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Scientix : the portal for sharing teaching materials and research reports from European science education projects Eloïse Gérard Media & Learning 2011, Brussels. www.eun.org. Transforming Education in Europe. Network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe:

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    1. Scientix: the portal for sharing teaching materials and research reports from European science education projects Eloïse Gérard Media & Learning 2011, Brussels Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

    2. www.eun.org Transforming Education in Europe • Network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe: • Support schools in bringing about the best use of technology in learning • Promote the European dimension in schools and educationImprove and raise the quality of education in Europe • Mission: To improveand raise the quality of education in Europe Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    3. European science, maths and technology projects Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    4. Scientix facilitates dissemination and sharing of best practices in science education in Europe • Scientix portal: www.scientix.eu • European Conference, 6-8 May 2011, Brussels • Workshops for teachers and/or researchers in STEM education Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    5. Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    6. Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    7. Resourcerepository Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    8. On-demand translation of teaching materials Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    9. Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    10. Online courses: • Moodle • Twitter • Html • SecondLife • Geogebra • Xperimania • Blogs • Nanoyou http://moodle.scientix.eu Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    11. Brand new features • Scientix public profiles • User generated content Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    12. Scientix public profiles Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    13. Public profiles page Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    14. User generated content: • Comments and rating of the Scientix resources Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    15. Scientix European Conference 6-8 May 2011, Brussels • Key note speech – Sir John Holman, UK • Posters session • 46 talks • 2 Round tables • 25 stands presenting EU fundedprojects • 10 mini-workshops • 379 participants from 37 countries Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    16. Scientix European Conference 6-8 May 2011, Brussels • Conference sessions: • Science education research • Science education – thinking outside the box • EU projects for researchers iv. School collaboration • Science & industry and schools • Teachers associations • Portals and resources • Tools and experiments • Science museums and amusement parks Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    17. Scientix European Conference 6-8 May 2011, Brussels • Conclusions: • Key elements of a good science education system: school curriculum, pedagogy and assessment [...however...] the quality of an education system depends ultimately on the quality of its teachers. • All presentations on innovative approaches to science education --> inquiry-based approach (facts and figures + process of producing scientific knowledge). Practical experience –> learning by doing + first-hand contact with real research. • To fully exploit the concept of inquiry based learning, teachers have to be properly trained. Teachers should combine excellent knowledge of their subject with excellent pedagogical and assessment skills. • Take on board more teachers, researchers and science communicators to overcome fragmentation and promote best practices across Europe. Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    18. Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    19. Scientix workshops • Present, share, highlight and inspire good practices, linked to the specific content offered by Scientix and take into account the latest development in the field of science and maths education and the results produced by EU funded projects. • GIREP 2010, Reins, France • Eminent 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark • eTwinning Conference 2011, Budapest, Hungary • Pathway summer school 2011, Heraklion, Crete • SPICE summer academy, Prague, Czech Republic Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    20. More information • EuropeanSchoolnet Science Programme Manager / Scientixproject manager: Dr Agueda Gras-Velazquez, agueda.gras@eun.org • European Schoolnet Web Editor / Scientix portal content manager: PřemyslVelek, premysl.velek@eun.org • ScientixProject officer, DG Research, European Commission: Peter Fabian-Hajek, peter.fabian-hajek@ec.europa.eu www.scientix.eu Scientix is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    21. SPICE Who? Teachersand experts from 14 countries What for? Analizing , collecting, validating and diffusing Diffusion of Inquiry Based Science Education and the use of technology to motivate students to the path of scientificstudies What? Innovativeteaching tecniques : the good Practices (GPs) objective In which area? Mathematics and Science http://spice.eun.org/web/spice SPICE is financed with support from the European Commission

    22. SPICE • Evaluation of the GP: • The GPs were tested in various European countries and • have been evaluated in the spirit of guarantee of quality • 4 questionaires per student and per teacher were created: • General PRE / POST • Specific PRE / POST • We compared the group of students that used the GP with • those who did not use the GP to confirm their validity and • Utility • Once validated, the GP s will be made available for all • Europeanteachers SPICE is financed with support from the European Commission

    23. SPICE • Preliminaryresults: • Success of the GP on the opinion of the teacher SPICE is financed with support from the European Commission

    24. Success of the GP on the opinion of the student • POST • PRE 6) The GP helped me understand things on the scientific method and to develop my ability to use it. 8) It helped me understand better the work of a scientist. 9) They turned on between me and my companions debates on scientific topics (and related social issues, such as ecology). SPICE is financed with support from the European Commission

    25. SPICE The Moodle platform & the blog Access the Spice Moodleplatform whereyoucanfind lessons and teachingmaterials Access the blog and interactwith otherteachers and exchange opinions SPICE is financed with support from the European Commission

