The Go-Lab Summer School is specifically designed for teaching professionals in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). It will introduce to teachers the use of online virtual experimentations and remote laboratories as well as inquiry-based science teaching techniques in order to develop, improve and enhance their teaching skills and practices.
The overall goal of the course is twofold:
1. to acquaint participants with the significance and opportunities of inquiry-based science teaching through the use of virtual online and remote labs in STEM education;
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.
Learn how to use and embody online virtual and remote labs in your teaching and curriculum!
Virtual 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 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 Go-Lab on-line labs portal and educational digital repositories;
- Develop teachers ICT skills through the use and application of the Go-Lab tools and services.
- Engage participants in preparing, uploading and sharing digital learning resources and activities using the Go-Lab 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;
- Acquainting participants with the potential of popular social media tools, science outreach websites and teachers’ communities.
- 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 on-line learning repositories, portals and educational metadata.