сряда, 19 февруари 2014 г.

Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching course

Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM Teaching

This course has been created by European Schoolnet, a network of 30 Ministries of Education around Europe, with the support of the inGenious project. This course starts on 17 March 2014!
inGenious is the European Coordinating Body in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education aiming to reinforce young people’s interest in science education and careers. If you are interested to know more please check the respective websites.
How can a teacher access online remote and virtual laboratories in order to perform experiments in the classroom?, What are the tricks and tips to organise a successful virtual visit to a research centre for your class?, How can we deal with stereotypes in science? - Those are some of the key questions we will be addressing in this course.
Have you already find a colleague to discuss the course topics? Make sure to revisit the map we’ve created for the course once in a while to see if there are any people taking the course that are close by. If you still haven’t added your location in the map ( https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=833311 ), we suggest you to do it before the course starts (you’ll find instructions on how to do it in the map itself). You can also start meeting via Twitter using #stemcourse or via our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/inGeniousScience )!
This course is open to anybody interested in STEM subjects, however, it is mainly addressed to science, engineering, technology and math teachers, career advisers and school counselors. 

The “Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM teaching” course aims to provide teachers, school counsellors and career advisers with resources and ideas to increase pupils’ interest for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and careers. The course is designed in response to the worrying disengagement of young people from STEM subjects in school, and their decreasing interest in related careers.
The course is structured into 8 modules which develop a learning path from the analysis of the reasons behind pupils’ disaffection for STEM to the development and experimentations with innovative practices to overcome it.
The first 5 modules focus on motivating and engaging students in the STEM area through different approaches such as taking part in virtual visits to research centres and the use of virtual and remote labs and other innovative tools in the classroom. The last 3 modules explore career counselling aspects, providing guidance on how to inform pupils on STEM careers prospects and to support them in their choice.
The “Innovative Practices for Engaging STEM teaching” course will last 8 weeks and will be animated by a European Schoolnet panel of experts who will contribute to it with their specific expertise and will engage participants through collaborative activities.
At the end of the course you will receive an electronic certificate of participation.
Course Modules:
Module 1 Increasing students’ engagement to study STEM: we address the reasons behind students’ demotivation regarding STEM subjects at school, and explore how to reverse the situation.
Module 2 Original teaching practices in the STEM classroom: we explore some innovative teaching practices and the opportunities and challenges they offer.
Module 3 Innovative STEM teaching - using STEM resources from across Europe: we focus on providing guidance on accessing teaching resources from educational STEM projects and how to effectively exchange resources with fellow STEM educators.
Module 4 Discovering virtual and remote labs and how to use them in the classroom: we present virtual and remote labs as innovative teaching tools for the STEM classroom.
Module 5 Exploring STEM in the real world - virtual visits to research centres: we explore some STEM passionate topics, areas and technologies currently used through virtual visits to research centres.
Module 6 Helping students to understand what STEM jobs are - career counselling: we give guidance to inform students about the STEM job market - its needs and possibilities.
Module 7 Meeting real life STEM professionals: we address the importance and impact on students of meeting real life STEM professionals, the existing programs and how schools can get involved in to set their own meetings.
Module 8 Dealing with stereotypes: we uncover the reality behind the gender issue related to STEM careers and jobs.

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