As a result of our research and projects, we produced a series of outputs, resources and educational materials.
In the context of the ENGAGE project, a series of 31 materials and pedagogical tools were designed to help teachers address contemporary science issues and applications relevant to students. These “science in the news” and open curriculum materials promote an inquiry-based methodology, which gives students opportunity for self-expression and responsibility for coming to informed decisions. Through inquiry, students learn what are known as Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) skills.
The MC2 c-book
Developed in the context of the MC2 project, it consists of a digital system as enabler for creative design processes and creative mathematical thinking. It contains (a) an authorable data-analytics engine and a graphical interface; (b) an authorable dynamic e-book infrastructure for professionals to design resources and for students to create personalized versions of such resources; and (c) a set of digital tools designed to foster creativity in students’ mathematical expression, investigation and meaning generation.
The Block Magic teaching kit
It consists of an intelligent version of the “logical blocks” and “teaching tiles”, through which teachers can set learning tasks to develop creative, logical, linguistic, or strategic skills. The kit was created, tested with teachers and validated in the context of the Block Magic project. It contains a set of 48 Magic Blocks (equipped with a RFID sensor for automatic identification), a magic Board (i.a. an antenna that reads the blocks identifiers and communicates them to the software) and a teacher manual.
The kit « Caixa Curiosity »
Developed within Pathway, it gathers resources designed to support teachers in using inquiry as a strategy that helps students understand scientific models. It includes 9 scenarios based on Inquiry Based Science Education that pose issues in the forefront of Responsible Research and Innovation, immersing young citizens in both knowledge and the ethical implications of research.
Pathway best practices
The Pathway project aimed towards a standard-based approach to teaching science by inquiry by demonstrating ways to reduce the constrains presented by teachers and school organisation. To do so, a set of specific practices and exemplary cases have been identified, providing tangible “success stories” of effective introduction of inquiry to science classrooms.
WikiSkills guidelines for educators
This handbook was developed within the WikiSkills project, which aimed to use wikis to promote lifelong learning opportunities. The handbook constitutes a practical guide for educators at all levels interested in designing and applying their own wiki-based learning scenarios. It contains theoretical foundations, good practices and practical guidelines.
ProActive GBL repository
Developed in the framework of ProActive project, the repository contains 60 game-based learning scenarios covering wide variety of subject areas for schools, university education and adult/vocational training. They were developed by 80 teachers and trainers in 23 pilot sites in Italy, Romania, Spain and UK. During 2011 many of these GBL scenarios were tested in teaching settings with pupils / students / trainees in the participating countries.
Guidelines for creative GBL
Created in the framework of the ProActive project, these guidelines provide advice to educational practitioners who are willing to create their own game-based learning (GBL) scenarios and to implement them in real teaching settings. They include practical examples, tales from the field and success stories, as well as practical guidelines on how to apply creativity and GBL in learning environments.