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 most important are the ones resulting when digital tools are not used by the teacher in the context of a well-reasoned pedagogy.
The Fiction project has the aim to provide science teachers with the skills to use digital tools and strategies for teaching at secondary school level.
The main target groups of the project are:
- Policy Makers in the Field of Education
- School Teachers
- School directors
The project activities will be organized in the following phases:
Phase 1 - Guidelines on the use of ICT for science education
This phase is devoted to develop guidelines addressed to teachers, school directors and policy makers to effectively implement ICT based methodologies for teaching sciences at secondary school level.
- Phase 2 - Toolkit for innovative Science Teachers
This phase is dedicated to the creation of a set of operative tools to be used by the science teachers to make effective use of ICT based teaching methods and materials.
Phase 3 - Testing
Each of the deliverables produced has been tested with the representatives of the target groups. The testing phase allowed the collection of relevant feedbacks from the end users in order to further improve the deliverables produced and create results that are fully consistent with their needs and expectations.
Phase 4 - Multiplier events
A number of multiplier events was organized organized to disseminate the results reached, the methodology implemented and output produced in the Fiction project. The participants in the multiplier events were teachers, school directors and students.
Phase 5 - Training Activity
A training course involving 9 teachers from the partners' countries was organized by Sodertorn University in order to: promote the use of the intellectual outputs; provide the end users with the competences to exploit the full potential of ICT tools for science education.
The main project deliverables include:
- A literature review of methodologies and strategies related to the introduction of ICT support in schools for teaching sciences.
- Guidelines for School teachers, school directors and policy makers
- Competence Assessment Tools
- Reviews of ICT learning objects to motivate students to study science
- A database of Innovative Learning Objects