This Go-Lab 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.
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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.