Tallinn University, in the context of the doctoral thesis of Janika Leoste, supports from the autumn of 2017 to the spring of 2020 math teachers in the grades 3 and 6 to conduct robot supported math lessons. Using robots in visualising math concepts helps students focus their attention on learning and cultivates their interest towards learning and understanding the subject.
Practicing teachers and educational technologists were involved in the creation of the lesson plan and study materials. The pilot study was conducted in the spring of 2017 and provided both encouragement and necessary know-how for further development of the design. During the school year of 2018/2019 more than 2000 students in 15% of Estonian schools are involved in the study. Subsequently the method will be made available to more than 30% of Estonian schools in the school year of 2019/2020. Kairi Mustjatse, a math teacher in Martna Basic School, said that visualising math through a robot makes math more practical and therefore
more meaningful for a student.
Tallinn University provides teachers with training, teaching materials, support in creation of a learning community and evidence-based results about the implementation success of the method.
Contact: Janika Leoste, Janika.Leoste@tlu.ee
Research & Development
EXU, Tallinn University
Narva maantee 25
10120 Tallinn, Estonia