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 educators will be given the tools that will allow them to design inquiry-based educational pathways using digital content resources from digital repositories and collections of science museums and centres; they will be able to select an educational pathway of interest, navigating through digital resources, either within a specific collection or repository or through different ones. The training course comprises 10 hours of demonstrations and guided explorations, and 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. A visit to the Skinakas Observatory and to the Natural History Museum of Crete will introduce participants to innovative ways for creating links between schools, research centres and informal learning settings.