This School Collaboration is fully funded under the International Visegrad Fund, with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and ScienceScope being project supporters. The Collaboration will take place in V4 countries only, including Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
Teaching and learning STEM embedded in real life scenarios have to start at an early education level. Our societies face a technological revolution where IoT, Big Data, and AI provide solutions that tackle global challenges, including climate change, food security or – as we see in the current scenario – pandemic outbreaks. Hence, it is crucial to stimulate students’ curiosity in these subjects and possible future professional career paths, and to highlight the role of science for societal progress.
The project ‘IoT, Big Data and AI: Innovating STEM Teaching through Strengthening Teacher Professionalisation’ is a 3-month long hands-on training programme for teachers on IoT, Big Data & AI-related teaching in secondary schools: on a pedagogical, curriculum & technical level.
Schools in V4 countries are provided with cutting-edge technological equipment that focuses on environmental and climate change monitoring. All participating schools are connected through one common technical platform. Joint data collection and analysis enable an interactive teaching & learning environment that transcends borders and allows the teachers to discuss, jointly explore and identify areas for collaboration on experimental lessons for STEM classes. The project not only offers teaching & learning opportunities for STEM subjects; it also allows cross-fertilisation across other subjects (e.g., English, ethics, geography, social sciences, etc.).
PROGRAMME & ACTIVITIES
The “IoT, Big Data and AI: Innovating STEM Teaching Through Strengthening Teacher Professionalisation” project engages participating schools in 3 key activities:
Activity 1: Training Sessions and Development of Teaching Modules on “IoT, Big Data and AI for Innovating STEM Teaching”
Thematic Training Sessions
In total, 3 thematic sessions will be conducted. The training sessions will be designed and delivered by education & thematic experts on Education for Sustainable Development, with a focus on environmental and climate change education as well as 21st century skills development. Open for both teachers and students, these thematic trainings will support the learning partnership in a technology rich environment. All participants – teachers and students – will receive a certificate after the project.
Technical Training Sessions
The integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in our daily environment is a relatively new concept, especially in education. Therefore, it is important to conduct adequate and relevant technical training sessions for teacher participants to be able to use new tech tools to innovate existing learning settings and to support their students in achieving deep learning goals for STEM subjects. 5 technical training sessions will be conducted for participating teachers to enhance their knowledge on and digital competence to implement IoT and AI-driven projects’ activities. Besides, focusing on teaching basic concepts of IoT, Big Data and AI, these sessions will also help participants develop required technical skills and an understanding on the IoT Device & Weather Station which they will use throughout the project.
Activity 2: Virtual Peer-to-Peer Exchange and Knowledge Building Sessions
Throughout the project’s implementation, virtual meetings are planned to bring together all participating teachers, including their students, for a peer-to-peer exchange and knowledge building & sharing. These virtual sessions of about 1.5 – 2.5 hours each will include various meeting formats, with a focus on interactive engagement of all participants (e.g., speed-dating, polls, and small-group discussions) and collaborative elements (e.g. visual, virtual brainstorming). In addition, the organisers will invite experts from V4 countries for each session, to provide a keynote as food for thought. Coordinated and conducted by teachers for their peers, these sessions are an opportunity for informal and non-formal group learning.
Activity 3: Handbook for Teachers on the “Use of IoT tools to Innovate STEM Teaching”
The project will conclude with the production of a Handbook on the ‘Use of IoT Tools to innovate STEM Teaching’. It will be a joint collaboration between all project partners and participating teachers. Capturing their experiences throughout the project, it will include concrete lessons learnt and guidelines on pedagogical, curriculum & technical related matters based on practical examples.
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The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable
regional cooperation in Central Europe.