Special Education Teaching Kit

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The Special Education Kit is the world’s first teaching kit designed to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as emotional and social disorders. Its authors are teachers and therapists, who work with children with special educational needs daily and are passionate about technology. Photon plays the role of a student’s companion, a guide in the world of confusing social norms and other everyday challenges. The robot can surprise, entertain, and motivate students to give their best.

What is a typical lesson like?

The materials in the kit allow teachers to conduct group and individual classes. The activities can be used as additional ideas for playing with students or as ingredients for creating customized lesson plans. All activities are grouped into several areas and, depending on the needs of each student, can be used either in the suggested order or independently. The box contains one robot, a set of 50 activities, and other accessories. The activities consist of programming the robot’s movement, the color of its feelers, and the sounds it makes in a particular situation. Using the robot is easy and intuitive and requires no previous experience in programming.

Exercises supporting development

The kit contains 50 exercises that include:

  • 30 exercises for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder grouped into three areas: communication, cognitive, social.
  • 20 exercises for improving social-emotional skills

The suggestions in the kit are applicable for individual and group work. Exercises can be used independently for playing with students or as elements for creating lesson plans.

The exercises are grouped into several areas, and therapists can carry them out in the suggested order or independently, depending on the needs of each student.

The kit is suitable for kindergarten, early elementary, and grades 4-6. Educators and therapists can freely adjust the exercises to the needs of a given student, focusing on developing skills and strengthening the areas they consider key. With 50 fully developed lesson plans, teachers can:

Support students’ emotional development by enabling students to identify their emotions and helping them understand how they affect their behavior.

Help develop communication skills using the included AAC communication system cards and flashcards.

Support balanced development through activities and methods adapted to their individual needs, abilities, and limitations.

Increase focus and engagement thanks to the interdisciplinary Photon robot and engaging exercises that activate the left and right brain hemispheres.

Example activity: A Journey To The Land Of Anger, Sorrow, And Joy

To begin the class, the teacher lets students know that they will be going on a journey to the land of emotions with the Photon Robot as their guide. Students line up behind the robot while the teacher prepares the robot’s route using Photon Badge. If the class is large, the teacher may use the Photon Joystick, which is easier to operate. Students line up behind the robot while the teacher prepares the robot’s route using Photon Badge. Once the robot sets out on the previously programmed route, the children follow it in single file. When the robot stops, it makes a sound expressing an emotion. When the robot stops, it makes a sound expressing an emotion. The students guess which emotional ‘realm’ they are in currently. After taking a guess, they illustrate, for example, by gestures or role play, how they think people of a given realm would behave. They continue their journey stopping in different realms and repeating the previously described activities.

> Try out a free lesson plan!

All a teacher needs in one box

  • Photon Robot for Education,
  • An educational mat (storytelling)
  • An educational mat (grid)
  • 50 lesson plans
  • Flashcards (5 sets)
    • Pictograms and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Emotions, Objects and Activities
    • Symbols Used in Our Application
    • Alphabet and Numbers
    • Alphabet and Numbers (24 pcs.)

Dedicated app

The kit includes a dedicated App, which facilitates the work of teachers and allows to control the robot through several interfaces tailored to the age and
skills of students.

• Ready-made activities that the teacher can adapt to the group’s needs in a few simple steps. With that, the robot will divide students into groups or indicate
the participant of the next exercise.

• Diverse interfaces allow you to work with both older and younger preschoolers. You can also adjust the difficulty level of the exercises to the child’s ability.

• Two account types – Educator and Student. Your account gives you access to all the features of the App, while a simplified Student Account can be used for
controlling the robot’s actions.

• Additional lesson plans and a robot handbook.

Where to download the app?

Mobile devices

The Photon EDU app can be downloaded from the application store available on your device, such as Google Play, App Store, Huawei AppGallery, or
Amazon Appstore.

Computers

The Photon EDU app is an integral part of the dedicated teacher application for computers, Photon Magic Bridge. By downloading it, we gain access to all
our learning tools in one place on our computer. To download Photon Magic Bridge, click here.

Subject-matter experts

Renata Idzik

Renata is a preschool teacher, special educational needs teacher, and educational therapist fascinated with modern technologies and their use in preschool education. She is also a coach, advisor, author of training programs, and trainer in many projects, including nationwide projects such as “School for Innovators”. What’s more, she actively assists educational institutions in developing key competencies.

Agnieszka Setnikowska

Special educator and preschool teacher. She works at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Opole, where she implements new technologies in working with children with various disabilities. She holds many years of experience working with children with special educational needs at both the preschool and elementary school levels.

Małgorzata Rabenda

Math and computer science teacher, educational therapist, passionate coach, a keen enthusiast of new technologies, programming and robotics, and turquoise organizations. Initiator of many pedagogical innovations, author of articles and educational materials. Subject-matter expert for the Piztacja.tv and Lekcja Enter. She is a trainer in many educational projects in the field of ICT implementation, development of key competencies, and leadership.

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