|Educators Summer School Completed!|
The training course, hosted by Ellinogemaniki Agogi in Rethymnon (Crete) from July 3rd to July 6th 2012, aimed at bringing together science teachers and natural history museum educators exploring, in order to share experiences, ideas and to collaborate bridging the gap between formal and non-formal learning.
To achieve this, the summer school schedule included both lectures and hands-on sessions (workshops), to familiarize the trainees with the use of digital tools for creating and using educational resources. Moreover, attendants were educated on the use of novel learning tools in field trips, through one working session held in the Natural History Museum of Crete.
During the summer school, the participants were trained to design their own educational pathways on the basis of inquiry-based educational approach, and align them with resources (i.e. specimens) from the collections of European Natural History Museums. More specifically, the training course focused on processes of creating innovative learning experiences; use of learning repositories; creation of metadata and research based on metadata; use of learning objects; and significance of social tagging for describing learning pathways and learning objects.
Overall, the summer school managed to prompt the participants to exchange opinions, and to present and share their ideas in a constructive way.