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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 COMENIUS GRANT (SCHOOL EDUCATION)

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 Repositories, social tagging, metadata, reuse
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 394301
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 prior to the start of the course, such as: course description, programme, educational material and relevant websites, and travel guidelines. The organisers will provide the participants with recent European research reports in the field of formal and informal science education and technology-enhanced learning. Prior to the beginning of the course the participants will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with both the training course topic and the course methodology (by getting access to the course structure and tools). The participants will be invited to participate in the Open Science Resources user group. The participants will also be asked to prepare a number of scenarios based on introducing inquiry-based techniques in science teaching, 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 resources belonging to 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 lack the time to investigate the potential educational added value of the huge amount of digital content typically returned by web search engines. In order to make the search and retrieval of science educational content more efficient, the quality and quantity of educational metadata associated with these resources plays an important role. The most widely 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 educational metadata in modes and settings as diverse as a physical museum visit, a virtual tour, or web surfing, and, then, familiarise participants with the issues related to the application of metadata and other content enhancement techniques to technology-enhanced science education. The training course will provide European science education teachers/trainers with an introduction to educational metadata, social tagging, and learning object repositories, as well as with hands-on experiences with practical approaches and tools that are commonly used to support the learning object paradigm. Further, the course will focus on issues connected with the application of the learning object paradigm in technology-enhanced science education, such as the description of science-curriculum-related characteristics of digital resources. In this way, the training course is anticipated to facilitate European teachers and trainers in finding ways which will allow for the integration of the educational resources of science centres and museums into the science curriculum.
A large amount of digital science education content already exists in the form of resources belonging to 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 lack the time to investigate the potential educational added value of the huge amount of digital content typically returned by web search engines. In order to make the search and retrieval of science educational content more efficient, the quality and quantity of educational metadata associated with these resources plays an important role. The most widely 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 educational metadata in modes and settings as diverse as a physical museum visit, a virtual tour, or web surfing, and, then, familiarise participants with the issues related to the application of metadata and other content enhancement techniques to technology-enhanced science education. The training course will provide European science education teachers/trainers with an introduction to educational metadata, social tagging, and learning object repositories, as well as with hands-on experiences with practical approaches and tools that are commonly used to support the learning object paradigm. Further, the course will focus on issues connected with the application of the learning object paradigm in technology-enhanced science education, such as the description of science-curriculum-related characteristics of digital resources. In this way, the training course is anticipated to facilitate European teachers and trainers in finding ways which will allow for the integration of the educational resources of science centres and museums into the science curriculum.
In the weeks following the training course, the participants will have the opportunity to apply further what they have learnt by conducting specially designed mini-projects, in which they will produce educational resources in accordance with the learning object paradigm and share them with a teachers’ community focused on best science education practice. The participants will be invited to participate systematically in the OSR and COSMOS user groups. In this way, they will be part in a community that currently numbers more than 1200 science teachers who apply inquiry-based techniques in their everyday teaching. The training team will provide participants with all the necessary guidelines and support, to implement the proposed approaches in their classrooms.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
1st DAY:
Introduction and overview of the course by Prof. George Neofotistos (University of Crete) and Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou (Ellinogermaniki Agogi). Participants’ presentation. Keynote Talks by Sherry Hsi (Exploratorium, USA) and Prof. Kostas Gavroglu, (University of Athens) [Lecture, 2 hours].
2nd DAY:
Introduction to learning technologies, learning object repositories, annotation of educational resources and relevant international specifications – How teachers can benefit [Lecture, 2 hours]. Examples of characterising digital science learning content with educational metadata according to the IEEE LOM Standard [Lecture / Demonstration, 2 Hours].
3rd DAY:
Metadata practice: Using the OSR portal to characterise and share digital science learning content [Workshop, 3 hours]. Hands-on immersion in good practices of educationally enhancing science centre digital resources, realised by the SCeTGo project [Workshop, 2 Hours]. Visit to the SKINAKAS Observatory (observations by the participants).
4th DAY:
Visit to the Natural History Museum of Crete: Using social tagging tools to annotate science learning content [Workshop, 3 hours]. Examples of developing technology-enhanced science learning designs [Lecture / Demonstration, 1 Hour].
5th DAY:
Learning designs practice: Using the OSR portal to author educational pathways [Workshop, 3 hours]. Learning designs practice: Finalising and publishing (uploading) participants’ educational pathways in the OSR portal [Workshop, 3 hours].
6th DAY:
Participants’ final presentations and reflections [Lecture / Demonstration, 2 hours].
Conclusions – Evaluation of the training course – Guidelines for follow-up activities [Workshop, 2 hours]. Closure.

 
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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