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Scientix 8th SPWatFCL Brussels 16-18 October 2015: Amgen Teach


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Presentation of the project "Amgen Teach" by Gina Mihai, held during the 8th Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab, Brussels, 16-18 October 2015

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Scientix 8th SPWatFCL Brussels 16-18 October 2015: Amgen Teach

  1. 1. Science Projects Workshop in the FCL – 16-18 October 2015 Amgen Teach for All
  2. 2. Content • Main characteristics of the programme • Main objectives of the programme • How you can participate
  3. 3. Main characteristics of the programme
  4. 4. • 3 year duration starting from the academic year 2014-2015 • Face-to-face training activities offered in multiple languages and supporting national curricula • 3 transnational distance learning activities (DLAs) per academic year, • Teacher community of Amgen Teach teachers and training providers, and • Centralised registration and evaluation
  5. 5. Selected Training Providers COUNTRY TRAINING PROVIDER Austria Science2School Belgium Experimentarium/Culture in Vivo Czech Republic Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze France La Main à la Pâte Germany Deutsches Museum Ireland Professional Development Service for Teachers Italy Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti di Scienze Naturali Poland Warszawskie Centrum Innowacji Edukacyjno-Społecznych i Szkoleń Spain Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació Turkey TED Üniversitesi
  6. 6. Main objectives of the programme
  7. 7. Main objectives • Launched in 2014, Amgen Teach supports hundreds of science teachers each year across Europe through meaningful professional development opportunities. • Supported by a €2 million grant over a three-year period, Amgen Teach deepens student interest and achievement in science by strengthening the ability of life science secondary school teachers to use enquiry based teaching strategies in the classroom. • Amgen Teach uses training workshops and distance learning events to provide educators with the skills and confidence to transform the student experience in learning science
  8. 8. Amgen Teach Program Elements Face to Face Training Online Distance Learning Practical Work in Classroom Teachers’ Community of Practice Evaluation - Reporting •Transnational event • 3 times per academic year • Organized by EUN • Exchange of best practices via professional networks • Main program element • Based on local curriculum and language •~100 teachers per country •Application of learnings
  9. 9. How you can participate
  10. 10. •Face-to-Face training courses •DLAs •Workshops in the FCL •Teacher community online
  11. 11. Face-to-Face training courses • Training courses taking place in 10 countries • Duration: 2-3 days • Objective: to improve teachers’ ability and confidence to use IBSE methods in the classroom
  12. 12. DLAs • 3 DLAs per academic year (e.g. “Nanotechnology around us”, “Stem cells biology”, “Watermark – the anatomy of an inquiry based science project”, “Exploration of the Respiratory Activity”, “Astrobiology and Hunt for Life among the Stars”. • Short and intensive online learning sessions of 5 days duration • Day 1 – Pre live session (familiarisation) • Day 2 – Synchronous live session • Days 3 and 4 – Questions to be answered in the online community • Day 5 – session ends with discussion and participants share their experiences and relevant resources
  13. 13. Workshops in the FCL • Discover resources for promoting life science and IBSE in an interactive classroom • Discover new tools and methodologies to increase interaction in the classroom • Use a mix of media and tools in the FCL • Share experiences and exchange best practices with other teachers from other European countries
  14. 14. Teacher Community
  15. 15. Teacher Community
  16. 16. Testimonials (1) “Some parents clearly told to me that their son/daughter became interested in biology and discovered what he/she wanted to do in life thanks to my lessons or biology club. Once I explained natural selection using a simulation from a university website. Not only pupils in my class were very interested, but also students from other classes, I don’t teach to, came to see the source and in order to see other resources at home” Elżbieta Henryka Strzelec, Poland.
  17. 17. Testimonials (2) “I decided to make a clear shift towards this teaching approach, because I think that students can benefit a lot. They develop their own ways of solving a problem”. Harald Von Beringe, Austria. "Through IBSE methods students are more motivated and more effective in learning, since theory and practice are linked together”. Delia Borsum, Germany. “It has really improved my enthusiasm for teaching science”. Patricia Duffy, Ireland.
  18. 18. Testimonials (3) “Teachers are indispensable elements of education. Science education will be more meaningful if teachers improve themselves thanks to 21st century skills.” İsmail Dönmez,Turkey. “My students are the ones who benefitted more from the training. They are happy to go to school and “make science”. This had a positive impact on their relation with school in general and with me.” Anonymous, Italy.
  19. 19. That is what your colleagues say
  20. 20. Thank you Contacts: Gina Mihai – Ioanna Leontaraki – Elena Turci –