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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
EU-HOU: Hands-On Universe, Europe. Bringing frontline interactive astronomy in the classroom.
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. : 141928-LLP-1-2008-1-FR-COMENIUS-CMP/2008-3371
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCES
Maths, chemistry & physics
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English
SCHOOL AND PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
General secondary
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Teacher trainers
Inspectors
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
4, Place Jussieu
75252 Cedex 05 -
Paris
France
www.upmc.fr
 
Anne-Laure Melchior
33/1/40512061
33/1/40512002
training@euhou.net
Gilles Chagnon
33/1/44276011
33/1/53104330
Gilles.Chagnon@upmc.fr
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
The teachers are encouraged to visit the Web site of the project (http://www.euhou.net) where news and pedagogical ressources are available. Teachers should be able to communicate in English on scientific topics.
Successful applicants are asked to perform an exercise entitled "Colour Imaging with SalsaJ" prior to their attendance and to send us a short report on this pre-departure work.
An on-line questionnaire will be sent to the successful applicants in order to monitor the impact of the training.
The main goal of this training is to re-awake the interest for science in the young generation with inquiry-based methods. Renewing of the teaching of science is fulfilled through astronomy as a well-established source of motivation, and through the use of new ICT. Involving teachers in a variety of research-based astronomical projects, we will excite, enthuse and motivate them to teach science/technology/maths. The training is intended to enhance basic competencies of teachers and develop higher level skills and expertise, primarily in ICT, maths and physics area. The EU-HOU project will provide the opportunity for trained teachers to get involved in stimulating international collaborations and to enthuse their pupils to study sciences/technology/maths at a higher level. The training is designed to provide tools to help teachers to challenge and inspire pupils in order to keep science in the heart of society to avoid a regress to barbarism. The idea is to enable pupils to analyse and measure by themselves astronomical data designed to make them understand basic and scientific concepts, learn the scientific method and acquire key skills for thinking by themselves and actively participate in a sustainable economy.
Lectures will be proposed to provide an overview of selected topics in astronomy.
Access to state-of-the-art technology such as robotic telescopes and « virtual observatory » databases and software will be emphasized, ensuring strong ICT links for the training. Practical sessions will thus be organised (e.g. on-line observations in the optical and in radio, building a spectroscope, mounting a galileoscope...). A special emphasis on interactive learning will be proposed, including kinesthetic activities. These activities will be easily repeated in classroom after the training. Cross-curricular ICT exercises based on astronomical data and (multilingual) data-analysis software (SalsaJ) will be presented in a computer room. These exercises have been tested in secondary schools of the various partner countries of the project and are designed to be introduced in classrooms. Collaborative work will be proposed all along the session.
Educational materials and supporting information available on the Web site (in English and adapted in different languages) will be presented, as well as connected details to the forum to join the EU-HOU teachers network. These ressources have been developped by the EU-HOU project (http://www.euhou.net; funded by the European Commission
510308-LLP-2010-1-FR-COMENIUS-CMP / 2012-4028;
141928-LLP-1-2008-1-FR-COMENIUS-CMP / 2008-3371; 113969-CP-1-2004-1-FR-MINERVA-M).
"Social events" (dinner, night observations...) will be organised to favour possible future collaborative work.
Contacts with the trainers will be encouraged. The teachers will be shown how to register on the EU-HOU Web2 facilities to join the EU-HOU network of teachers. Interested teachers will then be offered an access to remotely controled telescopes (depending on current availabilities), or to contribute to the development of new ressources in interaction with researchers. Collaborative works between different European schools will be encouraged, including proposals of Comenius school partnerships.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
Monday
9h00 - 10h30 Current challenge in Astronomy: General Introduction
10h30- 11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h30 Practical sessions: Mounting galileoscopes
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break
14h00-16h00 ITC exercise with SalsaJ: Introductionary activity
16h00-17h00 Presentation of remote on-line observations with robotic telescopes

Tuesday
9h00 - 10h30 Current challenge in Astronomy: Spectroscopy
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00 - 12h30 Practical sessions: On-line remote observations on robotic telescopes & collaborative projects
12h30 -14h00 Lunch Break
14h00 -17h ITC exercise with SalsaJ: Measuring distances in the Universe: Supernovae Ia, Cepheids

Wednesday
9h00 - 10h30 Current challenge in Astronomy: Cosmology and black holes
10h30- 11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h30 Practical sessions: On-line remote observations on robotic telescopes & collaborative projects
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break
14h00-16h ITC exercise with SalsaJ: Dark matter and rotation curves of galaxies
16h00-17h00 Practical session: On-line remote observations on robotic telescopes & collaborative work

Thursday
9h00-10h00 Study of the Hydrogen of the Milky Way
10h00-10h30 Practical session: On-line radio-observations
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00 - 12h30 Practical session: Analysis of radio observations
12h30 - 14h00 Lunch Break
14h00 - 14h30 Introduction to interactive learning
14h30 - 16h00 ITC exercise with SalsaJ: craters and impacts in the Solar System
16h00 - 16h30 Collaborative work
16h30 - 17h00 Presentation of EU-HOU and Discover the Cosmos projects

Friday
9h00 - 10h30 Current challenge in Astronomy: Extra-solar planets
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00-11h30 Practical sessions: Registration on EU-HOU forum, introduction to EU-HOU Web site/On-line observations
11h30-12h30 ITC exercise with SalsaJ: detection of extrasolar planets (transit method)
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break
14h00-16h00 ITC exercise with SalsaJ: detection of extrasolar planets (radial velocities)
16h00-17h00 Training evaluation
 
TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
- Europass Mobility certificate - Certificate of attendance - GTTP certificate
 
- Europass Mobility certificate - Certificate of attendance - GTTP certificate
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