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ARBIT holds three multiplier events in Turkey and Spain to share results and discuss AR effectiveness

  • June 21st, 2023
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The Erasmus+ ARBIT project consortium held three multiplier events on May 23, 25 and 30 in Konya, Turkey, and the Spanish cities of Avila and Valladolid, respectively. At the meetings, the most important results of the technology developed, actions related to students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the effectiveness of augmented reality (AR) were discussed.

This action aims to adapt and customize the augmented reality tool called Pictogram Room, previously developed with the support of the Orange Foundation, so that it can be used by students from the three participating schools. It also aims to define protocols for this adaptation that can be replicated elsewhere and conduct a research study to test its effectiveness in training these students in body awareness, pointing and imitation.

It also includes developing training materials for teachers and producing a massive open online course (MOOC) to improve their competencies in the field of imitation and autism through the use of AR technologies.

The first of the meetings, in the Turkish city Konya, gathered 115 people and focused on autism and the importance of body awareness for children with autism. In addition, Pictogram Room software developed for the project was tested and teachers from Turkey, Bulgaria and Spain showed the impact of the action on their professional development. Finally, ARBIT coordinator Gerardo Herrera, from the University of Valencia, gave a presentation on the MOOC platform of the initiative.

Regarding the second event, in Avila, it focused on the schooling data of students with ASD in Castilla y Leon and the actions carried out by the Federation Autismo Castilla y Leon with the Ministry of Education of the community. The third, in Valladolid, dealt with augmented reality applied to the training of body schemas, signs and imitation of autism.

The ARTEC group of the IRTIC coordinates the initiative, in which the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes from France; Fundación Adapta, Autismo Ávila, CFIE Ávila and Federación Autismo Castilla y León from Spain; Dirección Provincial de Educación de Konya and Karatay Özel Eğitim Uygulama Okulu III - Kademe from Turkey; and Association Autism from Bulgaria participate.

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