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# Augusto chioccariello tool kit

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• UniSchooLabs Tool-kit Augusto Chioccariello
• The UniSchooLabs project UniSchooLabs aims to improve the quality of science education in Europe. The pedagogical approach is based upon inquiry learning, both in real and in virtual settings.Augusto Chioccariello
• How do you measure mass? • “HOW much does a kilogram weigh these days?” may sound an odd question. Does a kilogram not weigh just that, a kilogram? • Metrologists will soon try to redefine the scientific world’s unit of mass (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures - BIPM)Augusto Chioccariello
• inquiry We define inquiry as the intentional process of diagnosing problems, critiquing experiments, and distinguishing alternatives, planning investigations, researching conjectures, searching for information, constructing models, debating with peers, and forming coherent arguments. In science inquiry projects, students communicate about scientific topics, evaluate scientific texts, conduct investigations, ask questions about science or technology policies, create design, and critique arguments, often using technology resources.Augusto Chioccariello
• UniSchooLabs tool-kit The UniSchooLabs tool-kit supports the teacher in selecting a remote or virtual lab and developing a lab activity based on an inquiry model template.Augusto Chioccariello
• Predict Observe Explain The simplest template for structuring a lab activity is the Predict-Observe-Explain pattern. Students are first asked to predict what they would expect to happen in a given situation and to write this down, then to carry out some observations, and finally to explain what they have observed (which may or may not be what they predicted).Augusto Chioccariello
• Which of the two balls will reach the finish first?Augusto Chioccariello
• • At point A, both balls arrive at the same moment and with the same speed. • The slope from A to B accelerates number 2 and it therefore reaches point B before number 1. • The two balls have the same speed at point C. • Number 2 rolls faster than number 1 over the entire stretch from A to C.Augusto Chioccariello
• Tool-kit components• Remote/Virtual labs’ catalogue• Good practices• Lab activity editor
• Remote/Virtual labs’ catalogue • Since we have a growing number of remote and virtual laboratories being developed, there should be support for the teacher to quickly browse the available labs and select the one that matches the teacher’s course. • Once the lab has been selected, the teacher needs to allocate learning material for its classroom use.
• Lab activity editor • The research on the use of laboratories in science education highlights several problems and recommends that the lab should involve both hands-on investigation and minds-on reflection, while providing scaffolding for the making of connections between the domain of objects and that of ideas. • The editor for the lab activity is based on a model for inquiry based science education.