The GEOTHNK Summer School 2016 is specifically designed for teaching professionals in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and will equip teachers with the skills and competencies needed to develop lessons while integrating aspects of geospatial thinking into their teaching.

The overall goal of the course is therefore twofold:

  1. to acquaint participants with the significance and opportunities of Inquiry Based Science Education, with a special focus on “Geospatial thinking”;
  2. to enable teachers to successfully find, develop and apply the innovative, ICT based tools and teaching techniques that will help them create attractive science lessons and thus foster the interest of their students in science topics.

Consequently, the specific objectives of the course are:

  • Introducing STEM teachers to the concepts and skills of inquiry learning-design and demonstrating its various applications in inquiry-based learning activities in the science classroom taking into account different teaching and learning styles;
  • Familiarizing participants with the on-line resources and educational digital repositories;
  • Training teachers ICT skills in the use and application of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) tools and in preparing, uploading and sharing digital learning resources and activities;
  • Commonly developing learning scenarios and resources in STEM education, focusing especially on topics related to Geospatial thinking;
  • Introducing participants to the innovative concept “Big Ideas of Science” as means of building multidisciplinary activities and to strategies on how to embody and deploy it into the curriculum and their everyday science teaching practice;
  • Fostering a creative and inspired working atmosphere as well as a culture of collaboration among teachers of different science disciplines in organizing multidisciplinary activities to commonly develop ideas for Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships;
  • Acquainting participants with the potential of popular social media tools, science outreach websites and teachers’ communities.
  • Familiarizing participants with the concept of Universal learning design (UDL) and the application of the UDL framework and eLearning resources in the development of multidisciplinary lesson plans;
  • Introducing the participants to the importance of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and learning about successful RRI practices in education as well as the digital RRI toolkit.

Overall, the course has a significant and important European dimension: Participants from all over Europe will become part of an active and growing community of practice to exchange and share ideas, experiences, concerns and educational resources with fellow teachers across Europe and introduce them to IBSE, on-line learning repositories, portals and educational metadata.

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