Distance Learning Activity #8 is a success!

The 8th Distance Learning Activity from Amgen Teach ended on 18th November, with many teachers from across Europe sharing their experience and opinions on their ways to actively address the nature of science in an inspiring way. The discussion was moderated by Christian Bertsch, professor of Science Education at the University of Teacher Education in Vienna.

 

A total of 191 people registered to participate in the DLA and followed its development over the course of the week. 

During the first days of the DLA, teachers introduced themselves and shared their experience with teaching science and interest in improving their methods. Many of them took advantage in the new features of the page, such as the padlet which made it easy for them to post messages and links to some of their work.

                            

Before the webinar on the Wednesday, 16th November, Christian Bertsch introduced an activity for the participants: he posted an image of several bones and asked the teachers to give their answers about what kind of animal they think the bones belong to.

     

The teachers were very active in sharing their opinion and trying to solve the mystery. They applied their knowledge of biology and zoology and discussed each other's arguments against or in favor of certain suggestions. Some even cut out the bones and rearranged them to help the process of discovering the nature of the animal.

The effort put into the assignment was appreciated by Christian Bertsch:

"Thank you for your thoughts. We are in the middle of an inquiry process and simoulaneously adressing the nature of science. On the basis of your observations (bones) you infer about the appearance and habitat of the extinct animal and you use very good arguments to support your ideas. That is what science is all about. Coming to conclusions on the basis of gathered data and support the conclusion with evidence and arguments."
On 16 November, 37 teachers attended the live session, in which Christian Bertsch gave a live presentation of 45 – 60 min. and further elaborated on the topic of the DLA, with live discussion afterwards. The webinar recording is available here.
 
At the end of the Distance Learning Activity, 30 participants received a participation certificate from Amgen Teach.