The TangIn European teachers training course on tangible programming, held in the previous week in Aveiro, finished last Saturday and participants are motivated with what they have learned and can use in primary school education.
For five days, 16 teachers from Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria and Latvia attended the European teachers training course on tangible programming promoted in the framework of the TangIn project. The course aimed to promote teachers’ competences in using tangible programming concepts and tools to foster student’s inclusion and computational thinking in STEM based subjects.
Together, trainers and participating teachers learned how to use attractive and funny pedagogical exercises on STEM-based subjects, using physical interfaces (e.g. controlled robots by blocks or incorporated buttons). Teachers were also introduced to the TangIn project resources, such as the toolbox of educational activities and the teacher’s handbook.
The course was a success! Teachers were engaged in the activities and provided very positive and enthusiastic feedback. Several comments support this outcome and focus different benefits that the use of tangible programming can bring to school education. More details on the feedback that the participants have provided, can be found at the project website.
The participants in the teachers training course will now train other colleagues at their schools and create a working group that will use the TangIn toolbox of educational resources in their classes for an experimentation period. This pilot test period will last from March until the end of the school year.