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Reference Number : GR-2010-092-001
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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
DISCOVER OPEN SCIENCE RESOURCES: Technology Enhanced Science Education and Science Content Organisation
TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING :
A GRANT FOR EITHER COMENIUS OR GRUNDTVIG TARGET GROUPS

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING:
COURSE
(training resulting from an llp or previous socrates project (comenius, lingua, grundtvig, minerva))

LLP OR SOCRATES PROJECT NO. : 141942-2008-llp-gr-comenius-cmp
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCES
Maths, chemistry & physics
Natural sciences, biology and environment
New technologies
Other courses for teachers of sciences Social tagging,repositories, metadata,reusability
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English
SCHOOL AND PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
Primary
General secondary
Vocational/Technical secondary
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Teacher trainers
Other, namely: museum educators, science communicators
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
University of Crete, Physics Department
Vassilika Vouton
71003 -
Heraklion
Greece
www.physics.uoc.gr
 
George Neofotistos
+30 6945 978775
+30 2810 394101
neofotistos@physics.uoc.gr
Sofoklis Sotiriou
+30 210 8176797
+30 210 6032554
sotiriou@ea.gr
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
A web site (including a common web space where participants will be able to upload materials) will be developed providing the participants with all necessary course information as: course description, programme, educational material and relevant sites prior to the start of the course, guidelines for travelling. The organisers will provide the participants with recent reports from European surveys on the field of formal and informal science education and technology enhanced learning. Prior to the beginning of the course, all participants will be able to familiarize themselves with both the training course topic (by accessing the website address the slides of the lectures that will be delivered during the training course) and with the course methodology (by getting access to the course structure and tools). The participants will be invited to participate to the Open Science Resources user group. The participants will be also asked to prepare a series of scenarios that are introducing inquiry-based techniques in science teaching and that making use of resources from science centres and museums. These scenarios will be discussed in detail during the course.
A large amount of digital science education content already exists in the form of science museum collections and digital repositories. This large amount of digital science content has the potential to support technology-enhanced science education. However, science education teachers are lacking the time to investigate the potential educational added-value of the huge amount of digital resources typically returned though web search engines. An important factor, in order to make search and retrieval of science educational content more efficient is the quality and quantity of educational metadata associated with these resources. In general, the commonly accepted way to describe educational resources is the IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) Standard. This training course aims first to develop science education teachers’ and trainers’ skills in using the deployed technologies in modes and settings as diverse as a physical museum visit, a virtual tour and surfing over the web and then, to get familiar with specific issues related to their application to technology-enhanced science education. The training course will provide European Science Education teachers/trainers with an introduction to social tagging learning objects, educational metadata and learning objects repositories, together with hands-on experiences on practical approaches and tools that are commonly used to support the learning object paradigm. Furthermore, it will focus on issues of particular interest in applying the learning objects paradigm in technology-enhanced science education, such as the description of science curriculum related characteristics of science education resources. To this end, the proposed training course is anticipated to facilitate European teachers and trainers in finding a way that will allow for integration of educational resources of the science centers and museums to the science curriculum.
The course will include presentations and practical sessions (labs) on WWW and educational uses for teachers, Strategies for searching information online, Introduction to the concept of learning objects, Introduction to learning repositories, Introduction to preparing, uploading and sharing learning resources, Introduction to metadata, educational metadata, and metadata-based searching, authoritative educational metadata schemas (DC-ed & IEEE LOM), Social metadata and Web 2.0 tools (folksonomies & social tagging), presentation of popular social tools (e.g. Flikr) and scenarios for their use in the classroom, Pedagogical strategies and best practices for using digital teaching & learning resources in the classroom, Hands-on session working on resources related to science (use of COSMOS [www.cosmos-project.eu], xlpora), The training course lasts 10 hours of lectures and demonstrations, and 15 hour 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 and will carry out planned exercises. One day will be hosted at the Natural History Museum of Crete where participants will be introduced in the use of social tagging techniques for describing the museum collections.
During the weeks following the training course the participants will have the opportunity through conducting specially designed mini-projects to further apply what they have learnt by producing educational resources following the learning objects paradigm and sharing them through the establishment of a teachers’ community of best science education practice. The participants will be welcome to systematically participate to the Open Science Resources user group and COSMOS user group. They will be part to a community that numbers currently 1200 science teachers who are applying inquiry based techniques in their everyday teaching. The training team will provide to the participants all the necessary guidelines and support to implement the proposed approaches in their classroom.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
1st DAY: Introduction and overview of the Course from Prof. George Neofotistos and Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou. Presentation of the participants. Keynote Talk by Prof. Demetrios Sampson on Inquiry-Based and Game-Based Learning.
2nd DAY: Introduction to Learning Technologies and International Specifications – What is there and how Teachers can benefit from that [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 hours], The Learning Objects Paradigm [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 Hours]
3rd DAY: Educational Metadata and the IEEE LOM Standard [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 hours], Learning Object Repositories – Tools and Services for Teachers [Lecture/Demonstration, 3 hours], 18.00 Visit to the Skinakas Observatory
4th DAY (Natural History Museum) Social Tagging Tools [Demonstration, 3 hours], Tools for Learning Objects Metadata Authoring [Demonstration, 2 hours], Issues related with Science Education Digital Resources [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 hours]
5th DAY Workshop on Searching and Retrieving Learning Objects from Learning Object Repositories [Workshop, 2 hours]6th DAY Workshop on Learning Objects Metadata Authoring [Workshop, 3 hours], Closing - Conclusions - Presentation of Participants work.
 
TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
 
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input
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