A new assessment tools addressing the 5 Digital Competences (i.e Information processing, Communication, Content creation, Safety, Problem solving) is available on the project portal.
The fourth (online) partners' meeting took place on Zoom on 15 June 2020. Ann Mutvei from Sodertorn University (SE) and Lorenzo Martellini from Pixel (IT) presented to the partners the current results related to the production of the reviews of the Competence Assessment Tools.
The selection of ICT learning objects is available in an an online interactive Database collecting the reviews of the experts. Each review starts from the ICT learning object and provide details on the entire learning pathway that makes use of the learning object.
The database of reviews of competence assessment tools is available. These tools has to be used by science teachers to identify the gaps of knowledge as far as Digital competences are concerned that prevent them in effectively use ICT based methods and teaching tools with their students.
The third (online) partners' meeting took place on Zoom on 9 March 2020. Ann Mutvei from Sodertorn University (SE) and Lorenzo Martellini from Pixel (IT) presented to the partners the current results related to the production of the literature review.
The Guidelines for School Directors and Policy Makers are available on the project portal. The aim is to outline a suggested strategy for the mainstreaming of the implementation of innovative ICT based approaches to teach Sciences at Secondary school level and to introduce them as part of the teachers’ professional qualifications through a more aware and structured mastering of Digital Competences.
Teh Guidelines for Teachers are available. The Guidelines provid methodological and operative insights to make teachers able to effectively design ICT based science teaching learning objects for their lessons.
The second meeting took place in Limerick (IE) on 19 – 20 September 2019. Ann Mutvei from Sodertorn University (SE) and Lorenzo Martellini from Pixel (IT) presented to the partners the current results related to the production of the guidelines for teachers. The meeting was also the opportunity for the partners to discuss the next activity which is the development of the toolkit for teachers.
The Literature Review is available on the project web site. It is based on:
- Introduction on literature on use of ICT in school education, the main EU and national policies on the matter and the theoretical assumptions of the project
- The analysis of at least 5 case studies per country
- At least 5 (per country) interviews with science teachers of the participating schools to on the most important obstacles in using ICT tools and related needs.
Partners interviewed science teachers in order to elicit information on the teachers’ current use of ICT tools, their success stories, problems with adoption, and their ideas for improvements. The interviews have been analysed to find common themes and issues that can be used as the basis for guidelines and improved tools.
Case studies on ICT use for teaching scientific subjects have been identified by the partners. The case studies also cover questions such as:
- What ICT equipment is available in the school? Is it for shared use, or does each teacher/each class their own setup?
- What training do the teachers get on using ICT tools?
- How is ICT use perceived by the students?
- What are the teachers’ difficulties with using ICT tools?
- What are the students’ difficulties with using ICT tools?
The project partners are currently creating the network of schools interested in promoting awareness of religions and foster a sense of mutual tolerance at school. Several schools have already been involved from project partners. Do not hesitate to contact them!
The Kick-off meeting took place in Florence on 28 – 29 November 2018. The meeting was an opportunity for the partners to get to know each other and to discuss all details related to the project's activities. The partners presented their organizations and actively participated in the Impact+ workshop conducted by the project applicant. At the end of the meeting all the partners had a clear view of the future project's implementation, the financial rules and the next activity which is the creation of guidelines for teachers, school directors and policy makers on the promotion of the use of ICT for science education.
The Fiction project has been funded, by the European Commission through the Swedish Council for Higher Education, with the aim of enhancing teachers' knowledge to teach students to use digital tools for their own understanding of science. The project is based on the assumption that digital tools in teaching have both positive and negative effects on learning. Among the positive effects, the most obvious is students’ increased commitment and motivation for their studies that increase learning results. Among the negative effects, the ones resulting when digital tools are not used by the teacher in the context of a well-reasoned pedagogy.