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Title: The Big Ideas of Science as means of organizing multidisciplinary activities


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The Big Ideas of Science as means of organizing
multidisciplinary activities
  • Tsourlidaki Eleftheria
  • Ellinogermainiki Agogi

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The Go-Lab Project
  • The Go-Lab Project opens up remote and virtual
    laboratories to encourage young people to engage
    in science topics and experience the culture of
    doing science by undertaking active guided
    experimentation.
  • Targeting students from 10 to 18 years old,
    Go-Lab offers the opportunity to perform
    personalized scientific experiments with online
    labs in pedagogically structured learning spaces.
  • Students may get access to scientific instruments
    and use them for their investigations. They may
    also access research data and archives, and use
    advanced tools for data acquisition and analysis.

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The Go-Lab Project
  • Go-Lab aim at supporting inquiry learning and
    provide the possibility to conduct scientific
    experiments in a virtual environment.

On-line labs
IBSE approach
Guidance Tools
Remote labs
Orientation
Generic Supportive apps
Virtual Labs
Conceptualization
Subject depended
Go-Lab Learning Environment
Experimentation
Tips and Tricks
Data Sets - Analysis Tools
Discussion
Monitoring apps
Communication
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Online labs
Activities
Supportive Apps
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Going beyond
  • The Challenge
  • Introduce an organization scheme that goes beyond
    the typical ones which helps teachers introduce
    to their classrooms activities as a progression
    from small, beginning ideas, followed by the
    bigger ones which can be developed to encompass a
    wider range of experiences, leading to the broad,
    more abstract ideas that enable understanding of
    objects, phenomena and relationships in the
  • natural world.

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Make connections to subject taught in previous
classes.
Give insights for subject that they students will
be taught in next classes.
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Demonstrate different aspects of the same concept.
Connect concepts to every day life.
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Going beyond
  • Meeting the challenge
  • The Big Ideas of Science
  • A set of cross-cutting scientific concepts that
    describe the world around us and allow us to
    conceive the connection between different natural
    phenomena.

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  • Extending typical subject-oriented organization
    schemes so as to promote interdisciplinarity

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Connecting activities
  • An example
  • The movement of celestial objects.
  • Cognitive Objective (Types of Knowledge)
  • Factual Gravity is responsible for the movement
    of Celestial objects.
  • Conceptual Learn about the gravitational field
  • Why magnets can attract iron objects.
  • Cognitive Objective (Types of Knowledge)
  • Factual Magnets attract iron object due to the
    electromagnetic force.
  • Conceptual Learn about the electromagnetic field

There are four fundamental interactions/forces in
nature gravitation, electromagnetism,
strong-nuclear and weak nuclear. All phenomena
are due to the presence of one or more of these
interactions. Forces act on objects and can act
at a distance through a respective physical field
causing a change in motion or in the state of
matter.
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Creating multidisciplinary activities
Meteorites
Astronomy
Just astronomy?
Mathematics
Biology
Physics
Trajectories
Earth History
Chemistry
organics and silicates effecting life
Momentum and energy
Geography
Dinosaurs Extinction
Craters on Earth
Soil composition
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The Go-Lab Big Ideas of Science
Big Ideas of Science Big Ideas of Science
1. Energy is conserved it cannot be created or destroyed. 5. All matter and radiation exhibit both wave and particle properties.
2. There are four fundamental interactions/forces in nature 6. Evolution is the basis for both the unity of life and the biodiversity of organisms (living and extinct).
3. Earth is a very small part of the Universe. 7. Organisms are organized on a cellular basis and require a supply of energy and materials.
4. All matter in the Universe is made of very small particles. 8. Earth is a system of systems which influences and is influenced by life on the planet.
It can only transform from one form to another.
The transformation of energy can lead to a change
of state or motion.
gravitation, electromagnetism, strong-nuclear and
weak nuclear. All phenomena are due to the
presence of one or more of these interactions.
Forces act on objects and can act at a distance
through a respective physical field causing a
change in motion or in the state of matter.
Organisms pass on genetic information from one
generation to another.
The Universe is comprised of billions of galaxies
each of which contains billions of stars and
other celestial objects.
All life forms on our planet are based on a
common key component.
They are in constant motion and the bonds between
them are formed by interactions between them.
The processes occurring within this system shapes
the climate and the surface of the planet.
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Gathering teachers opinion
  • 15 validation workshops
  • Feedback from more 250 teachers coming from 15
    different European countries, Canada and USA.

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Gathering teachers opinion
Although teachers are not very familiar with the
term Big Ideas of Science it is still close to
their understanding and they can quite easily
relate to it and understand what it stands for.
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Gathering teachers opinion
How often do you teachers make connections
everyday life and the world around us?
Connecting different science subjects is of high
importance for practically all teachers and they
try to make these connections to their students
if not always, as often as possible.
Importance of make connections to other science
subject
How often do you teachers make connections with
other science subjects taught
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Gathering teachers opinion
Teachers opinion in the Go-Lab Big Ideas of
Science
Participating teachers and teachers' trainers so
far strongly believe that the Go-Lab set of BI is
satisfying
Importance of Big Ideas of Science in teaching
Science
Importance of make connections to other science
subject
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