Project ISE: Inspiring Science Education
Inspiring Science Education, Large Scale Experimentation Scenarios to Mainstream eLearning in Science, Mathematics and Technology in Primary and Secondary Schools (ICT PSP sixth call for proposals 2012, Grant Agreement: in negotiation. 2012-2015)
Inspiring Science Education is significantly contribute to the implementation of the “Digital Agenda for Europe” and in particular Action 68 “Mainstream eLearning in national policies for the modernisation of education and training, including in curricula, assessment of learning outcomes and the professional development of teachers and trainers“, and to the wide adoption of the recommendations of the Rocard Report “A new Pedagogy for the Future of Europe”(Rocard et al., 2007), that sets the basics for the introduction of the Inquiry Based approach in the science curricula of the Member States.
The means towards this achievement is the creation of a federation of a pool of online resources which will bring together modellinig and data analysis tools, interactive simulations, educational games, VR and AR interfaces, sensors and multilogs, digital resources from research centres, science centres and museums and a significant number of eScience applications that provide access to a large set of remote laboratories, such as CERN infrastructures, the “Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope” network in Hawaii, Australia, Chile, South Africa and the continental US and the ESA GAIA mission.
Also, in order Inspiring Science Education is providing a consistent experience to students while accessing the available eLearning tools and resources and educational scenarios, authoring environments will be offered to teaches to design educational scenarios by repurposing existing eLearning tools. In this way, teachers will be able to find and exploit existing eLearning tools and resources in their educational scenarios delivered to their students.
Last, project pilots that involve teachers, students and researchers in collaborative learning activities are leading to the development of virtual learning communities which support and encourage cooperation between teachers, students and researchers. Comprehensive open learning networks where teachers can access their colleagues’ course materials, share their own and collaborate.