Presenting rhythm4inclusion and establishing local communities of teachers in UK

Coventry University had organised this event for rhythm4inclusion in parallel with two other Erasmus+ projects entitled START IN and Cult Risk. The event took place on Tuesday 10 November 2020 15:30pm via the Zoom platform. 23 participants have participated in the event ranging from teachers, academics, researchers and practitioners who were interested in learning more about the two projects and especially in terms of creating a community of teachers and practitioners who would be interested in designing and delivering teaching and learning with creative, artistic and digital artifacts and manifestations and thereby improve teaching and learning in schools.  

The event started by demonstrating the projects and their major outputs.  Specifically, for Rhythm4All we have presented the aims and objectives of the project and we have elaborated on progress in terms of the overarching outputs that they have currently been developed. In particular we have provided extensive accounts on design thinking methodology (IO1), the DigiRhythmCompTeach framework in IO2 and the Rhythm-based curriculum along with the videos created as scaffolds for teachers to have a practical resource to view when designing their rhythm activities in the classroom. 

The presentations of the DigiRhythmCompTeach and of the Rhythm curriculum sparked and leveraged fruitful and constructive discussions between the participants around the areas of digital skills development and the importance of having a digital competence system for teachers to be able to understand existing levels of proficiency on specific digital competencies but also to trigger strategic planning in terms of the skills and competencies that teachers would be interested to develop as to serve the needs of the students as well as discussing on personal continuous professional development plans.  

Despite the unusual processes of communication and interaction as part of implementing a ME via technology, it was an engaging and intuitive experience for all as the purpose of developing a community of practitioners with the same interests in using rhythm and digital competencies for teaching and learning has been achieved. All participants have exchanged contact details for enabling communication and discussions beyond the remit of the ME, and also contributing on the ongoing activities and piloting events of the project.