SciFUN Report with collection of Best Practices for making learning science education fun (Output 2)
This Transnational Report was elaborated in the framework of the SciFUN project. It represents the second intellectual output, “O2: Collection of Best Practices”. Its main objective is to provide analytical information regarding European best practices in science teaching and learning and introduce an array of digital tools of making science fun and engaging. Tools that have been covered through the research performed for achieving this report, include: mobile devices, tablet computers, interactive comics, digital storytelling, social media and games.
The results of the Output 2 will be incorporated in the “Making Learning Science Fun” toolkit and will also play an important role in the design of the SciFUN educational activities and development of teacher-training modules.
2nd Project Meeting in Athens
The 2nd SciFUN partners meeting has taken place in Athens, Greece, on the 10th and 11th of October 2016 at the premises of Higgs Educational Institution. Partners discussed about the “O5: Sample Cross-Curricular Units” and the“O6: Making Learning Science Fun toolkit”. A major part of the meeting was devoted to the curriculum mapping and the designing of Units. UPIT also presented an outline of the SciFUN toolkit. Another topic that was raised, concerned the Curricula for Teachers Professional Development, for which the University of Peloponnese will design the Curriculum and Training Materials. During the meeting, the Consortium had a thorough review of a variety of management aspects of the project, key roles and responsibilities. The following partners meeting was also planned to take place in Poland during the first weeks of May 2017.
Guidelines and ideas for designing learning activities (Output 3)
The aim of this Output, which was completed on the 31st October 2016, was to design some learning activities on enhancing: students’ intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and achievement in science education, their competence and efficacy beliefs; and their social interaction and motivation. The results of O3 will be used in order to design a chapter of the SciFUN toolkit. Within the framework of O3, some of the focus group discussions that have taken place are the following:
Focus Group in Ireland
A Focus Group of stakeholders, educators and teachers, who are connected with science education met at the premises of LMETB, Ireland. The purpose of the discussion was to identify the specific needs of students and educators on how to make science learning fun, more attractive and interesting, and how to better motivate and engage students. Following the focus group discussion, LMETB felt that science still has an image of neediness.
Focus Group in Poland
An important part of the SciFUN project is the preparation of the Toolkit, which should be really helpful for teachers. For this reason, a focus group discussion has been carried out by the University of Lodz in Poland. During a constructive discussion, teachers evaluated the literature review and teaching activities, which were prepared by the consortium of the SciFun project. The teachers stressed the value of performing outdoor activities with students and involving them in practical processes. Every aspect of real, local, personal (for pupils) contexts was emphasized as highly valuable, in all disciplines. Inquiry-based learning enriched with ICT tools was also emphasized by the focus group participants.
Recommendations for utilizing comics, mobile devices, digital storytelling, and social media (Output 4)
The project partners have performed research activities by reviewing specific literature resources and by selecting the most relevant programs and projects that have successfully used comics, mobile devices, digital storytelling, and social media for the elaboration of the recommendations. The Transnational Report has been completed in late December 2016 and included the recommendations of all partner countries. This report will be used in order to provide guidelines for the creation of the SciFUN toolkit.
SciFUN was disseminated at the 9th Innovative Learning Environments conference 2016 (Cyprus)
INNOVADE and CARDET participated in the 9th Innovative Learning Environments conference that took place on the 14th October 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus. INNOVADE in collaboration with CARDET, disseminated information on their European-funded projects, including the SciFUN project. The SciFUN flyers were presented in Greek and English to educators and social stakeholders’. The Innovative Learning Environment conference (ILE) is one of the largest national education conferences for teachers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. The conference was organized by CARDET, INNOVADE, the Yale School of Public Health, the Cyprus Ministry of Health, the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, with the support of the UNESCO chair of the University of Nicosia.
SciFUN was disseminated at the 22nd Conference of Physics Teachers (Poland)
Every two years, Polish educators who teach Physics, are traveling from many places to meet during the Autumn School – Problems of Physics Didactics. This conference is organized by the University of Wroclaw and the Centre of Teachers Education, while it has a long tradition. It used to bring together many scientists, teachers, academics and policy makers from Poland and make them discuss about the current scientific problems, which constitute a very important matter of physics education. Among the education projects presented at the conference, SciFUN have also been presented and gained good impressions from the audience. Teachers were interested to implement and make good use of the SciFUN toolkit soon. It was also agreed that during the next conference, the SciFUN results will be presented. We are all looking forward to keep this promise.
SciFUN was disseminated at the 9th Hellenic Conference of History, Philosophy of Science and Science Teaching (Greece)
The SciFUN Leaflet was handed out for dissemination purposes during the 9th Hellenic Conference of History, Philosophy of Science and Science Teaching. The Conference was held from the 11th to the 13th of November 2016, in Marasleio Didaskalio, in Athens, Greece. More than 150 educators and stakeholders attended the conference in order to discuss about how science teaching can be improved in Greek schools and present the latest developments in the respective fields. The educators showed a great interest in the SciFUN project.