Project “Founding the network of technology INTEGRAtionists in pupils' informal education” No. 2020-1-LV01-KA201-077496 develops the innovative outputs and promotes innovative practices and integrated methods for teaching and learning technologies in informal education. It is targeted at the educators who live far away from the capital cities, work with the families from remote areas with high unemployment level, as well as with the children with special needs.
The aim of the project is to create the network of the educators, creative and playful technologists, interdisciplinary innovators who will help pupils move beyond historical stereotypes associated with STEM, who will become multipliers with the ability to lead integrated workshops, for example, Science through technologies, English through technologies, etc. In the project, the educators will learn how to use the innovative STEAM approach which gives the pupils a more positive view of engagement with the STEM subjects.
The educators’ capacity will be increased 1) by organizing 4 short-term exchanges of groups of pupils (119 pupils' mobilities and 104 accompanying persons' mobilities) involving also pupils’ led 16 masterclasses “Technologies are exciting!” and 4 robotics competitions in SI, EE, LT and LV, 2) by developing 5 lifelong learning programs for technology integrationists (in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovenian) and approbating them during in- service training courses about integrated technologies, basic or advanced programming in robotics, working with electronics or welding sets, the methodology how to teach the collaboration or creativity skills, how to integrate technologies in, for example, English, Art or music and in the work with disabled pupils, 3) by developing and approbating 35 WebQuests (technological projects), which will allow the educators to integrate science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) concepts with the humanitarian subjects (STEAM).
Prepared 1 research article (in English) about integrated technologies and STEAM concept in project partner organizations and countries.
Developed 5 lifelong learning programs and approbated in the courses for technology integrationists in 7 partner organizations.
Developed and approbated 35 online WebQuests/technological projects for using them in multidisciplinary settings, also for the learners with special needs.
As a result, at least 73 educators who work with pupils in the partner countries will become technology integrationists/multipliers in Europe. The project will result at reduced digital gap between the pupils in the capital cities and remote areas.
Rēzekne district municipality (LV), parents’ NGO “Eņģeļi ar mums”, Rēzekne (LV), Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia “Zeimuļs”, Rēzekne (LV), Häädemeeste Keskkool (EE), Kupiskis Povilas Matulionis progymnasium (LT), Vaikų ir jaunimo visapusiško lavinimo centras, Jonava (LT), Academia družba za storitve d.o.o., Maribor (SI).