Non-Degree / Dates: 15-19 July 2019

Educational robotics is a promising tool for bringing excitement, motivation and growth of mathematics and other STEM skills into the classroom. However, a teacher needs solid proof that using educational robots in the classroom would improve students’ skills or that they would at least work as motivational tools. For this reason, the course covers at least 5 different age appropriate educational robotics platforms in a practical hands-on-workshops format.

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 the trailer: https://youtu.be/yuipBBSamzo

Take a look at example robotics worksheets:
LEGO WeDo 2.0 https://ggbm.at/te3xMzdk
Edison V2.0 https://ggbm.at/VysRxn2u

PS: During the workshops preschool and basic education teachers/students will form separate teams and will work on different tasks.

PS: This course can be taken as stand-alone course or as the first course in a two week robotics focused two-course-combo, with the second being “Designing Robot Supported Lessons for Schools of General Education”, which takes place during the following week to the current course  (22.07-26.07.2019).

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.

Tobias Ley is a Professor of Learning Analytics and Educational Innovation at the School of Educational Sciences at Tallinn University. His research interest are in technology-enhanced learning and knowledge management, human computer and human information interaction, adaptive learning systems, collaborative knowledge building, and social computing. He received his PhD in Psychology and Knowledge Management from the University of Graz.

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.

Tiia Õun is an Associate Professor at Tallinn University School of Educational Sciences and Acting Director of the School of Educational Sciences. She received her PhD in Educational Sciences from Tallinn University.

Timetable

10:00-11:30 Study activities
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-13:15 Study activities

Please see also the more detailed programme.

Please note that the programme is subject to slight changes.

Participants

Active preschool or primary 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 design assignment and successfully present their essay to the leading lecturer by August 4 will be granted 2 ECTS.

Course final assignment:
Preparing a short essay (two pages in A4) on the topic “How Could Educational Robots Change Learning and Teaching”.
Reviewing essays and writing reviews for the participants by August 10.

Course fee

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

Accomodation and meals are not included in the price.

NB! Read also about scholarships!