The overall aim of the Go-Lab Summer School is to support the modernization of science education and training, including in school curricula, assessment of learning outcomes and the professional development of teachers and trainers. The concept is based on the need identified in the Rocard Report "A new Pedagogy for the Future of Europe" (Rocard et al., 2007), that sets the basics for the introduction of the Inquiry Based Learning approaches in the science curricula of the Member States.
This year, we are offering a Go-Lab Summer School for those with no or little experience in how to use Go-Lab, but are also able to address the interest and learning needs of those that are already familiar with the Ecosystem and have already worked with Go-Lab in the classroom.
The main objective of the course is to introduce teachers to the use of online laboratories as well as inquiry-based science teaching techniques to help course participants to develop, improve and enhance their teaching skills and practices. The Go-Lab tools and techniques will facilitate teacher to engage students into science topics, in order to acquire scientific inquiry skills and experience the culture of doing science, under motivating circumstances, by undertaking active, guided, experimentation, carried out in renown scientific facilities and research centers.
The course will include presentations followed by practical sessions and workshops focusing on:
- Concepts and skills of learning-design, inquiry processes and multidisciplinary teaching
- Preparing, uploading and sharing digital learning resources and activities
- Inquiry-based learning activities for use in the science classroom
- Familiarization with online labs and the educational resources of Golabz
- Introduction to 21st Century Skills and the Go-Lab learning analytic tools
- Hands-on sessions working on online labs and resources related to science.
The repertoire of online labs, experiments and best practices, and the educational tools that will be presented in combination with the hands-on activities will facilitate the participants in learning how to deploy and integrate them in their school environment and everyday science teaching practice and also how to contribute their own work into educational repositories and share it within a European community of practice.
Participation in this course can be funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 1, Mobility project for school education staff). See "Fees & Funding" for further assistance and guidelines on how to apply for an Erasmus+ KA1 grant.
The Go-Lab 2020 Summer School is specifically designed for teaching professionals in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with no or only little prior knowledge of Go-Lab. It will introduce to teachers the use of online labs and experimentations as well as inquiry-based science teaching techniques to develop, improve and enhance their teaching skills and practices.
The overall goal of this school is twofold:
- to familiarize participants with the significance and opportunities of inquiry-based science education through the use of online and remote labs in STEM classrooms;
- to enable teachers to successfully find, work with and apply the innovative, ICT based tools of the Go-Lab Ecosystem that will help them create attractive science lessons and foster the interest of their students in science topics.
Learn how to use and embody online and remote labs in your teaching and lesson plans!
Virtual or online labs are a great way to support the development of students’ inquiry skills and help them gain initial scientific experience. Students that have been exposed to the culture of doing science by undertaking interactive, guided experimentation, carried out in renowned scientific facilities and research centers, are more likely to develop a long-lasting motivation and interested in science topics.
Consequently, the specific objectives of the summer school are:
- Introducing STEM teachers (of both primary and secondary education) 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 Go-Lab portal and existing educational resources;
- Develop teacher’s ICT skills through the use and application of the Go-lab 2018 tools and services.
- Engage participants in preparing, uploading and sharing digital learning resources and activities using the Go-Lab 2018 authoring environment and online labs;
- Introducing participants to the innovative concept “Big Ideas of Science” as means of building multidisciplinary science activities related to the science curriculum;
- Foster the culture of collaboration among teachers of different science disciplines in organizing multidisciplinary activities;
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 on-line learning repositories, portals and educational metadata.
The Go-Lab Summer School is designed to be highly engaging and interactive course. Participating teachers will work in small groups and thus be able to collaborate with teachers from other countries, discuss ideas and exchange experiences to create a group activity which will encompass all the features of a successful inquiry-based multidisciplinary science activity.
The course will last for 6 days, consisting in total of at least 25 hours of workshop-based training, such as presentations followed by hands-on sessions (10 hours of lectures and demonstrations, 15 hours of hands-on workshops). Throughout the duration of the course teachers will participate in inquiry activities from two different points of view:
- as learners performing inquiry-based experimentations using on-line labs and supportive applications,
- as teachers implementing inquiry-based scenarios connected to online labs & experiments.
Therefore, special sessions are dedicated to showcase and practice how to collaboratively experience and use the innovative tools and Go-Lab Ecosystem, as well as how to design inquiry-based multidisciplinary educational activities using educational material from digital repositories and collections of on-line labs. Participants will learn how to set up and work in learning spaces that can be personalized, how to navigate through digital resources and on-line labs, and how to browse through existing educational scenarios and work on them.
One important aspect of the training activities is the collected feedback and the common discussion among participants. We will provide a platform to exchange ideas sand talk in detail about the requirements with respect to various aspects of the tools shown in order to facilitate their further development, maximise their efficiency and enhance the adaptation potential.
Go-Lab Summer School participants are asked to browse and familiarize themselves with the Go-Lab Ecosystem (especially www.golabz.eu
). To ensure the proper preparation for the training course a common space in Graasp will be created to act as a main hub of communication and for sharing and distributing preparatory material with the participants.
Through this space the participants will have access to all materials necessary for their preparation (suggested reading, relevant websites, guidelines etc) and a common workspace for uploading and downloading educational materials and the workshop presentations. Moreover, all the information regarding the training course such as the course description, the daily programme, travelling and accommodation guidelines will also be accessible through the website.
Participants will be asked to familiarize themselves with the training topics as well as the course methodology by accessing the relevant resources, materials and tools. Based on their interests they will be invited to participate into one of the working groups each of which will have a different main topic of focus.
To prepare for the training course participants should ideally:
- Familiarize themselves with www.golabz.eu and www.graasp.eu
- Read the materials provided and uploaded to the Graasp Summer School space
- Choose at least one online lab (https://www.golabz.eu/labs) they would be interested to use in their classroom
- Develop a simple educational (inquiry based) activity which they would like to test with the use of the online lab(s) chosen
A few weeks before the summer school, an online questionnaire will be circulated in order to assess the knowledge, experience and interest of and with the Go-Lab Ecosystem. This will help to shape and adjust the workshop to the expectations and prior knowledge of the participants.
Follow-up, Recognition and Evaluation
At the end of the course, following the presentation of their work on the last day of the course, participants will receive a training certificate that confirms the successful completion of the course and its objectives.
As members of the Go-Lab community of science teachers, Summer Schools participants will have access to support provided by the Go-Lab team, and they will be able to communicate with other science teachers in European countries, who have a common interest, share their ideas and experience and collaborate in joint activities. Furthermore, all participants will be asked to make use of the activities they worked on during the summer school and share their work via the Graasp space and the Go-Lab community of science teachers.
The summer school alumni will also become Go-Lab Ambassadors and they will be given the support to become Go-Lab trainers in their school or local community themselves, having access to the project's tutoring support. Teachers will be able to organize their own workshops and be able to further disseminate their work and inspire more teachers to use their activities and the Go-Lab tools and services.
Additionally, participants will be asked to answer a follow-up questionnaire. The results of the questionnaires/survey will enable the summer school team to evaluate the effectiveness of the course.