The GEOTHINK course is focusing on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) as well as on using ICT based learning tools, methodologies and repositories. The course will use the example of an important ability both for sciences and everyday life: geospatial thinking. Geospatial thinking has lately been acknowledged as a key ability for the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as well as social sciences and humanities. It actually constitutes a very important and new approach to learning (learn-to learn), differing from more established learning approaches. The course is addressed to teachers across all subject areas who are interested in developing their own as well as their students’ geospatial thinking skills.
Participants will make use of an open, collaborative educational environment and a collection of open educational resources and tools in order to develop educational scenarios across different subject areas that will expand the limitations of classroom instruction.
The course will include lectures, group-work, training on the educational platform, and activities of playful learning supporting critical thinking and understanding of scientific concepts.
The GEOTHINK Summer School 2016 is part of the Inspiring Science Education Academy.
The aim of the Inspiring Science Education International Summer Academy is to support the modernisation of science education and training, including in curricula, assessment of learning outcomes and the professional development of teachers and trainers, as well as 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.
Participation in this course can be funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 1, Mobility project for school education staff).