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Carlos Cunha is a Physics and Chemistry teacher at Escola Secundária Dom Manuel Martins,  upper secondary school in Setúbal, Portugal.

He has a thorough experience in promoting hands-on and inquiry oriented learning. He was involved in several projects on Astronomy and Physics teaching; he is also a member of the Scientix expert panel and a pilot teacher in the ECB/inGenious project.

Explaining his teaching credo, Carlos says: "I really do think that experimental and inquiry based teaching is the best way to get a meaningful learning, specially when using simple toys or day-to-day objects to illustrate physical phenomena."

Carlos is a Chemical engineer with a master degree in Laboratory Physics, Teaching and History of Physics. He has also received further teacher training in programmes organised by CERN, European Space Agency and other international research institutions. 

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The second teacher Online Discussion Event took place in the period 19-21 September 2012 and was moderated by Carlos Cunha. During the three day event teachers were invited to discuss which European and national science education project results the participating teachers had knowledge of. It was also discussed how appropriate and applicable the teachers felt the resources and methods are when it comes to using them in practice.

Bellow you find a summary of the discussed themes each day of the event.

Day 1
The first day focussed on the STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education projects the participating teachers knew of.
Some teachers mentioned that they didn´t know about most of the projects mentioned by the moderator but highlighted other projects in which they had participated. Others had participated in some of the highlighted projects but said that in some countries, the language is a barrier for the participation of students.

Day 2
On this second day, teachers where invited to tell how appropriated project result are at explain how the methods/tools can help teachers reach the goals of their teaching plan more efficiently.
During the discussion teachers said they usually search for videos, applications, experiments and presentations that can help them on their day-to-day teaching. Some projects and sites were mentioned as sources of good materials, such as CLIMANTICA and Xplore Health, Cosmos, EU-HOU, ITEC, etc. When it was discussed if the materials they find from project results are the right materials - it was mentioned that the main difficulty most teachers face, is to choose among the vast amount of information available on the internet.

Day 3
The last day teachers were asked to tell about the tools and methods from science education project that had been useful for their teaching practice by giving concrete examples.
Many teachers mentioned resources they had found on the internet for teaching. Teachers mentioned that these resources are "fresh, immediate, with excellent diagrams and drawings. However it was said that "the importance to have supporting guidelines for teachers and also training to make sure teachers are prepared to handle the resources" is essential when using new resources. It was also stressed that guidelines developed by other science teachers improves the quality of the guidelines.

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19/09/12 13:36
Do you know about one of these publications/websites and have you received newsletters from one of the projects mention below? If yes, how did you know about this specific project/project result? In three words what did you learn from it?

U4energy - a European project which encourages schools to contribute to reduce energy consumption and raises awareness on how to use energy more responsibly with innovative ideas. http://u4energy.eu/

NANOYOU - aims at increasing young people's basic understanding of nanotechnologies and to encourage them to participate in dialogues about the ethical, legal and social aspects of nanotechnologies. http://nanoyou.eu/

PRIMAS - aims to support and foster the use of inquiry-based teaching strategies in maths and the science subjects by providing teaching materials, teacher training and other supporting actions. http://www.primas-project.eu

The ROSE project (The Relevance of Science Education) - an international project that sheds light on the attitudes of Science education among students towards the end of secondary school (age 15) in 38 countries. The research instrument is a questionnaire mostly consisting of closed questions with four-point Likert scales. http://roseproject.no/

ESTABLISH - a project which encourage the use of inquiry-based teaching methods in science education in Europe, by creating authentic learning environments which bring together and involve all relevant stakeholders. http://www.establish-fp7.eu/
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19/09/12 12:22 as a reply to Maite Debry.
I have heard about the Rose project. I have not used it in practice but it has made me reflexed about my practise when teaching. I heard about the Rose project from the director of our school who shortly mentioned it. I think he knows some of the people that are involved in the project.

I also know about NanoYou but I have not had the chance or time to make it fit into my teaching programme yet. I heard about it form a colleague from another school in my region.
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19/09/12 12:50 as a reply to Des Spolse.
I would also add two quite useful newsletters for teachers: Fibonacci and Galileo teachers.
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19/09/12 13:07 as a reply to Petr Kaufman.
One more thing: how about eTwinning as a virtual meeting room to exchange experience and learn from you colleagues? Any experience to share on that??
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19/09/12 13:22 as a reply to Petr Kaufman.
Yes I have heard about etwinning too, but I actually don't know what it is about. So i guess it does not count?
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19/09/12 13:39 as a reply to Des Spolse.
I will continue mentioning more projects that you are welcome to comment on. You are also welcome to mention other projects that are not on the list.

