On April 27th, the third meeting of the Brave New Words project took place in an online conference due to COVID-19.
BRAVE NEW WORDS: Innovative educational tools for training and teaching people with Special Learning Disorders is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + program, KA201 – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education and involves 4 partners of several countries: Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Poland.
The project aimed to create innovative learning pathways that increase the quality of the work of educators and staff members caring for students with special learning disabilities (SpLD), using 3D printing and augmented reality.
SpLD is a type of neurodevelopmental disorder that does not allow the ability to learn or use specific academic skills in one or more areas of reading, writing, math, listening comprehension and expressive language, which are the foundation for other academic learning.
The use of 3D printing and AR technology will transform the way people with SpLD learn by offering them a multisensory experience. For the development of multisensory methods and methodologies, new technologies (3D printing and AR) can be useful tools for the development of new inclusive tools.
During the online meeting the partners presented the activities already carried out and in particular the Intellectual Output 2 – SET OF EXERCISES FOR USING 3D AND AR PRINTING WITH PEOPLE WITH SPLD already available on the site. For each exercise you will find inside: One exercise guide in English, Italian, Bulgarian, Spanish and Polish. The 3D renderings, STL files and photos of the exercises already printed. The same thing for the AR, it is possible to download for each exercise all the material necessary to learn for SpLD person.
Later the partners are also planning the Intellectual Output 3 activities. A pilot phase will be conducted by PARVI and the other associated partners to test all tools and activities done and realized during the implementation of the project. The project consortium is working with the associated partners to establish a guideline to follow even if it is a bit difficult due to COVID-19, so as to give the possibility to develop the pilot phase according to the COVID restrictions of the partner country.
In the following months, before June, the consortium of partners will work on the definition of the methodology to be used during the training with teachers and non-teachers, experts in SpLD, to use the 3D printing exercises and those in augmented reality.