14.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

2013 Open Discovery Space Summer school (deadline for applications: 16 January 2013)

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The Open Discovery Space Summer School entitled “Competence-Based Training for school Teachers” to take place in Crete, Greece, from 30 June up through 5 July 2013 is organized by Ellinogermaniki Agogi and hosted by the University of Crete. The deadline for applications is 16 January 2013.

The aim of this year’s edition of the summer school course is to support the development of European schools’ digital culture and teachers’ digital skills, so that they are able to understand the uses and applications of digital resources in school practice, and subsequently to benefit from digital content and technology solutions covering a wide range of areas: Science, Mathematics, ICT, Social Studies, Arts and Language Studies. This is envisaged to also promote the development of students’ key competences, with particular emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. Thus, teachers will not only be familiarized with a unique collection of open digital educational resources, but they will also be trained to link them with innovative pedagogical practices, such as using real world learning activities, implementing resource based and project-based approaches. Teachers will also be trained to appropriately select freely available ICT tools that suit their own needs in terms of planning, implementing and sharing pedagogical ideas, managing their classroom and organizing the curriculum. The training course comprises 6 hours of presentations and demonstrations and 19 hours of hands-on workshops.  

According to their field of expertise and particular interests, participants will have the opportunity to visit informal learning sites - such as the Skinakas Observatory, the Natural History Museum of Crete, the Knossos archaeological site and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, where they will be introduced to innovative ways for creating links between schools, research centers and/or museums as informal learning settings.

Participation in this event is funded by the European Commission through the Comenius programme. Interested teachers or trainers can contact their relevant National Agency. The list of eligible countries and the contact details of the National Agencies can be found here

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), is associated with the Open Discovery Space (ODS) project, funded by the European Commission under the CIP ICT-PSP call 5, and kicked off in Athens in April 2012, resulting of the collaboration between 51 organizations from 23 countries, with the aim to create a socially-powered, multilingual open learning infrastructure to boost the adaptation of eLearning Resources in Europe.

Detailed course information: http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/

Contact : Eleni Chelioti at chelioti(at)ea.gr

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