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Webinars of Science on Stage Georgia

Science on Stage Georgia with Science Education Research Centre SALiS started to organise a series of webinars for Georgian science teachers.

Three webinars (20.11.20, 27.11.20, 11.12.20) were already held. These events were a big success. About 40 teachers attended the first webinar on 20.11.20 and more than 110 teachers attended the third webinar on 11.12.20.

All Webinars were recorded and the materials from the webinars are available here

 

14.12.2020

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Science on Stage on the European stage

Yesterday, the European Commission held its third European Education Summit. Science on Stage was also in the middle of it. The chairperson of the board, Stefanie Schlunk, was part of the high-level panel: “How to face the COVID-19 education challenge and master the digital transition in education”.

Together with Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Antoine Kasel, Head of cabinet for Nicolas Schmitt, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Dr Simona Kustec, Slovenian Minister for Education, Science and Sport and Lina Gálvez Muñoz, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), she discussed the digital transformation in education.

In the last months, the shortcomings in this area have become clear: “We need to support teachers in their professional development in online teaching and distance learning. I know that we have great teachers in Europe with excellent ideas. That is why Science on Stage brings them together in conferences and lately in digital webinars, which we have launched right after the start of the pandemic in March. Here they teach and support each other,” Stefanie Schlunk said.

Stefanie Schlunk underlines that "teachers need exchange with each other. Exchange inspires and an exchange across borders is extremely fruitful. Also, teachers need recognition. They have been struggling over the last months and they deserve our full support."

All panellists agreed that COVID-19 is a turning point with long-lasting repercussions. Stefanie Schlunk thinks so too, but she also sees an opportunity in this situation: “Despite all the difficulties, COVID-19 also offers a chance to foster digital education. We should learn from this crisis and be prepared for the future. Integrate distance learning and online teaching in the training information for all future teachers.”

Have you missed the panel? You can watch the recording here

11.12.2020

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The Annual ASE Conference 2021 takes place virtually

The ASE's annual conference takes place online from 6th to 9th January 2021! And Science on Stage Europe is right in the middle of it all.

There will be a great hour-long session on Science on Stage on 9th January at 08:30. 

Under the titel "Putting Science On Stage Centre Stage" Kulvinder Johal and Stuart Farmer, who are both members of the UK’s National Steering Committee, will present great teaching ideas from recent international Science on Stage festivals.

They will also talk about the benefits of taking part in Science on Stage events in the future. The target audience are primary and secondary teachers alike.

Tickets can be booked via: https://www.ase.org.uk/events/ase-annual-conference-2021-online-in-january

30.11.2020

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Teaching astronomy at home

We have asked the teachers of our network to submit their best teaching examples for STEM classes. And they've delivered. Here educators from Ireland, Turkey and Bulgaria show us how they teach astronomy when students cannot be in the classroom.

In the first project, students work on their project partly in class and partly at home.

“All students receive a project description where their tasks are described. The teacher's focus was on the student engagement in class and then this was supported with digital research carried out at home. With guidance and encouragement from teachers, students can produce amazing work. We as teachers can guide but a lot of the work can be individual and at home. Giving the student ownership of their work and in this, there is a great pride. Students' work presented varied from 3D posters, information posters, powerpoints, handmade models. Work was displayed and presented by the individual for all other first years to see.
As a teacher, our biggest challenge is feeling the constraints of a curriculum when we need to allow time and the freedom for the students to explore different methods of presenting projects. This we need to change!! As a group of teachers next year we will have more projects on display for students prior to the project to give them ideas and allow them to explore and remind the students that it doesn’t matter which project method they choose. Also, inform students that their work will be displayed, this to us increases the value of the piece of work for the students.

We have also now built in time for project work into our scheme of work.”
Sinead Kelly, St. Oliver’s’ Community College, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Ireland

  

What teachers can do when students are at home fulltime, shows the next project.

“My students and parents needed motivation before class. By giving them all virtual museum links and magazine links, I made lists of movies and books that they can watch in this process. We held film and book evaluation meetings on Zoom.

I talked to an astronomer from the Istanbul Science Center and invited them to my classes through the Zoom platform. It had been a different experience for the students.

I have been a science teacher for 25 years. I am aware that science lessons cannot be without experimentation. We started our experiments on Zoom. First, we designed our own spacecraft and made models of plant and animal cells. We conducted experiments describing solid, liquid and gas pressure. Both I and my students were doing experiments with the materials at home in accordance with our science curriculum, and we still do.

The biggest problem I faced during this process was the weak internet infrastructure in our country and the lack of access to the internet for some families. For economic reasons, some students didn't even have internet at their homes.”

Burçin Taşkesen, Türdü 100th year secondary school, Muğla, Turkey

The last project is not about school teaching but organizing and conducting an extracurricular activity.

“Such activities were almost completely stopped during Covid-19 quarantine and were more difficult to do, mainly because their participants were not located in a single school, but all over the country. But nevertheless, pupils really needed to be involved in events that sustained their personal interest. This was a traditional event, which was held online for the first time and managed to realize all its components like, lectures, workshops, modeling, presentation on the use of various online resources, remote telescopes, and mobile applications for working with students. Even an online observation session was organized.  The activity helped the participating teachers to organize better their online teaching since they had to do the digital transition in only 3 days.  

For more information on the event and some pictures you can look at:
http://upb.phys.uni-sofia.bg/projects/phforall/events/Astroparty_en.html

Ivo Jokin, Baikal village, Dolna Mitropolia region, Bulgaria

30.11.2020

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