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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
DISCOVER THE COSMOS: From Telescopes to Accelerators - Enhancing Science Education by Exploring Science’s Past, Present and Future
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 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
Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors
Other (Paid or voluntary) management staff in the institution/organisation
Other, namely: science communicators, museum educators
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)
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: the course description, program, educational materials and relevant websites prior to the start of the course, as well as guidelines for travelling. The organizers 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, history of science, current and next-generation European science initiatives in astronomy an particle cosmology. Prior to the beginning of the course, all participants will be able to familiarize themselves with both the training course topic (by accessing –via the course’s website- 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 the Discover the COSMOS (http://portal.discoverthecosmos.eu) user group. The participants will be also asked to prepare educational pathways through history-of-science content, introducing inquiry-based techniques in science teaching and making use of resources from History of Science Museums, Archives, and Science Centers. These educational pathways scenarios will be discussed in detail during the course.
The course’s objective is to enhance science education by presenting the fabric of the cosmos as was shaped by scientific evidence and explanations through 400 years of scientific advancement. The course will focus on a) 17th century’s optics instruments (i.e. telescopes and microscopes) and how these instruments have influenced the making of modern science, b) 20th century’s telescopes and accelerators, which have probed the inner an outer boundaries of the matter and the universe, and c) 21st century’s facilities such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the new generation of space telescopes, which will provide answers to the yet open sub-atomic and cosmological questions.
Participants will familiarize themselves with a large amount of digital science education content, which currently exists in history-of-science museums, archives and science centers’ collections and digital repositories. Participants will develop skills in using learning technologies in modes and settings as diverse as a history-of-science museum visit, or a virtual tour in ATLAS-CERN. The integration of the past, present and future of the scientific endeavor will impart, to the school’s science curriculum, the dynamics of a common European scientific heritage, strong enough to address the challenges of tomorrow.
The course will also strengthen its socially cohesive and Europe-wide dimension by introducing the participating teachers/trainers 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. 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 history-of-science museums to the science curriculum.
The training course will include presentations and practical sessions (workshops) on WWW and educational uses for teachers and history-of-science museums, archives, and science centers’ staff; the role and resources of museums, archives, and science centers; 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 (use of the Discover the COSMOS educational repository http://portal.discoverthecosmos.eu). 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 museums and archives; 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.
During the weeks following the training course the participants will have the opportunity to conduct 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 Discover the COSMOS (http://portal.discoverthecosmos.eu) user group. They will be part to a community that numbers 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 by Prof. George Neofotistos (University of Crete) and Dr. Sofoklis Sotiriou (Ellinogermaniki Agogi).
• Presentation of the participants.
• Keynote Talks by Prof. Ioannis Papamastorakis (on Modern Cosmology), Dr. Rosa Doran (on Galileo Teachers Training Programme), Prof. Christine Kourkoumelis (on ATLAS-CERN).


2nd DAY:
• Astronomy and Cosmology Open Science Resources: Learning Repositories, Learning Technologies and International Specifications, with emphasis on astronomy and cosmology – What is there and how Teachers can benefit from that [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 hours]
• A Primer on Current Open Issues on the Universe [Lecture, 2 Hours] The Sub-Atomic Adventure – Demonstration of Students’ Analysis Tools (HYPATIA, ATLANTIS, AMELIA) [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 hours].


3rd DAY:
• History of Science Lecture I: The 17th Century Era: Kepler, Galileo, Newton [Lecture, 2 hours], Learning Object Repositories – Tools and Services for Teachers [Lecture/Demonstration, 3 hours]
• Lecture by Dr. Rosa Doran (Galileo Teachers Training Programme) [Demonstration/Guided Exploration, 2 Hours].
• Visit to the prehistoric settlements Dimini-Sesklo

4th DAY:
• History of Science Lecture II: 400 Years Since Galileo [Lecture, 2 hours], The Future of Telescopes [Lecture, 2 hours]
• Issues related with Science Education Digital Resources [Lecture/Demonstration, 2 hours].


5th DAY:
• Toward the Moment of Creation I: The Current State of Theories and Experiments [Lecture, 2 hours],
• Toward the Moment of Creation II: CERN’s Large Hadron Collider [Lecture, 2 hours].


6th DAY:
• Getting Connected: How to Bring the Scientific Explorations to the Classroom [Lecture, 2 hours]
• Presentation of participants’ work. Evaluation of the course. Closing Session - Conclusions.


 
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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