The objective of the InClusion Team (ICTeam) project is to exploit digital learning environments aiming to reinforce the development of ICT competences for learners with special needs/disabilities. The project aims to create a learning community where Universities, schools, teacher training centre and NGOs exchange good practices of teaching ICT to students and adults with special needs. The participating parties aim to provide training for educators and enhance the availability of good quality learning tools and resources. This will be done under the pedagogical guidance of the University of La Laguna and the Institute of Education of University of Lisbon.
The project takes into account five key propositions for the use of ICTs in education, as identified in United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The ICTeam project has four objectives:
Short term staff training events during six LTTAs
Pilot studies of educational material and learning scenarios for Special Education at partners
ICTeam Toolkit for educators in formal and non formal education
As a product, a Toolkit for ICT in Special Education will be developed to support teachers. The ICTeam Toolkit include the following modules:
ICT and SEN
Assistive Technologies for SEN
Social approach to ICT for SEN
Inclusive ICT for SEN
Training of staff for specialist ICT
The transnational value of the project lays on the fact that special education is organized differently for SEN learners, both students and adults. There are cultural differences and differences between schools and non-formal education actors. It is essential to take into account the needs and wishes of the learners and their parents. Participants will learn and exchange different teaching practices, teaching materials, ways of organizing, collaborative ways and establishing new good suggestions for special education.
The results expected during the project and on its completion is a strengthened capacity of the participating organisations to provide more attractive education programmes for learners with disabilities/special needs; a more modern and committed school environment where one is ready to integrate good ICT practice and methods for Special needs education into daily activities, and a reinforced responsibility to the challenges of democratic values and fundamental rights, social inclusion, non-discrimination and active citizenship.
Learners with disabilities/special needs participate in learning activities that results in basic skills in ICT and thus have an increased opportunity for those of disadvantages.