Non-Degree / Dates: 20-24 July 2020 (Replaced by an online course)

NB! Read here about online courses in summer 2020.

Educational robotics is a promising tool for bringing excitement, motivation and growth of mathematics and other STEAM 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 and a video from the same course during Summer School 2019: https://www.facebook.com/TUedusciences/videos/1103471766505229/

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

Robomath and the aim of  implementing STEM and STEAM innovations and skills into classrooms is one of the focus areas of our brand new EDULAB, which aims to co-create educational innovations with Estonian schools. Read about what goes on in EDULAB here: https://edulabs.ee/english/

Why this course?

  • Get to know the latest pedagogical trends that make use of technology enhanced learning.

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

  • Find out how to design robot-supported learning environments, 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.

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 full 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 and successfully complete their assignments to the leading lecturer by the date to be determine will be granted 2 ECTS. More information about the assignments will be finalized in 2020.

Course fee

Early-Bird Course Fee (until 31 March 2020)400€
Regular Course Fee (after 31 March 2020)450€

Accomodation and meals are not included in the price.

Read also about scholarships! The deadline for applying for scholarships in 2020 has passed.

"The highlight was meeting new people, learning cool and relevant stuff and discovering cozy, lovely and beautiful Tallinn."

Anna Tabidze, Georgia
Educational Robotics in Preschool and Primary Education #tss2019

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