Games and Inclusion for Teacher Education
The project in a nutshell
GIFTED - Game and Inclusion For Teacher Education - will address the need for training teachers in gifted and talented education. The goal is to design and implement an innovative online training programme that can support pre-service and in-service teachers' skills development in gifted and talented education. This digital game-based learning environment will promote and enhance the experiential learning of teachers, giving them tools to recognize these students, interact with them, and tailor their learning experience in an inclusive classroom context.
Gifted and talented students learn differently, and have unique academic and socio-emotional needs. However, these pupils often do not receive specific support in school. Teachers in Europe do not receive proper education concerning gifted and talented pupils during their education and ongoing in-service training. GIFTED designs and implements an innovative online training programme that can support teachers' skills development in gifted and talented education.
- Erasmus+ KA220-SCH - Cooperation partnerships in school education
- 7 partners from 5 countries (Italy, Croatia, Portugal, Romania, United Arab Emirates)
- Duration: 36 months (from 1st December 2021 to 30th November 2024)
- Outcome: Open Educational Resources (OER) for teachers on education of young gifted pupils
Developing an innovative training programme for teachers involved in the education of gifted students. This training programme will include game-based educational activities, materials and guidelines supporting teachers to identify gifted and talented students and build contents adequate for their needs. This training programme can be used by pre-service and in-service teachers in the countries involved in the consortium and, in a later phase, in other countries.
Testing the innovative training programme with the support of a game platform that offers the training modules embedded in a gaming path to increase motivation and engagement of users. The use of game-based training promotes the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes by engaging trainees in guided activities with an intensely experiential matrix, in scenarios that reflect real-world situations (the classroom), increasing motivation and commitment and stimulating new approaches and attitudes towards technological tools that are close to the world of the new generation of students.
Integrating the training programme for teachers working with gifted students within the training curriculum of a teacher, either in-service as further specialization, or pre-service as part of the training provided by the University. GIFTED will develop an Open Badge, certifying the training programme for teachers of gifted students, recognised by the Universities participating in the project.
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Game-based assessment tool to identify gifted children
The GIFTED game-based assessment tool will help teachers and education specialists to recognize gifted and talented students. It will function as a gym, with different training sessions, where the teacher can experiment in identifying the different types of gifted students.
Online Game-based training programme for teachers and experts working with gifted children
GIFTED will develop a comprehensive set of training contents to enhance the skills of teachers working with gifted students in the classroom and to help them develop and implement suitable didactic strategies in an inclusive classroom perspective. This training programme will be delivered through an online platform that uses a gamification approach to increase the engagement and motivation of learners.
Handbook on methodology for working with gifted children in the classroom
The Handbook details comprehensive methodology guidelines for teachers working with gifted students. It will draw on the specific expertise of the partners, each specialising in a particular aspect of the methodology for working with gifted students, and will lead to the development of an innovative methodology in teacher training, as a result of the International collaboration among the partners. The Handbook will also include User Guidelines for the game-based assessment tool, designed for teachers and staff to support them in using the tool.
Open Badge certifying the training programme for teachers of gifted students
An Open Badge is a digital certificate of knowledge, personal skills such as for example, soft skills, or technical skills acquired. Associated with the GIFTED training programme, and guaranteed by the academic partners that developed and delivered the programme, the Open Badge will be a validated indicator that the learner has successfully completed the training programme. Each academic partner will release their open badge, but during the project’s lifetime they will take all the steps to develop a common Open Badge recognised at a global level.
Phase 1: Preparation
The academic partners will develop the requirements and specifications for a curriculum on teaching gifted students. The specifications will start from an analysis of state-of-the-art assessment tools and teaching methodologies for gifted children, and then identify the knowledge and skills needed for the identification and support of gifted and talented students in the classroom, and the suitable didactic strategies.
Phase 2: Development of game-based assessment tool
The partners will design and develop the game-based assessment tool for the identification of gifted and talented students in the classroom. Starting from the specifications developed in phase 1, the assessment tool for gifted students will be developed as an instrument for training teachers in identifying gifted students.
Phase 3: Development of game-based platform and contents for online teacher training
The partners will develop the syllabus of contents for the online training programme for teachers. It is a comprehensive set of training contents to enhance the skills of teachers in working with gifted students in the classroom, to help them develop and implement suitable learner-centered strategies in an inclusive classroom perspective. In parallel, the partners will develop the online platform that will deliver the programme, using gamification dynamics to increase motivation and engagement.
Phase 4: Piloting the approach in teacher training real contexts
Teachers will be trained in real use cases using the methodology and games in three sets of consecutive pilot sessions:
- A restricted pilot session with teachers and external experts to gain first feedback about the methodology and online training programme.
- A larger training session to train teachers, school psychologists and support staff on the methodology and tools, so that they acquire or update their skills and competencies.
- Immediately afterwards, other training sessions will be organized in each participating country to test those methodology and tools with students in real classroom contexts.
Phase 5: Dissemination of the GIFTED methodology
The educational experts from the academic partners, led by NOAH, will organize and produce a “Handbook on methodology for working with gifted children in the classroom” that will collect the methodologies and approaches developed, and the best practices collected in the project. The Handbook will be used to disseminate the key points collected during the pilot testing and the most effective teaching methodologies applied. Four multiplier events will be held to engage a wider community of teachers and to disseminate project results and outcomes.
From 22 to 24 September, we participated in the Italian finals of Kangourou Italia, an associate partner of the GIFTED project. The Italian team of Noah Innovation for Health, lead partner of…
On June 21st, Ferrara CTS, as an associate partner of the Gifted Project, organized and hosted a training event for teachers across all school levels. Dr. Roberta Renati, as project coordinator, gave…
On 15 and 16 June 2023, we met the teachers of the Italian schools involved in the Gifted project network, who will participate in the first pilot phase of the project, scheduled…
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