Do you know about one of these publications/websites and have you received newsletters from one of the projects? If yes, how did you know about these specific projects/project results? In three words what did you learn from it?

STENCIL - a project that contributes to the improvement of science teaching, by promoting innovative methodologies and creative solutions that make science studies more attractive for students. http://www.stencil-science.eu/

PON educazione scientifica - it is an national Italian project (Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sicily) that provides training for science teachers at secondary school level and falls in line with the guidelines for the curriculum for the school 's. Italy’s best experts and authors from different backgrounds have set up the educational programme based on the best research and teaching experience in Italy. http://for.indire.it/ponscienze/

ITEMS - the objective of the project is to develop a framework for improving the skills of science and maths teachers and, consequently, to increase students success and interest in these areas. http://itemspro.net/

Xplore Health - a European portal that offers videos, games and experiments that introduces students in the secondary school to health research. http://www.xplorehealth
FIBONACCI (Disseminating inquiry-based science and mathematics education in Europe) - aims to design, implement, test and formalise a process of dissemination of inquiry-based teaching and learning methods in science and maths in Europe. http://www.fibonacci-project.eu/

TRACES (Transformative Research Activities - Cultural Diversities and Education in Science) - aims to explore ways to bridge the gap between science education research and practice by constructing various communities of students, teachers, researchers or policy-makers. It identifies innovative policies in science education that can contribute to filling this gap. http://www.traces-project.eu
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19/09/12 14:41 as a reply to Maite Debry.
Hello everyone,

I am sorry but my school was every morning without internet.

Is the newsletters an effective way of communication?

What about workshops? Are they a good way to dessiminate information?
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19/09/12 13:47 as a reply to Des Spolse.
My school was pilot school for Nanoyou first project Since then I haven't got any news
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19/09/12 14:01 as a reply to Des Spolse.
I think that there are too many projects with almost the same goal and it is difficult to choose.

We have curricula very strict and very big so it is not easy to get involved in many projects.
Many projects need a class with many computers and internet connexion and many schools (as mine) don't have that advantage.

Another thing is that students have to know English for several of those projects . In Belgium we have three national languages and English comes at the forth place ... my students don't know a single word of English.
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19/09/12 14:09 as a reply to tina michetti.
Hello Carlos!
Yes the newsletters an effective why of communication.

As to the workshops they are certainly a good way to dessiminate information. But it would be better if the workshops could take place during school holidays because the headmasters don't appreciate very much when we absent from school.
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19/09/12 14:53 as a reply to Maite Debry.
Some more projects you can comment on.

Do you know about them?
How did you know them?
Have you participate on them?
What is your opinion about the one(s) you know?
What did you learn with them?

SAILS - a project that aims to support teachers in adopting an inquiry based science education (IBSE) approach at second level (students aged 12-18 years) across Europe. http://www.sails-project.eu/

STELLA (Science Teaching in a Lifelong Learning Approach) - aims to improve science teaching in Europe and to stimulate young people to undertake science studies and careers, with a special focus on girls. http://www.stella-science.eu/

Scientix – the community for science education in Europe was created to facilitate regular dissemination and sharing of know-how and best practices in science education across the European Union. http://www.scientix.eu/web/guest

PATHWAY (The Pathway to Inquiry Based Science Teaching) - evaluates existing educational methods to promote the effective, widespread use of inquiry- and problem-based science teaching in schools in Europe and beyond. http://www.pathway-project.eu

eTwinning (The community for schools in Europe) - This project provides teachers across Europe with the opportunity and the tools for collaboration between schools including on maths, science and technology topics. http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm
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19/09/12 14:57 as a reply to tina michetti.
Dear Tina,

The participation on the CoP can be on your mother tong...

An even on DESIRE you can use Google translator...

However for the conferences, know English is very important...

