With sharply increasing cultural, linguistic and socio-economic diversity in Europe’s school populations, there is urgency to shift towards educational practices that embrace the inclusion of all learners. Accordingly, we need to support teachers’ endeavours to establish inclusion as a cornerstone of their practice. The challenge is to ensure that ALL students, including those facing educational disadvantage, have optimal chances of realizing their potential as students and future European citizens.
PLayful Environment for Inclusive leArning Design in Europe (PLEIADE) responds positively to this scenario by supporting the efforts of European teachers to systematically integrate inclusive practices in their teaching.
The PLEIADE consortium comprises eight partners from five countries: the National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Educational Technology (project coordinator); the development company OpenLab, in Italy; the UK-based European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN); Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski; four school organizations located in Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus who are facing a range of challenges in terms of students’ socio-economic /cultural disadvantage.
The chief outputs of PLEIADE will be:
- an innovative and gamified blended Teachers’ Professional Development pathway [O1] dedicated to inclusive education, learning design, and collaborative learning;
- the Hybrid I4Ts game [O2] comprising a tangible and a digital components to support teachers’ design of collaborative, inclusion-oriented learning activities;
- a Gamified platform for the Blended Training Activities [O3] providing a scaffolded context for teacher interaction to design PLEIADE – inspired classroom activities and the exchange of related experiences;
- an Open online collection of good practices for inclusion generated by the PLEIADE teacher community;
- an evaluation kit for inclusion-oriented collaborative learning activities;
- a project Impact amplification kit.
The two kits, co-designed with participating teachers, will help implement the project strategy and approach outside consortium contexts.