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This is a presentation I gave at the EDEN 2012 Conference in Porto, Portugal about the project GLOBAL excursion and how we use participatory design methods in the project. GLOBAL excursion aims to improve science teaching in schools for 14-18 year old students.

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  1. 1. Linking schools with science: How innovative tools can increase the effectiveness of science teaching in the classroom Barbara Kieslinger Centre for Social Innovation – ZSI Vienna, Austriahttp://www.globalexcursion-project.eu/ GLOBAL Excursion RI-283686
  2. 2. European Commission 2007In recent years, many studieshave highlighted an alarmingdecline in young people’sinterest for key sciencestudies and mathematics….… Unless more effectiveaction is taken, Europe’slonger term capacity toinnovate, and the quality ofits research will also decline.
  3. 3. GLOBAL excursion …to provide young citizens (14-18 years) and their educators access to e- Infrastructures and expert knowledge for a joyful exploration of e-Science through e-Infrastructure To create teaching use cases, pedagogical & technical artefacts To improve science curricula
  4. 4. Main access point – Virtual Science Hub (ViSH) http://vishub.org
  5. 5. Access to virtual excursions andinfrastructure
  6. 6. What are virtual excursions?a tour through some digital contextby teachers and pupils on a givenscientific topic that is attractiveand has an educational purpose.2 types of virtual excursions:Interactive & synchronous: teachers and pupils interactdirectly with scientists and with other pupils and teachersfrom other schools.Asynchronous: it can be accessed at any time. It providesaccess to infrastructure and scientific educational content.
  7. 7. Participatory Design Approach abstract abstract CURRENT teachers present existing science BASIS work content and tools concrete concrete Participatory Design process abstract abstract NEW Virtual Excurion teachers future Hub & virtualDEVELOPMENT work excursions concrete concrete
  8. 8. The extended partnershipActive involvement of scientists, designers, developers and teachersfrom across Europe!
  9. 9. Participation process Prototypes
  10. 10. Important findingsI  Flexible small content units in controlled environment  Live connections with scientists  Support of different didactical concepts  Multiple device access (mobile!)  Support experience exchange amongst teachers  Drop gaming approach
  11. 11. Facts & Figures Partnership Duration: 30 months (September  Zentrum für Soziale Innovation - 2011 – February 2014) ZSI, Austria Budget: 800.000 €  Universidad Politécnica de Contract number: 283686 Madrid, Spain Funding Programme: 7th  European Schoolnet EUN, Framework Programme of the Belgium European Union, Capacities,  Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain Research Infrastructures  University of Cambridge, UK  Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary  Agora Systems, Spain
  12. 12. Thank you!Barbara Kieslinger Claudia M. Fabian Margit Hofer Teresa Holocher Centre for Social Innovation - ZSI Linke Wienzeile 246, 1st Floor 1150 Vienna, Austria phone: +43-1-495 04 42 – 31 fax: +43-1-495 04 42 – 40 mail: kieslinger@zsi.at http://www.zsi.at