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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
Hands-on teachers’ training activities toward European Natural History and Environmental Cultural Heritage, using Digital Learning Resources and Repositories
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 learning repositories, metadata, social tagging
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
http://www.physics.uoc.gr
 
George Neofotistos
+30 6945978775
+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 download and upload materials) will be developed, which will provide the participants with all the necessary course information such as: course description, program, educational materials and relevant websites prior to the start of the course, as well as guidelines for travelling. The organisers will provide the participants with most recent and updated educational and informational materials as well as recent European reports in the fields of formal and informal science education and technology-enhanced learning, European natural history and environmental cultural heritage. Prior to the beginning of the course, all participants will be able to familiarize themselves with both the training course topic (by accessing the relevant resources and materials) and with the course methodology (by getting access to the course structure and tools). The participants will be invited to participate to “Natural Europe” project’s user group. The participants will be also asked to prepare educational pathways through Europeana’s content on Natural History and Sciences, introducing inquiry-based techniques in science teaching and making use of resources from National History Museums (NHMs) and science centres. These educational pathways scenarios will be discussed in detail during the course.
The course’s objective is to strengthen the natural history museum-school partnership, which offers a unique opportunity to shape constructively the environmental culture of the youth. Natural History Museum (NHM) collections and exhibitions reflect a variety of ethnic heritages and suggest new ways to integrate multicultural topics into many school disciplines. NHMs can provide invaluable complementary and supplemental services to formal education and national curricula.
NHMs’ staffs (personnel) and educators will have the opportunity to discuss performance objectives and strengthen their relations in order to allow students full benefit of their experiences. In particular, digital NHMs resources will help disseminate efficiently the European environmental cultural heritage in formal education settings, utilizing the large amount of digital science education and environmental content already existing in the form of museums’ collections and digital repositories.
Participants will study the potential educational added-value of the huge amount of NHMs digital resources (typically identified via web-search engines) and make the search and retrieval of environmental (science educational) content more efficient by focusing on the quality and quantity of educational metadata associated with these resources. This training course aims, at first, to develop the skills of science education teachers and trainers as well as museum personnel, 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 course will also provide 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.
The course will include presentations and practical sessions (workshops) on WWW and educational uses for teachers and NHMs staff; the role an resources of NHMs; 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; presentation of popular social tools and scenarios for their use in the classroom; pedagogical strategies and best practices for using digital teaching & learning resources in the classroom; and hands-on session working on resources related to science.
The educators will be given the tools that will allow them to design educational pathways on digital content resources (i.e. specimens) from the collections of the NHMs (designed by the “Natural Europe” project); they will be able to select an educational pathway of interest, and then navigating through digital specimens, either within the collection of a particular museum or through different collections of various museums.
The training course comprises 15 hours of lectures and demonstrations, and 10 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 to 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 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 “Natural Europe” user group. They will be part to a community of more than 1200 science teachers who are applying inquiry based techniques in their everyday teaching.
 
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. K. Voreadou on NHMs educational resources and services.
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: Visit to Crete’s Natural History Museum. Social Tagging Tools [Demonstration, 3 hours], Issues related with NHMs and Science Education Digital Resources [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 hours].
5th DAY Workshop on Searching and Retrieving Learning Objects from NHMs Learning 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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