Project Overview

Inclusive Education with Tablets (IncluEdu) was a 3-Year European Project (2014 – 2017) funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (KA2) of the European Commission. IncluEdu created an innovative, European-wide, modularised further education programme for, and network of, education providers by exploiting the huge potentials of tablet computers for wider inclusion of learners with SEN. The overall aim if IncluEdu is that these organisations gain the necessary competences to successfully introduce mobile ICT such as tablets to support inclusion within their offers.

Context and Background

Smartphones and tablet computers as widespread representatives for mobile information and communication technology (ICT) are expected to innovate learning and teaching in numerous ways, including individualised, anytime and mobile access to learning opportunities for all. Research suggests a profound effect of mobile ICT on pedagogy and on learners. For learners with special educational needs (SEN) mobile ICT allows for an even wider individualisation of learning materials and adaptation to personal learning styles. Inclusion for people with SEN in education is a primary goal in Europe. Analyses conclude that what is good practice and provision for learners with SEN is good for all learners.

Educational organizations are not yet ready to adopt mobile ICT and to realise the potentials of these technologies for broadening inclusion. To become more inclusive and to adapt teaching and learning structures and approaches correspondingly, deciders, managers and teachers of educational institutions need new competences.