Non-Degree / Dates: 22-26 July 2019

The change of teaching and learning practices is especially required in subjects that see low levels of learner interest and motivation, for example in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) subjects.

One of the ways of increasing interest towards subjects is using educational robots, designed especially for younger students and being used in classroom for the purposes of increasing learner interest towards the learning process.

It is assumed that the integration of robots also supports the change of teachers’ teaching and learning approach.

In this practical hands-on course, the participants will collaboratively create, test and share robot supported lesson plans, for a subject they have chosen, using for that widely used educational robotics platforms LEGO EV3, LEGO WeDo 2.0 and Edison.

No previous knowledge of robotics nor programming is needed to take part in the course. The crash course for programming the robots is included in the introductory part.

Take a look at example robomathematics worksheets:
LEGO EV3 for the grade 6: https://ggbm.at/yrSVdBVS
LEGO WeDo 2.0 for the grade 3: https://ggbm.at/te3xMzdk
Edison for the grade 3: https://ggbm.at/VysRxn2u

PS: This course can be taken as stand-alone course or as the second course in a two week robotics focused two-course-combo, with the first being “Educational Robotics in Preschool and Primary Education”, which takes place during the previous week to the current course (15.07-19.07.2019).

Why this course?

  • Get to know how the successful digital turn in Estonia translates into the field of education.

  • Get hands-on experience on how to support mathematical thinking by using educational robots.

  • Find out how robotics enriches the learning environment using a research-based framework.

Teacher(s)

Janika Leoste is an analyst in the Center of Excellence in Educational Innovation and a PhD student. As a robotics teacher-trainer for the last four years, Janika has been educating thousands of teachers about more than ten educational robotics platforms. In a experimental study lasting one school-year with more than 2000 students, she investigates, how educational robotics can be implemented in math lessons, and what are the teachers’ and students’ attitudes towards educational robotics as a learning tool.

Maire Tuul is a lecturer of Mathematics and Didactics of Mathematics in Tallinn University. Her main fields of research are renewed learning environment and application of curriculum in pre-school child care institutions. For Maire it is important that future teachers would recognize the potential of robotics for bringing diversity to the learning process and that they could expediently use modern technical means. She received her PhD in Educational Sciences from Tallinn University.

Elyna Nevski is an educational technology lecturer at Tallinn University, School of Educational Sciences. Her research interest lie in the area of media education and education technology in early years. Her doctoral thesis focuses on young children (0-3year olds) touch-screen use and parental mediation strategies. Elyna also works as an educational technologist and informatics teacher at primary school and has several years’ experience using technology in innovative ways to support children and pupils’ digital competences.

Kaire Kollom, MA, MSc, Lecturer of Educational Technology

Linda Helene Sillat, MSc, Educational technologist; Junior researcher

Participants

Active primary and secondary education teachers or BA or MA students in various fields in education or anyone interested in robotics in preschool or primary education. The course is limited to 30 participants.

Credit points

Students who are present the whole course period, take part in the collective lesson plan assignment and successfully present their essay based on the home reading to the leading lecturer by August 2 will be granted 2 ECTS.

Home reading:
Ten different reading materials about using robots in education.

Course final assignment:
Preparing a short essay (two pages in A4) on the topic “Robot Supported Lessons – the Implementation Challenges”. Deadline is August 2.
Reviewing essays and writing reviews for the participants by August 16.

Students who are present the whole course period and take part in the collective lesson plan assignment, will get a certificate of the participation.

Course fee

Early-Bird Course Fee (until March 31, 2019)400€
Regular Course Fee (after March 31, 2019)450€

Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.

NB! Read also about scholarships!