As of the 1st February 2018 pursuant to the Regulation of the Council of Ministers the Institute of Mathematical Machines was incorporated into NASK National Research Institute. NASK takes all the rights and responsibilities of the Institute of Mathematical Machines.
On May 25, 2017, the 2nd PlatMat Conference was held: Innovations and experiences of support for teacher and pupils with visual impairments in mathematics education, which presented the results of the “OPTY: Study of the effectiveness of computerization of mathematics education for students with visual impairments using the optimized PlatMat tools” research project.
The conference was an event summarizing the activities carried out in the OPTY project, in particular an opportunity to share experiences from pilot mathematics classes (full-time and remote) supported by the PlatMat technology, carried out in three educational institutions: SOSW (Special School and Educational Centre) for Visually Impaired Children on Koźmińska street in Warsaw, SOSW for Blind and Visually impaired children on Tyniecka street in Krakow and Public Junior High School No. 3 with Integration Units in Siedlce. The teachers participating in the OPTY project presented practical examples of the use and use of PlatMat for teaching specific issues from the core curriculum of mathematics, as well as the benefits of using the PlatMat for the teacher (preparation for classes, conducting classes) and the student (work at a lesson in the classroom and work at home with remote teacher support).
On December 1-2, 2016 at the 14th edition of the International Conference REHA for the Blind 2016, innovative technology PlatMat was presented. This technology was developed at the Institute of Mathematical Machines in two research projects co-financed by PFRON. The IMM’s stand organized under the slogan “Inclusive mathematics education”, was very popular among teachers, students, parents and foreign producers of blind technologies. The visitors had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with and test the PlatMat tools. The producers were interviewed about possible cooperation in adapting PlatMat technology to foreign customers.
On November 18, 2016 at Public Junior High School No. 3 with Integration Departments in Siedlce, teachers were consulted summarizing the first stage of valorisation of the optimized PlatMat tools. At the same time, the student was trained in the field of PlatMat tools, preparing him to participate in the valorization of the Platmat prototype. The school also provided an additional computer set necessary to conduct classes using PlatMat.
On October 21, 2016 at the Special School and Education Center for Visually Impaired Children in Krakow, a consultation meeting with teachers and students was held to summarize the first stage of the valorization of the optimized tools of the educational technology PlatMat. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the group of developers who explained the doubts regarding the use and optimization of PlatMat.
On 14, 20 June 2016 at the Public Junior High School No. 3 with Integration Units in Siedlce, where visually impaired young people are educated, teachers and students were trained in the use of the PlatMat technology applications in mathematics education. Two low vision students and two teachers of mathematics took part in the training. Students and teachers received the necessary computer equipment to conduct classes supported by PlatMat technology.
On May 20-21, 2016 at the Special School and Educational Center for Visually Impaired Children in Krakow there were trainings for students and teachers on the use of the PlatMat technology application in mathematics education. Two low vision students, three blind students and two teachers took part in the trainings. Students and teachers received the necessary computer equipment to conduct classes supported by PlatMat technology.
On April 1, 2016, we began the implementation of the project entitled “OPTY: Studies on the effectiveness of computerization of mathematical education of students with visual impairments using the optimized PlatMat tools“. It is a continuation of the idea of the completed project entitled “PlatMat platform increasing the effectiveness of inclusive education in the field of mathematics and physics”, implemented in the period 02.2014 – 10.2015, which resulted in a complete, innovative educational technology PlatMat: a set of tools and a portal that supports the teaching of mathematics and physics of students with visual impairments.
The activities carried out in the current project will focus on:
- optimization and universalization of PlatMat tools,
- valorisation of PlatMat tools under real operating conditions,
- optimization of PlatMat tools to match the declared needs of different groups of potential users operating in different contexts (local environments),
- dissemination of the results of research and applications from implementations,
- development of recommendations for the application and implementation of PlatMat in the teaching of maths of pupils with visual impairments, which are a factor increasing the diffusion of innovative technology of PlatMat on the education market.
The project is co-financed by PFRON and will last until the end of March 2017.
4 th April 2016 at 10:00 at the seat of PFRON there was a presentation of the educational platform PlatMat tools. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Board and employees of PFRON. They talked about the platform: Jolanta Brzostek-Pawłowska – project manager, inventor and designer of PlatMat platform, and also Dariusz Mikułowski and Małgorzata Rubin – performers team members.
PlatMat technology met with great interest of the participants. At the same time, it was considered that the product should be immediately directed to the Ministry of Education in order to obtain a recommendation for its use in the mathematical education of students with visual impairments in Polish schools.
We invite to cooperation schools and other organisations that are interested in customization and deploying educational platform PlatMat in mathematical education of students with visual impairments.
We are looking for partners to take part in projects under EU funding programmes in the education of students with special needs and also, we would like to take part as your project’s participants.