GoLab Space Awareness Summer School, 2016
Start date: 10 Jul 2016,
End date: 09 Jul 2018
The Go-Lab Summer School is specifically designed for teaching professionals in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). It will introduce to teachers the use of on-line virtual experimentations and remote laboratories as well as inquiry-based science teaching techniques in order to develop, improve and enhance their teaching skills and practices.The overall goal of the course is twofold: to acquaint participants with the significance and opportunities of inquiry-based science teaching through the use of virtual online and remote labs in STEM education; to enable teachers to successfully find, develop and apply the innovative, ICT based tools and teaching techniques that will help them create attractive science lessons and thus foster the interest of their students in science topics.Participants in the GoLab Space Awareness Summer School will be facilitated in developing the key skills to deliver the school curriculum through engaging and inquiry-based methodologies, and in introducing their students to space related careers. It will provide participants with training on teaching strategies that will allow them to manage diverse classrooms and promote gender balance, and will present to teachers the ICT tools appropriate for use in the science classroom. Teachers will participate in inquiry activities both as learners performing inquiry-based experimentations using on-line labs and supportive applications, and as teachers implementing inquiry-based scenarios connected to on-line experiments.Participating teachers will work in small groups and thus be able to collaborate with teachers from other countries, discuss ideas and exchange experiences in order to create a group activity which will encompass all the features of a successful inquiry-based multidisciplinary science activity.The course will last for 5 days, consisting in total of 25 hours of workshop based training, such as presentations followed by hands-on sessions (10 hours of lectures and demonstrations, 15 hours of hands-on workshops). The lectures and the demonstrations of the training course will be held in an auditorium equipped with a data projector and a laptop, whereas, the workshops will be held in a multimedia laboratory where each participant will have direct access to a PC with internet connection and will carry out planned exercises.Not only will participants will be enabled to deploy the repertoire of resources, tools and activities within their own everyday science teaching practice, but the course will also strengthen its social cohesive and pan-European dimension by inviting participants to be part of a community of practice that will allow them to exchange and share ideas, experiences, concerns and educational resources with fellow teachers across Europe.
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