Brave New Words: innovative educational tools for training and teaching people with Special Learning Disorders- Project number: (2019-1-PL01-KA204-064981) is a project aimed to create innovative learning pathway that increase the quality of the work of educators and staff members dealing with students with Special Learning Disorders (SpLD), using 3D Printing and Augmented Reality (AR).
Projects team is composed by 4 partners - organization with different profiles from 4 different European countries: Italy, Spain, Poland and Bulgaria. The partners have a background both in the technological and SpLD fields.
The main target group of the project is the people with Special Learning Disorder (SpLD).
SpLD is a type of Neurodevelopmental Disorder which refers to a difference or difficulty with particular aspects of learning or use specific academic skills in one or more areas of reading, writing, math, listening comprehension, and expressive language, which are the base for other academic learning. For this reason, they need to use specific strategies. One of these strategies is the Multisensory strategy and technique, which enable students to use their personal areas of strength to help them to learn. For the development of Multisensory methods, new technologies can be very useful tools for developing new inclusive tools: 3D Printing and AR.
3D printing is a technology that allows to the user to produce prototypes of objects that cannot be found in the market, only with the limitation of the technology.
AR - Augmented Reality is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real-world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information. This technology can be useful for supporting visual and audio teaching methods.
The specific aims of the Brave New Word project are to create innovation learning pathways in order to:
• Increase the quality of the educational and care giving process of staff working with people with SpLD trough provide proper tools to teachers, trainers and other staff members.
• Increase the quality of the learning process to people with SpLD.
• Increase the quality of the adult inclusive education in the countries involved.
• Increase the cooperation among European different entities working in field of inclusive education, and technology development.
To achieve these goals, the consortium has defined several activities and results where is included a guideline for teachers and trainers about the use of 3D Printing and AR. This guideline will be an important tool for the staff related to educational work (trainers, teachers, etc.) with people with SpLD, in order to understand the theoretical aspects of the technology that they are going to apply within the framework of Brave New Words’ Project.
This guideline is very user-friendly for people without high technical skills, and it gives a basic knowledge on 3D Printing and Augmented Reality: theory, story, types, main use, etc.)
For educators and teachers, the biggest difficulty is how to use new technologies, which are available to help students to learn and solve their problems. The adoption of these new technologies in the learning curriculum is often stifled due to fact that 3D printers and programming frameworks and libraries of AR are considered too difficult to use.
Moreover, if the trainer has no high skills in design and programming. This is the reason why it is very important to create and disseminate good practices in the implementation of new technologies, such as 3D Printing and AR to and encourage educators to use them.
3D Printing and AR that are definitively supporting education and this project aims to promote innovative practices to support a wide number of educators that daily deal with students that can theoretically reach the same learning goals but need specific and personalized learning plans.
Brave New Words 100% addresses the philosophy that, in the learning process the starting point may change, but the arrival point can be the same for all the learners. Through these goals the project is willing to promote the inclusion equity in teaching and education to learners with and without learning disorders and special needs.