Digital Skills Development for 21st Century Special Education Needs Teachers

Education of children with special needs has traditionally been concerned with teaching life skills along with social and academic skills as those skills have been accepted as an entry point to daily and professional life. Therefore, Teachers of SEN (Special Education Needs) might seem to be hesitant to adopt the use of ICT methodology and tools as part of their work, mostly due to being worried about the time that would be lost on learning and teaching these ICT skills to their pupils and with the pre-assumption that those skills are secondary to the skills mentioned above. However, in the 21st century post-COVID19 era, ICT has already been a significant part of educational practices all around the World, highly impacting SEN education as well. Formal and non-formal learning and teaching practices are now taking place, if not always, at a higher frequency than ever before via use of internet and other supplementary software, with the promise that education, for all the pupils, can never be interrupted against any obstacle, therefore making learning possible at any place and any time.




What is the background of Digi-Skills SEN?

1.1. What caused it?

• It has long been believed that the 21st century brought about an incredible pace for changes in societies. As a result, individuals in societies are left with a need to keep up with the breath-taking speed of technological transformation in every aspect of their lives. Also, as a reflection of this transformation at the workplace, the concept of life-long learning became an indispensable part of individuals to keep them updated with the most recent knowledge, skills and competencies. Therefore, teachers of the special education field are in an emergent need to increase their level of competence in using ICT in their teaching practices in order to secure their match with the requirement of the labour market along with providing higher quality education for their pupils.

What is the background of Digi-Skills SEN?

1.2. Why Digi-Skills SEN?

• The unexpected need to transform the educative activities into digital medium due to Covid-19 required the teachers to immediately adapt themselves to the new normal, making the basic digital skills a bare minimum for teachers. • The very nature of SEN requires, however, deeper interaction between the teachers and students which require the SEN teachers to have profound knowledge, skills and competence in using digital tools to get over the distance barrier. Therefore, educative activities along with labour market demands in the post-COVID19 era require teachers, specifically SEN teachers to be equipped with high-level digital skills to keep up with the trends, interests and needs of students and employers. • The members of the project consortium of the “DIGI-SKILLS-SEN” Project have the required expertise in the development of educational methodologies and tolls along with integration practices of ICT into formal and non-formal education activities.

What is the background of Digi-Skills SEN?

1.3. Objectives of Digi-Skills SEN

• Increased understanding of digital literacy, digital needs and expectations, • Meeting functional requirements of ICT use of SEN teachers. • Increased knowledge, competence and attitudes on software, applications and methodologies for SEN teachers, • Increased knowledge competence, and skills of SEN teachers on supportive online educational tools for special education, • Leveraged motivation of SEN teachers on utilizing ICT tools and methodologies for special education practices, • Boosted awareness of SEN teachers to use self-online learning tools and applications, • Increase digital skills of SEN teachers through 30 mobile apps and software in 10 different fields, • Improved use of digital tools for education and learning practices • Developing an individualized learning system for SEN teachers to keep them up to date with the latest developments through an online learning platform and mobile application, • Boosted awareness of trainers and educators of all fields regarding the role of ICT tools in the 21st century post-covid19 era. • To increase the positive attitude of SEN teachers towards online educational practices.

Project Results

The allocation of tasks and responsibilities will be based on the level of expertise and experience of partners. The roles and duties of the partners will enable them to effectively use their background and produce the maximum effect for the quality of the project results.

Digital resources and learning outcomes for SEN teachers:

The result aims to meet the needs and gap in the content that is specifically provided for SEN teachers and based on their needs to increase their digital skills and competences

Digi-Skills SEN online learning platform

This platform that is designed in line with the needs of SEN teachers will encompass curriculum and the learning content created in the R1 in a relevant way for registered users with a training interface on the developed curriculum

Mobile application for educational and technical softwares

This result will be created in an all-inclusive mobile application to visit all the selected educational and technical content and software that will be utilized by the SEN teachers by one tap. SEN teachers, via the mobile app, will be able to reach 30 selected application.

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