing innovative resources for use of robotics and coding in classroom (various subjects)

  • Robotics 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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