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Through Open Discovery Space young people are introduced to entrepreneurship through a cross-curricular spectrum. They also develop their initiative and become more creative, self-confident and act in a socially responsible way.
In ODS teachers can help students make their own scientific discoveries, witness and understand natural and scientific phenomena and access the latest, interactive tools and digital resources from within their classrooms. Teachers can also access interactive simulations, educational games and eScience applications and integrate them with extra-curricular activities, such as field trips to science centres and discovery parks, and virtual visits to research centres.
If you are a teacher who is interested in using or adapting existing eLearning resources (or even creating and sharing your own), you are at the right place!
Open Discovery Space knows that a key part of planning engaging lessons is access to high-quality and trustworthy teaching materials. Through the ODS platform teachers gain Access to Resources:
Teachers can find resources, lessons plans and exercises to support them in planning their activities.
Teachers can also join a lively online community of peers where they can exchange advice, share best practices and connect with teachers in other countries.
Within ODS, teachers can join in a wide range of training activities including courses for the use of eLearning resources, online collaboration with students and parents and ways to develop innovative new teaching materials.
ODS provides a platform for schools to create digital communities and resource libraries and to connect to a vibrant European Network. Teachers can create, share and access lesson plans and scenarios, participate in online training academies as well as summer and winter schools and use self-assessment and professional development tools.
Within summer and winter schools Open Discovery Space trains teachers and school leaders to promote the development of their schools into open learning communities, and thus improve the quality of all aspects of schooling.
Teachers strengthen their organisational and administrative skills. For instance, they learn how to play a leadership role in training, how to provide follow-up support to colleagues and how to create and implement a vision of their school as a community based on innovation and continuous learning enriched by ICT.
Teachers are encouraged and guided to monitor and evaluate the current context, the prevailing culture and attitudes in their school towards change and innovation, as well as to identify the real needs and identify priorities.
Open Discovery Space plays a key role in supporting the take-up and use of digital educational resources in schools and revolutionises communities of practice in eLearning.
Open Discovery Space addresses the challenge of modernising school education by engaging teachers, students, parents and policymakers in a first of its kind effort to create a pan-European eLearning environment to promote more flexible and creative ways of learning by improving the way educational content is produced, accessed and used.
Open Discovery Space intends to facilitate of the implementation of the Action 68 of the Digital Agenda for Europe [http://bit.ly/HPuLyb] and to effectively modernise education in the EU, for all subjects and skills.
Open Discovery Space creates a multi-lingual, community-oriented social platform that will encourage teachers, students and parents to discover, discuss, share, shape and acquire Europe's rich array of teaching, learning and research materials.
More Information: www.opendiscoveryspace.eu