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Designing the classroom of Tomorrow by using advanced technologies to connect formal and informal environments

Objective

The CONNECT project will create an advanced learning environment, the virtual science thematic park, using advanced ICT to connect informal learning strategies and formal curricular activities in science education. To achieve this the CONNECT project will explore, test, refine and demonstrate an innovative approach that crosscuts the boundaries between schools and museums/science centres, involving students and teachers in extended episodes of playful learning. This enhanced collaboration scheme exploits the potential of cutting edge ICT and in particular the evolution from the wired to virtual wireless learning environments to support the integration of everyday "free-choice" activities with the formal science curriculum map.

The virtual science thematic park will be the main "hub" of resources available in the developed network and will serve as distributor of information and organiser of suitable educational activities. It will incorporate innovative uses of the technology for educational purposes, interconnecting all the members of the network, organising virtual and conventional visits to the science museums and science centres. These visits will serve (through an informal but yet structured way) educational aims of the official curriculum.

The CONNECT project mobilises a multidisciplinary group of leading experts from the fields of learning technologies, cognitive science, psychology, information and communication technologies and science education. From an organisational point of view it brings together research centres in several countries, a European network of science museums and a multinational group of secondary schools supported by the appropriate educational bodies. These are indispensable actors to assess and to demonstrate the effectiveness of the CONNECT approach. They will also contribute to identify the critical success factors for a more widespread adoption, an essential step to maximise the impact of CONNECT in science learning.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Address
9, Heroon Polytechniou Str. Zografou
15773 Athens
Greece

Participants (17)

AT BRISTOL LIMITED
United Kingdom
ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI S.A.
Greece
EUGENIDES FOUNDATION
Greece
EUROPEAN COLLABORATIVE FOR SCIENCE, INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITIONS
Belgium
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Schloss Birlinghoven
53754 Sankt Augustin
INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING INNOVATION
United States
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AND QUALITY SERVICES S.A.
Greece
INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL SA
Belgium
LEGO SYSTEM A/S
Denmark
MINISTERIO DA EDUCACAO
Portugal
PAEDAGOGISCHE HOCHSCHULE LUDWIGSBURG
Germany
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
Address

76100 Rehovot
TIEDEKESKUSSAEAETIOE
Finland
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
Address
Rua Abade Da Loureira
4700-357 Braga
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN - STANDORT DUISBURG
Germany
VAEXJOE UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Vejdes Plats 7
SE 35195 Vaxjo