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“Supporting teachers in acquiring knowledge and skills about the use of interactive and multi-sensory techniques for addressing the needs of Special Education (SEN) children”

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12 Scientific papers were published in journals and conference proceedings (hundreds of researchers reached)
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500+ Users participated in the INTELed Facebook Community of Practice; 300+ being active users
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New game-applications were developed in addition to a long repository of technologies and tools composed via detailed desk research and search of the Web.
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More than 20000 relevant stakeholders were reached through dissemination events and presentations in various venues.
Our Project

INTELed aims to support special and general education teachers in acquiring knowledge and skills about the use of multi-sensory technology for learning and assessment, for addressing the needs of SEN children in inclusive education contexts.

According to the European policy agenda ‘Changes in education and society place new demands on the teaching profession […], classrooms now contain a more heterogeneous mix of young people from different backgrounds and with different levels of ability and disability […]. These changes require teachers not only to acquire new knowledge and skills, but also to develop them continuously’.

Initial teacher training (teacher preparation programmes) rarely prepares teachers for working in the diverse classroom with SEN students. Teachers lack knowledge and skills on the use of innovative technology available today, which can create new learning opportunities for all. INTELed aims to advance teachers’ professional development, supporting teachers in delivering high quality teaching within complex classroom realities.

INTELed aims to support special and general education teachers in acquiring knowledge and skills about the use of multi-sensory technology for learning and assessment, for addressing the needs of SEN children in inclusive education contexts. This will be obtained through an innovative training method, driven by theories of embodied cognition, research on embodied learning, and the premise of multi-sensory technologies. The method will be accompanied by evidence of its effectiveness through pilot studies in schools at the four partner-countries. The partners will work on presenting the pedagogical framework, the training model and instructional materials, and the procedures for implementation and evaluation. The project aims to form a sustainable Community of Practice (CoP) around the INTELed method.

INTELed Goals
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Development of a pedagogical framework for SEN education driven by theories of embodied learning.

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Dissemination activities and multiplier events for the promotion of the INTELed method at the partner countries.

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Development of educational resources for SEN teacher training, under the license of creative commons.

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Wider dissemination activities, such participation in conferences, for the promotion of INTELed at the international level.

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Implementation of training events for in-service SEN teachers.

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Development of a methodological framework for training in-service SEN teachers on ICT tools and multi-sensory techniques for learning and assessment.

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Assessment of the effectiveness of the method on SEN student skill development via pilot studies.

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Establishment and sustainability of a CoP around INTELed, pushing for upgrades in teacher training.

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Validation of the acquired knowledge and skills via pilot studies in authentic school environments.

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