Don´t forget SCIENTIX translation on demand... ask for the translation of the resources you find interesting and usefull for you and for your students!
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19/09/12 15:17 as a reply to Xenia Lauritsen.
My secondaray school (in "Costa da Morte") also dawned offline. But now I see the questions and ansewers.
I do not work with the programs mentionated, yes I´ve heard about ROSE.
In my class I use CLIMÁNTICA com pages (in English, Spanish and Galician), excellent and very complete in terms of climate change. It is full of information, but also activities and resources for educators.
In addition to our facebook "bioloxiamarole" I would highlight two very interesting as usual links MATERIA and SCIENCE RRIDAY SCIENCE FRIDAYESPANOL



Activities on line attrract students very much.
The entire educational community can acceess activities on line, which create a perfect climate for education today and are more or less interconnected and instantaneous.
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19/09/12 17:27 as a reply to Maite Debry.
Some more projects that deserve your comments:

COMPASS (Common Problem Solving Strategies as Links between Mathematics and Science) – a project that aims at providing teachers with interdisciplinary teaching materials which link mathematics and science. With the materials students can analyse and discuss problems relevant to society and their everyday lives. http://www.compass-project.eu/

SETAC (Science Education as a Tool for Active Citizenship) – a project that brings together science museums and educational institutions, to improve science education, which it seen as a fundamental tool for developing active citizens in today's knowledge society. http://www.museoscienza.org/setac

NANOCHANNELS (Engaging and debating nanotechnology on media channels to European citizens) – it has the aim of informing and engaging the European public on nanotechnology issues through different media channels and events. http://www.nanochannels.eu

inGenious (The European Coordinating Body in Maths, Science and Technology Education) - it aims to reinforce links between science education and technology careers in the private sector by strengthening the industry-education partnership. The overall objective of the project is to increase the interest of young people in mathematics, science and technology. The project provides best practise examples. http://www.ingenious-science.eu/

SED: Science Education for Diversity: SED seeks to improve the quality of science education in Europe by collaborating with other countries where science and science careers are perceived by young people as a positive option. http://www.science-education-for-diversity.eu
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19/09/12 17:30 as a reply to Maite Debry.
Dear colleagues and friends,

I see that we have almost 100 views but only 14 post. Please leave your opinion.

If you don´t know any of these projects, let us know about it...

Do you know some other projects? How did you get them?

Give us your opinion, your comments, your remarks, please.

Thank you
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19/09/12 18:33 as a reply to Carlos Cunha.
Dear Carlos,

I can talk about inGenious, it seems, for me, a big project with a lot of practices. Some of them we can include directly into our subject program and sometimes, it should be great to know experiences from other colleagues to see how they include them.

The way to spread it, I don't know maybe twitter, Facebook,...
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19/09/12 18:32 as a reply to Carlos Cunha.
Hi everybody again!
I've just received news about a web page called divulgation, made in University of Vigo by a ecology scientist very interested in divulgation. His name is Luis Navarro. Most of these videos are in English, Spanish and Galician

Last year I've used these videos in class with good results.

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19/09/12 20:34 as a reply to Carlos Cunha.
[quote=Carlos Cunha]Dear Tina, The participation on the CoP can be on your mother tong... An even on DESIRE you can use Google translator... However for the conferences, know English is very important... Don´t forget SCIENTIX translation on demand... ask for the translation of the resources you find interesting and usefull for you and for your students![/quote][quote=Carlos Cunha]Dear Tina, Marisa Castiñeira: Yes, that is important. I written and can participate on the coP using a translator but not speak at a conference on line. I understand but do not speak.
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19/09/12 21:08 as a reply to Xenia Lauritsen.
The replica was directed at all (I do not handle well in the forum)
Now yes, I answer Dear Xenia to you:
Of the projects you mention. Xplore Health is very used in my secondary school. Forgot to mention, it is one of the most widely used. This project is very accesible, connects students with current science. Well structured : "watch", "experiment", "play" and "decide. This last section, important to create a critical attitude in students.
Also connects well with our curriculum.

Until tomorrow!
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eu-hou ingenious nanoyou pathway spice scientix stel la u4energy xperimania etwinning
19/09/12 23:11 as a reply to Carlos Cunha.
Dear Carlos,
I was a part of Scientix Group 2 and was analyzing some of resources from Scientix web page and I know well some of projects you mentioned, but I will comment only projects I know more well as I was take a part at it.
Scientix portal is very good platform for science education. I think that science community can use all recourses, translations and information, as well as online discussions and chats.
I know Stella project and 3 of my students projects was added at it as good practice. This project help teachers and students to use selected good practice at classes.
I like PATHWAY project and I use some IBSE methods especially at my astronomical classes. Last year I visited SPICE Summer Academy at Prague and was impressed of all workshops. I like very much EU-HOU project and possibility to use SalsaJ software and online folks telescopes. I had some problems to use it from Bulgaria maybe because of some mistakes of my registration…
I used eTwinning project to find partners for my Comenius projects and participated at 2 astronomicals etwinning projects. It was very interesting collaboration between my colleagues from other country.
InGenious is also very interesting big project . My school was participate as pilot school and students was inspired to test some practice, to participate at online discussions and to learn about different activities as Deforest Actions. Scratch programming was very interesting for my students as they are from computer school
I was at two courses as dissemination of EU projects - electricit course from Items project and for nanotechnology from Nanoyou project and find it very interesting.
Xperimania is also very interesting projects an more then 15 my students was participate at competitions least year.
U4energy is the first pan-European competition on energy education organised by the European Commission. Students and teachers can participate at 3 categories: A: Best energy efficiency measures; B: Best teaching actions on efficient energy use and C: Best school campaign on energy efficiency. I am national winner for B category for this year.
I know about this projects from Scientix portal and EUN newsletters.
All this projects opened for me new horizons, inspired students to study science and technology.
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20/09/12 07:23 as a reply to Carlos Cunha.
Hi Everyone,