    26. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • Aim: create a programme of campaigns and events to engage a wide range of stakeholder groups in an open debateof ELSA issues raised by developmentsin nanotechnology(NT) • Project partners: experiencedprofessionalsincluding major Europeannewspapers, leadingeducationalists and polling specialists Project: start: 1 January 2011 end: 31 June 2012 Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    27. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • Survey and public opinion poll: • Aim: explore how communication channelscanbetterinform the general public about NT • How: • identify how people with a generallylowinterest in techno-scientificdebatescanbebetterreached and informed about new developments in NT • Compare the abovewith information and communication preferences and needs of those people whoalready have a certain stake in the NT debate • Additional focus on role of social media & participatoryapproaches in engaging the public in the NT debate Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    28. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • Survey and public opinion poll: • The empirical work:carried out in spring 2011 in several European countries and Israel, included: • focus group discussions with specific target groups (athletes, parents, retailers, and elderly), • telephone interviews with experts engaged in NT communication, • and a comprehensive online questionnaire in seven languages (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Romanian, Hebrew). Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    29. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • Survey and public opinion poll: • Findings of the study: • general level of awareness of NT is considerably low across countries • Generally positive attitude towards NT but differentiated opinions on specific products and applications => awareness raising without detailed information causes insecurity! • Relatively high trust in national regulatory bodies • Wariness with products applied on the skin and body + with children => people want to be informed about the effects of these products & about reasons why we need NT in a specific product • Broad consensus that NT manufactured products should be labelled in some form Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    30. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • Survey and public opinion poll: • Findings of the study: • Questioning of usefulness of NT => what’s the extra benefit? • Highest expectations = area of health & medical treatment, + electronics • Highest public awareness = area of medicine & health • Suspicion on advantages of NT product = where the immediate importance of technological research was not so evident (children toys, food containers, cosmetics,…) • Focus groups: debates of a more ethical or philosophical nature • Reluctant to actively seeking information on NT – complexity has a discouraging effect, especially for the older generation. Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    31. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • Survey and public opinion poll: • Findings of the study: • Children & school = good multipliers effect to spread information (=> parents) • Public & live events = high motivating effect • Demand to make research more participative • Restrain to active participation of lay people in the NT debate > lack of technical knowledge • Big ? For the lay public: How much autonomy should be given to research? => a regulatory body is needed • General distrust in independent science journalism & neutral information flows • Proposed solution: multi-stakeholder committees (politics, science, civil society) to ensure vertical exchange of knowledge Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    32. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • Survey and public opinion poll: • Findings of the study: • Internet as the 1st place to look for information on new technologies • The future of engaging the public in science = use of new & innovative communication channels, including participatory elements and taking up cultural attributes of the audience • Content: scientific developments in the form of stories in connection with lay people’s immediate reality • 3 target groups for NT related information: • Representatives of societal values – having general concerns about how far technology should go • Conscious consumer type • The lifelong learning approach Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    33. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • Survey and public opinion poll: • Findings of the study: • Conclusion for science communication: there is a clear need for catching up with the diffusion of information on NT related to ethical, legal, social aspects • Another issue of vertical interest is information on the impact and risk assessment of NT that is being done on national, European, and international level. Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    34. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” • 20 European schools during the 2011-2012 school year: • 20 live events (“debates”) in the 20 schools around a specific NT topic, involving the local communities (students, parents, friends, politicians, ngo’s, industry, researchers,…) • Students participation to a social media campaign (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or other national social medias, …) writing press articles with the help of professional journalists, producing various content types and uploading it to the social media + to the project portal (www.nanochannels.eu) • => aim: build online discussions on NT Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    35. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” The portal is available in 7 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew and Romanian. Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    36. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” El Mundo microsite: http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/nanotecnologia.html Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    37. Nanochannels: “Engaging European stakeholders in debating NANOtechnology issues using a range of media CHANNELS” The Guardian microsite: http://www.guardian.co.uk/nanotechnology-world Nanochannels is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    38. XploreHealth: A European gateway to the science and research of health, through online and offline innovative activities aimed at citizens, patients, pupils and teachers • http://www.xplorehealth.eu/ • The project adresses: • the need to reconcile the vast amount of knowledge generated continuously within healthresearch • the need to provide information on health issues to citizens taking into account the varied concerns and expectations within a population of multiple national and cultural backgrounds • the need to provide citizens, especially patients and students, with easy-access timely research translated into comprehensive language • the lack of interest of young Europeans in careers in life sciences and biotechnologyresearch XploreHealth is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    39. XploreHealth: A European gateway to the science and research of health, through online and offline innovative activities aimed at citizens, patients, pupils and teachers • The project objectives: • Coordinating the expertise in the areas of communication of research in health science • Outreach in science centres and teaching of science and technology • Creation of a common work platforms and methodologies • Providing tools and resources openly accessible to the public on a online portal • Proposing attendingactivities across Europe • New expertise on science communication, exhibition and teaching • Contribution to the sustainability of the engagement between research and society XploreHealth is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    40. XploreHealth: A European gateway to the science and research of health, through online and offline innovative activities aimed at citizens, patients, pupils and teachers • The project objectives: • XploreHealth: • Build and promote an online and offline interactive environment to create an active engagement of society with health science and research around health and FP research projects. • How? • Development of attractive, accessible and rigorous resources • Organisation of attending activities • Dissemination of the portal content to reach families, patient associations and young people above 15 years old and teachers. • Overall objective: • Convert basic science and specific research projects and results in health into attractive, interactive and innovative communication channel for the selected audiences. XploreHealth is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development

    41. XploreHealth: A European gateway to the science and research of health, through online and offline innovative activities aimed at citizens, patients, pupils and teachers • Role of EUN in the project • Contact: • Maïté Debry (Project Manager): • maite.debry@eun.org XploreHealth is financed under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development