Certification for teachers and educators on the educational robot Thymio

CTT – Certified Thymio teacher

Certification for educators and teachers on the educational robot Thymio

Mobsya, the Swiss association that created the Thymio robot, and Stripes coop sociale, the official training organization in Italy for the Thymio robot, have put together a certification for teachers, educators and third sector operators who want to use the Thymio educational robot professionally in the contexts in which they work.

Thymio was created, industrialized and commercialized by Mobsya, a non-profit association founded in 2010 by MOBOTS (Mobile Robotics Group) and EPFL (Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne). The robot was created from an open source perspective and has become much more than just an educational robot used in many schools today.

With this certification for teachers and educators who intend to include it in their teaching-educational program, it is possible to learn and attest their knowledge of the robot by obtaining the CTT – Certified Thymio Teacher issued by Mobsya and Stripes.

The “CTT – Certified Thymio Teacher” certification is issued upon passing an exam that can be done completely online.

The exam is divided into 4 sections with subsections structured as follows:

Section 1: INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL ROBOTICS.
– Historical background and basics of computer science and educational robotics
– The robot in the classroom: pedagogical aspects, collaboration, inclusion and teaching with robots

Section 2: THE EDUCATIONAL ROBOT THYMIO
– Basic behaviors
– Characteristics
– What might not work

Section 3: HOW TO PROGRAM THYMIO
– Event-driven programming: Basic VPL
– Event-driven programming: Advanced VPL
– Scratch for Thymio
– Use of Thymio simulator for distance learning

Section 4: POTENTIAL EDUCATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS WITH THE THYMIO ROBOT

Sections 1 through 3 include a closed-ended test for each subsection for a total of 80 questions.
Each correct answer is worth 1 point
The maximum score for the closed-ended test for the first 3 sections is 80 points.

Section 4 involves the writing of a final paper that will be read by Stripes Digitus Lab trainers and scored from 1 to 20 points.
The maximum score achievable for the paper is 20 points.

The importance of the paper is precisely that it requires candidates to look for potential developments in the use of the robot in education and teaching.

Certification is achieved with a minimum total score (closed-ended test + paper) of 85 points out of 100.

The certification lasts two years and can be renewed through refresher courses or you can keep the certification active by doing the following activities:

  • Attending the Thymio MOOC (currently available in French and soon in Italian)
  • Be able to do a Thymio diagnostic: be able to diagnose if your robot needs to be repaired or not and repair basic problems as described in our Thymio repair guide (currently available in French and soon also in Italian).
  • Participate and/or attend 3 webinars per year (in Italian or English)
  • Be able to show people not familiar with Thymio all the programming interfaces and be able to direct people to the Mobsya website.
  • Create 2 activities per year to be submitted to Roteco platform

 

INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL ROBOTICS

1
HISTORY AND BASICS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL ROBOTICS
10 domande
2
THE ROBOT IN THE CLASSROOM: PEDAGOGICAL ASPECTS, COLLABORATION, INCLUSION AND TEACHING WITH ROBOTS
10 domande

THE THYMIO EDUCATIONAL ROBOT

1
BASIC BEHAVIORS
10 domande
2
FEATURES
10 domande
3
WHAT MIGHT NOT WORK: PROBLEM SOLVING
5 domande

HOW TO PROGRAM THYMIO

1
EVENT PROGRAMMING: VPL BASE
10 domande
2
EVENT PROGRAMMING: ADVANCED VPL
10 domande
3
SCRATCH FOR THYMIO
10 domande
4
USE OF THE THYMIO SIMULATOR FOR DISTANCE LEARNING
5 domande

POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN TEACHING AND EDUCATION WITH THE THYMIO ROBOT.

1
Information for compilation
2
Exercise
CTT - Certified Thymio Teacher is a certification issued by Mobsya (Swiss association responsible for the creation, promotion, distribution and communication of Thymio products) and Stripes Coop sociale (Thymio trainer for Italy) that certifies teachers and educators who want to use the Thymio educational robot at a professional level with their students or educational groups.
CTT - Certified Thymio Teacher certification can be obtained by anyone but is usually aimed primarily at: - Teachers and educators at all levels of schools and educational fields - Passionate teachers who embody the mission of Thymio - Teachers/educators who want to share their experiences with others - Teachers/educators who will support the Thymio team by providing valuable feedback and insights and testimonials Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
It is not necessary to have obtained other qualifications related to the world of educational robotics nor to have previous knowledge or experience in this area. The certification can also be achieved by those who are entering the world of educational robotics for the first time.
In order to become certified you must take an exam divided into 4 sections. After passing this you will get the "CTT - Certified Thymio Teacher". To prepare for the certification you can follow the courses available on our website related to the educational robot Thymio or the MOOC available online in several languages.
If you do not pass the tests you can repeat them for up to 3 times.
The exam is divided into 4 sections whose potential sum of points obtainable is 100. The final paper is worth 20 points, so since 85 is the minimum threshold to pass the exam it is necessary to write the paper that will be read and evaluated by the trainers who will give feedback for its improvement if it is not enough to pass the Certification.
The certification lasts two years and can be renewed through update courses or you can keep the certification active by doing the following activities: Attending the Thymio MOOC (currently available in French and soon in Italian) Be able to do a Thymio diagnostic: be able to diagnose if your robot needs to be repaired or not and repair basic problems as described in our Thymio repair guide (currently available in French and soon also in Italian). Participate and/or attend 3 webinars per year (in Italian or English) Be able to show people not familiar with Thymio all the programming interfaces and be able to direct people to the Mobsya website. Create 2 activities per year to be submitted to Roteco platform
The certification is available in Italian and English
It is not necessary to own and operate a Thymio robot in order to pass the exam, but it can still be useful.
If you have any further questions you can contact the Stripes digitus Lab team directly by emailing digituslab@pedagogia.it
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