The 3rd transnational project meeting of the ERASMUS+ project INTELed – INnovative Training via Embodied Learning and multi-sensory techniques for inclusive education – took place with great success on January 31th and February 1st, 2019 at CESIE (Palermo, Italy).
The meeting was attended by the project partners: Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), CESIE (Italy), University of Piraeus (Greece), and University of Valladolid (Spain). The meeting was coordinated by the Dr. Andri Ioannou (Assistant Professor at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology, as the Scientific Coordinator of the Project. Other participants were Dr. Yiannis Georgiou (CUT, project manager), Theofili Sbrini (UPRC), Rita Quisillo (CESIE), Laura La Scala (CESIE), Massimo Rigato (CESIE), Alberto Provenzano (CESIE), and Dr. Alejandra Martínez Monés (UVa).
During the last months, about 20 teachers per country (80 in total) have been sensitized to the embodied learning techniques, thanks to the use of motion-based games for students with special educational needs (SEN). Teacher professional development workshops took place in all 4 countries of the consortium from October 2018 to January 2019. Starting January 2019, teachers from Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Spain will be carrying out pilots to test the innovative INTELed method and technologies for embodied learning with more than 200 SEN students as well as their peers in mainstream classrooms. Because of this training, the participating teachers will be able to apply the INTELed method, adapting tools and procedures to the specific needs of their SEN students and their peers. A series of evaluation questionnaires will be administered to teachers, SEN students and their families during the piloting in schools, by June 2019.
During the 3rd TPM, the partners committed to monitor the whole process in the involved schools, and to evaluate the educational, social and emotional impact of embodied learning on the participating students.
The meeting in Palermo was a good opportunity to re-launch the importance of establishing an online Community of Practice (CoP) around the INTELed method to guarantee the exchange of experiences among the teachers, as well as the future sustainability of the project’s developments and outcomes.
The meeting ended with the validation of the work carried out by each partner and the accomplishment of the INTELed project’s activities and results to date.
For more information about the project:
- Visit the official website of the project
- Subscribe at the project’s Facebook page