THE AMGEN TEACH TEACHERS' STORIES
The movie presents Amgen Teach teachers’ experience with Amgen Teach Programme based on how they have implemented the materials, resources and knowledge gained through the Amgen Teach trainings in their own classrooms. The interviews have been held during the seventh Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab, 19-21 June 2015.
AMGEN TEACH DISTANCE LEARNING ACTIVITIES – FACTS AND FIGURES
Teacher's professional development is the key aspect of Amgen Teach. Science teachers are educating the next generation of scientist. This generation will shape the future of Europe and may make a difference for the whole world population.
Right now, for many reasons, less and less young people chose a career related to STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The consequences of this situation will impact not only on scientific progress, but on economy, health and development, if we think about the fact that the economy of the future will be knowledge based.
Distance Learning Activities are built around the needs of teachers: a DLA is a great chance to participate in a professional development activity from your own living room. It happens outside working hours, at your pace, it is free of charge and you have the chance to discuss and get valuable insight from renowned experts in various field from the most prestigious universities and institutions. Now, a support service is available, with a quick mail you can receive all the help you need to join the webinar.
So far, Amgen Teach organized 5 DLAs on various subjects: nanotechnology, planarian regeneration, bioinformatics, respiratory activity and astrobiology. The last two have took place during the second year of activities of the project.
Each one of the DLA has been a valuable experience to learn, to get resources and to implement innovative ways to approach new topics in different ways with pupils. For example, Joseph Roche showed projects like Zooniverse and Sunspotter aimed at building ties between citizens and researchers. Using this kind of websites could be a great idea to start and carry on a project with your class, or just to introduce your students to astronomy. Estelle Durand, instead, gave a lot of resources that explains how to investigate and build some inquiry based activities on the respiratory system, with ready available and not expensive materials.
However, beside amazing resources, great teaching ideas and knowledge, another element of the DLA equation is the chance to discuss on the Forum dedicated to each DLA with the expert and colleagues.
Interactive and peer to peer learning are the key ingredients of a successful formative experience, beside a great chance to share best practices and tackle common challenges of the teaching profession and mission.
Thanks to free and easily accessible technology, virtually each teacher of Europe can connect with colleagues, get teaching resources and take the best from unique professional development activities, in a human sized environment.
During the first year of activities, 120 teachers have attended a DLA, and more than 90% said that they would recommend a DLA to colleagues. Be sure to be one of the attendees of the next DLA, follow Amgen Teach on European Schoolnet page on Facebook, look for #AmgenTeach on Twitter and check regularly the website!