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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
OPEN DISCOVERY SPACE: Competence-Based Training for School Teachers
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-LLP-1-2008-1-GR-COMENIUS-CMP
GENERAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING
ICT - Information and communication technologies
Pedagogy and didactics
School improvement & quality evaluation
School management, school autonomy
Other general courses digital content, 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: Curriculum developers, educational policy makers
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
Ellinogermaniki Agogi
Dimitriou Panagea Str.
GR 15351 -
Pallini
Greece
www.ea.gr
 
Sofoklis Sotiriou
0030 210 8176797
0030 210 6032554
sotiriou@ea.gr
Eleni Chelioti
0030 210 8176790
0030 210 6032554
chelioti@ea.gr
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
Prior to the beginning of the course, all participants will be able to familiarise themselves with both the training course topic, by accessing 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. A web site (including a common web space where participants will be able to upload materials and collaborate) will be developed, providing the participants with all necessary course information such as course description, programme, educational material and relevant websites, as well as travel guidelines. The organisers will also provide the participants with recent European research reports in the fields of technology-enhanced learning and differentiated instruction. The participants will be also asked to express their particular interests and needs in resource based learning practices that can be matched with the digital repositories that will be used during the course. Based on these, they will be asked to prepare a series of educational scenarios based on pedagogy models that promote student’s thinking and metacognitive skills (e.g. inquiry-based and project-based techniques), making use of open digital educational resources from existing online repositories (such as MERLOT, LRE, Natural Europe, Organic.Edunet, OSR,TED-Ed), which will be discussed in detail during the course.
The aim of the course is to support the development of European schools’ digital culture and teachers’ digital skills, so that they are able to understand the uses and applications of digital resources in school practice, and subsequently to benefit from digital content and technology solutions covering a wide range of areas: Science, Mathematics, ICT, Social Studies, Arts and Language Studies. This is envisaged to also promote the development of students’ key competences, with particular emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. Thus, teachers will not only be familiarized with a unique collection of open digital educational resources, but they will also be trained to link them with innovative pedadogical practices, such as using real world learning activities, implementing resource based and project-based approaches. The resources to be used have demonstrated their efficacy in promoting problem-solving education and collaboration, i.e. lreforschools.eun.org, www.merlot.org, www.natural-europe.eu, www.organic-edunet.eu , http://ed.ted.com, www.osrportal.eu. These resources, although associated with a broad range of curriculum areas, do not impose a fixed curriculum but support a model that can be customised based on location and culture, as well as cross-disciplinary situations, being thus ideal to be used in the European context for differentiated instruction. Teachers will also be trained to appropriately select freely available ICT tools that suit their own needs in terms of planning, implementing and sharing pedagogical ideas, managing their classroom and organising the curriculum. This will further empower them to create effective project scenarios to use in the classroom, as well as in multiple environments such as face-to-face, online and other technology mediated learning. Such an approach is expected to enable all stakeholders to examine their own practices in the light of the best performing approaches.
Throughout the course teachers will be handled in three different modes: a) as learners participating in real world learning activities; b) as teachers implementing resource based problem-solving educational projects and collaborative strategies in their classes; and c) as researchers collecting, examining and interpreting data about their practice and their students’ learning.Participants will be provided with templates that promote project based teaching, student-centered learning, that encourage the use of strategies that demonstrated significant impact on students’ interest and active engagement. Indicative examples are: Guided Research Model, Inquiry Based Teaching, Project-based Learning, ICT supported Culture Awareness Learning (ICCAL) and the COLLAGE project approach, which they will be given the opportunity to modify according to their discipline and their students’ needs. A number of indicative portals (such as MERLOT [www.merlot.org], LRE [lreforschools.eun.org], Natural Europe [www.natural-europe.eu], Organic.Edunet [www.organic-edunet.eu], TED-Ed [http://ed.ted.com/], will be proposed to participants in order to help them develop their technology enhanced learning scenarios. The training course comprises 6 hours of presentations and demonstrations and 19 hours of hands-on workshops. 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 (participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops). Also, according to their field of expertise and particular interests, participants will have the opportunity to visit informal learning sites, such as the Skinakas Observatory, the Natural History Museum of Crete, the Knossos archaeological site and the Herakleion Archaeological Museum, where they will be introduced to innovative ways for creating links between schools, research centres and/or museums as informal learning settings.
As a follow-up to the training course, participants will have the opportunity to further apply what has been learned by producing their own educational scenarios related to their discipline (science, environmental education, astronomy, music and arts, language learning). According to the learning objects paradigm taught, they will also be asked to upload their scenarios on existing repositories or create their own learning repository. The participants will be initially welcome to systematically participate to user communities of more than 1.000 teachers of indicative successful projects promoting the development of students’ key competences, such as OSR, Natural Europe, Organic.Edunet, depending on their topics of interest and thematic areas. In a second phase participants will be asked and further supported through these communities, so as to act as change agents in their schools and forming strong networks of practitioners with similar interests. In this way, participants can collaborate with other teachers and with students and parents, share knowledge and resources and use eLearning tools.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
Day 1: Introduction and overview of the Course from Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou. Presentation of the participants. Keynote Speeches by El.Megalou (Computer Technology Institute & Press Diofantus), Prof. Demetrios G. Sampson, Univ. of Piraeus) [Lecture, 2 hrs]. Day 2: Introduction to Technology Enhanced Learning & Learning Design – How teachers can benefit/Basic Principles of classroom management and curriculum (D. Smith – BMUKK) [Lecture, 30 min.].Examples of developing technology enhanced learning designs for effective teaching (Prof. D. G. Sampson, Univ. of Piraeus) [Lecture, 30 min.] Vision Building Session (Part A) based on the scenarios/activities of the participants [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 hrs]. Vision Building Session (Part B) & hands-on educational activities [Workshop, 2 hrs]. Day 3: Metadata Practice: Searching and Retrieving Learning Objects from Learning Object Repositories. Using the portals to characterise and share digital learning content with educational metadata- IEE LOM Standard [Workshop, 2 hrs]. Visit to the Knossos archaeological site/ Herakleion Archaeological Museum or Skinakas Observatory (based on teachers’ interests): Linking schools and informal learning sites- implementing game- and inquiry-based teaching practices [3 hrs]. Day 4: Visit to the Natural History Museum of Crete. Using social tagging tools to annotate learning content [Workshop, 2 hrs].Exploitation of Web 2.0 and Social Software in learning and collaborative learning communities building [Workshop, 2 hours]. Day 5: Finalising and publishing (uploading) the educational scenarios developed in the corresponding portals or own learning repository [Workshop, 2 hrs].Assessment of developed scenarios using social tags. [Workshop, 2 hrs].The issues of Copyright [Plenary Session, 1 hr]. Day 6: Presentation of participants’ work & lesson study [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 Hours]; Conclusions, Evaluation of the Training Course [Workshop, 2 hrs]; Guidelines for follow-up activities, 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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