I'm just reading all the post. I have been one of the readers since now. I give you my oppinion.

I think that during the school year it is so difficult to introduce changes which you didn't decide before, but, on the other hand, it is possible look what there is on some many projects (it is a long list and it is not necessary to repeat it) and use the materials that you can.

Moreover, it is a good idea becoming or involved in a project as a "pilot teachers". In this case you can participate in all the activities and you can chose to participate too in a workshop. That's one of the best way for my to have better knowing about what is currently done and in which way I can teach it in my classroom.
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20/09/12 15:16 as a reply to Maite Debry.
Since 2008 I have participated in various competitions I http://www.thinkquest.org/en/ platform and my students, where there is the possibility to communicate with other teachers from other countries can see what projects were carried colleagues, what methods applied in the classroom.
I also like http://ingenious-science.eu/ platform where we applied 4 practices in the classroom with the students, the practice DeforestAction students can collaborate with other students from other schools can see what materials were achieved using eTwinning platform, looking a school where they become partners in a Comenius project, we have not found, but I hope that you find.
Students prefer cooperation based on practical action.
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21/09/12 22:31
Carlos Cunha:
What is the information that you want to receive when projects results are communicated to you either online, on paper or in life events?
What are the main elements that inspire you to use a method, a tool or a resource in science education?

As a teacher, I would be interested in any project that has clear and simple step by step guidance. Also it would be helpful if we can have a variety of differentiated resources that can suit students with different abilities. Also, I would be really interested in activities that they are tackling global and current issues. From the student perspective, I think they will be very interested in activities with interactive aspects, attractive graphics, and achievable targets where they can apply and enhance their knowledge and skills. In addition a good practice or project must provide an opportunity for instant feedback to the students.
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21/09/12 22:30
Carlos Cunha:
Have you used new methods/resources in your teaching from European or national projects?
How do you classify and rate the information you achieve? Is it helpfull?
Quality is, on your opinion good?

I participated in many projects such Ingenious (European) and Go4set/EDT (national UK).
The InGenious practices that I chose (Superbenz workshop, Sensor adventure and Skool Football) were fun, challenging, useful and relevant to my students. The teacher guidance was generally very helpful and easy to follow.
Regarding Go4set/ EDT I have entered 2 teams of 6 students last year in STEM projects competition provided by Go4set. The information and support we had were very good and the students learned a lot from this experience. During 10 weeks the students developed their investigative and scientific skills as well their team work and interpersonal skills. The constant feedback they had from me as teacher and the engineer who was the mentor of the project was extremely beneficial for the students. And I have to say winning the competition was just the icing on the cake.
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21/09/12 22:27
Carlos Cunha:
Good morning.

When you find results/resources that can be used in your practice – do you always feel the results are useful and inspiring for your work? If you cannot think of any project results, you are welcome to take inspiration in the list of projects mentioned during day 1.

Hello all,
I usually try to use as much fun and inspiring activities as I can in my lessons to motivate students and raise their interest in science. I often use online resources from variety of national websites in the UK such ashttp://www.echalk.co.uk/, http://teachers.guardian.co.uk/, http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resources/, http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/, http://www.channel4learning.com/. They offer lots of free interactive games and activities as well as interesting video clips. In general, the activities are easy to implement and some of them they have complete lesson plans. The students enjoy learning using these tools either individually using laptops or as class activity using interactive whiteboard and they benefit a lot from the immediate feedback or self-assessment. However I find searching for the relevant activity that fits the lesson or the topic I’m teaching is time consuming and sometimes in our busy schedules it can be a problem. In my school we share and disseminate any tried good projects and activities.