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Enhancement of School TEAching Methods by linking between schools, experts and geoparks in the combination with outdoor activities and ICT technologies
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project ESTEAM comes out from the personal experience and needs of science teachers. We know that learning programs and the learning process are getting more and more comprehensive, fast and demanding.The traditional way of teaching is slowly losing its force. Modern, contemporary and fun ways of teaching with modern technologies included in learning process are looked for. They should be fun and adapted to ICT technologies. Internationalization is promoted and there is also increased use of digital learning, possibly in combination with teaching in the field. The ESTEAM project aims to improve the quality of teaching-learning in the school system through an innovative method (teaching methodology, toolkit & users experience space (virtual & nature)) that links National curriculum goals in natural science education with developing of mobile teaching/users experience platform (ICT) in combination with outdoor activities. Additionally, development and findings will result in Guide for Teachers in Natural Science Education – ESTEAM methodology Step by step guide.General objective is to improve the teaching process in combination of ICT technologies and outdoor activities.Specific objectives:- Research of National Curricula in project countries with the list of proposed programes and tool for designing lessons- Create effective content & methodology for science teaching designed in collaboration with teachers, experts in the field of science, interpretation of the natural heritage & with experts in the field of ICT- Develop mobile teaching/users experience platform- Design of Guide for teacher in science education based on outputs, knowledge and experiences- Increase the frequency and effectiveness of the use of ICT technologies in the teaching of science- Increased level of digital competence for teachers & pupils- Increased level in foreign languages for teachers &pupilsIn the project several activities will be carried out: 1) Project management2) Quality assurance 3) Dissemination4) Research of National Curricula with guidelines 5) Development of teaching methodology: mobile teaching/users experience platform 6) Preparation of Guide for teacher in natural science education – ESTEAM methodology Step by step guide7) Project meetings8) Presentations of ESTEAM Intellectual Outputs and their use in teaching/learning process9) Short-term joint staff training eventTarget groups- Science teachers- Future Science teachers- Professors of didactics at faculties- Pupils aged 12-15- Geoparks staff- Employees in educational institutionsOutputs of the project will be O1 - Research of National Curricula with guidelines, O2 - Development of teaching methodology: mobile teaching/users experience platform and O3 - Guide for teacher in natural science education – ESTEAM methodology Step by step guide, which form the TOOLKIT for natural science teaching.Based on input of O1 and innovations in education we will go with O2 & O3 towards pupil centric approach that includes inquiry and cooperative based learning. It will be innovative, interactive, evolving and experimental. We will provide virtual teaching, e-learning directed-self-study assignments, pre-assignments and post learning reviewing. We’ll combine different learning styles – visual, auditory, kinesthetic – multi-sensory learning combining reading, typing, hearing & seeing. In learning experience we’ll follow gamification, progression, follow-up, evaluation, comparison with others (users, countries - through presentation of points, answers in database). Platform will enable self-evaluation, but also individual & team-based out door learning. Communication enables learning through dialog. It will be based on learning Science on various outdoor activities & examples in the nature.Users will be outside, where all phenomena exist, learning by doing, observing, experiencing with vast engagement and interaction. They will be able check results, data, tasks, virtual travel, where ever with access to platform. Platform is based on geo-position learning. This project will have a lot of impact on different groups of people, but the most important impact will be modern natural science teaching approaches which spice up the learning process in combination with outdoor activities and ICT technologies. Using mobile platform will make learning more interesting for pupils, so they will learn more than now. The most important long-term benefit of this project will be spreading the knowledge and to provide varied innovative, quality, optimized natural science teaching methods and introduction of new tools to their target groups.
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