The schools’s main objective is to introduce teachers to inquiry-based science teaching techniques with the view in adopting them in the classroom practice. Participating science teachers will be immersed in the process of science-inquiry via their interaction with collections of open digital educational resources which have proven their efficiency and efficacy in promoting inquiry based-education. These resources do not impose a fixed curriculum but support the development of a model that can be customised to reflect location and culture, and thus are ideal to be used in the European context. At the same time, participants will experience a training framework that will provide a means for creating learning activities into a workflow and a vehicle for the sharing and re-use of effective lessons in schools. In addition, teachers will be trained to select appropriate ICT tools for exploration, presentation, and collaboration that suit their own needs in terms of planning, implementing and sharing pedagogical ideas. This will further empower them to create effective inquiry-based learning scenarios to use in their classrooms with their students.
Throughout the duration of the course teachers will experience inquiry strategies in three different modes: a) as learners participating in inquiry-based learning; b) as teachers implementing inquiry-based strategies in their classes; and c) as researchers collecting, examining and interpreting data about their practice and their students’ learning. The course will leverage an inquiry-based approach through hands-on sessions to experience the principles of inquiry-based learning, while introducing the basics of computational thinking; introduce learning repositories including preparing, uploading and sharing learning resources; present popular social tools and inquiry-based learning scenarios for use in the science classroom; and explore inquiry-based strategies for and best practices of using digital teaching & learning resources in the classroom.
The training course comprises about 10 hours of demonstrations and guided explorations, and about 15 hours of hands-on workshops. All sessions will be held in a multimedia laboratory where each participant will have direct access to a PC (although participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops) as needed to enhance the hands-on activities.
The summer school is organized within the context of the european project PATHWAY ("The Pathway to Inquiry Based Science Teaching").