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Malta’s Schools Love our Ocean | Our Ocean 2017

Malta’s Schools Love our Ocean | Our Ocean 2017 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Young people are tomorrow's ocean champions. “Malta’s Schools Love Our Ocean” will generate their awareness and engage them in identifying solutions and actions that protect our ocean. The project will provide an opportunity for young people aged 10-15 to learn more about the ocean and its amazing diversity of plants and animals. Students will discover how to protect our seas and marine life. They will learn how to involve peers, communities and decision-makers.
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DG Mare is still looking for schools in Malta to participate in this educational initiative
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Classcraft - Make learning an adventure

Classcraft - Make learning an adventure | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Classcraft is a free online educational role-playing game that teachers and students play together in the classroom. Acting as a gamification layer around any existing curriculum, the game transforms the way a class is experienced, throughout the school year. Explore the different sections below to get a better understand of how Classcraft works.

 

 


Via Nik Peachey
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Its going to be interesting to see how much traction this gets in the school sector.... and then what happens when these students land in University lectures....! 

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Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, September 5, 2014 11:37 PM

Do you want to gamify your classroom? Try Classcraft!

 

William Henderson's curator insight, September 14, 2014 10:00 AM

Brilliant.. gamification here we go!

magnus sandberg's curator insight, October 1, 2014 4:23 AM

I don't know how I feel about Classcraft. Is it a way to make school more exciting or is it a way to make games more boring. Or both? Or neither? I dont know, but it certainly is interesting!

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Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe: Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub - European Commission

Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe:  Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub - European Commission | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Mainstreaming ICT enabled Innovation in Education and Training in Europe: Policy actions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level. - JRC Science Hub

 

In this report policy recommendations for up calling creative classrooms are presented. Almost 150 experts participated in on line consultation and evaluated the 60 policy recommendations, that were collected at several stages of the project. The recommendations were clustered into seven dimensions presenting a holistic agenda for education reform: content and curricula, assessment, school staff professional development, research, organisation and leadership, connectedness and infrastructure. Policy on the EU level as well as on local, regional and school level should support agents of change in their mainstreaming and up-scaling innovative practices. The on-line consultation revealed the following dimensions as most important: school staff professional development, infrastructure and assessment. In general however, there was broad agreement that all the dimensions need to be addressed for further developing and mainstreaming ICT- enabled innovation for learning in Europe.

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This report from JRC is more focused on schools, but will still be of interest to teachers in further and higher education

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
An educator's guide to open educational resources (OER), including online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open textbooks.
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Useful starting point for exploration into OER, although mainly focused on school level education.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Mobile Learning

Five-Minute Film Festival: Mobile Learning | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Intrigued by the idea of using mobile devices for instructional purposes in the classroom? This playlist from VideoAmy will give you some tips and insights into the challenges and the promise of mobile learning.

Via Nik Peachey
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The focus is on schools, but many of the principles are common in tertiary education

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Mark Pegrum's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:13 PM

Some useful videos on the why and how of mobile learning.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:52 AM

Thanks to Nik Peachey for sharing this video resource post from Edutopia. If you are not familiar with Edutopia, I strongly encourage you to follow them on Twitter (@edutopia) as well as visit the edutopia.org website. Edutopia has a vast collection of education based strategies along with a growing collection of highly respected educators blogging.

 

I plan on using this post to help lead into my video unit with my Sterling College pre-service students. 

Claudia Sahagún's comment, September 25, 2013 1:34 PM
I really think this videos are an excellent way to learning how technology is used in classrooms.
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Farmed in the EU - School Project - Learning about European Aquaculture - European Commission

Farmed in the EU - School Project - Learning about European Aquaculture - European Commission | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

It may be the fastest growing sector in food production worldwide, but aquaculture, or fish farming, remains surprisingly unknown to many outside of the industry.

The “Farmed in the EU” school project has been designed to raise awareness of the aquaculture sector among Europe’s teenagers (12-18 years old). The project will bring students closer to fish farming and find out how it affects their local community. They will explore its role in food production and in preserving the environment. And they'll discover the different business and career opportunities aquaculture offers.

There is plenty of scope for student research and discovery of the different marine and freshwater fish, molluscs, crustaceans and algae which are produced and the different traditional and more modern production methods used.

The project is currently being piloted in 20 schools across 10 EU countries (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom).

It’s back to school for aquaculture producers

A key part of the project is an on-site visit by a local fish farmer, providing students with the opportunity to talk to an expert, to build on their own research, and to take part in a fun and interactive visitor session.

A project kit has been designed for teachers to give you everything you need to help them plan and run the project, from the first lesson, through the visit, to the follow up activities which can focus on anything from Nutrition & Cooking, Science & Technology, or Communication and Arts.

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Let's hope school teachers have the time and freedom to pick up this resource and find aquaculture producers ready to engage..

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Remember the young ones: Improving career opportunities for Britain’s young people | IPPR

Remember the young ones: Improving career opportunities for Britain’s young people | IPPR | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This report looks at five critical elements of the school-to-work transition for young people – the role of employers, vocational education, apprenticeships, careers guidance, and the benefits system – and at lessons the UK can learn from European economies with better youth employment records.

A long period without work at a young age can have a long-lasting effect on a person’s life chances, leading to a higher future likelihood of unemployment and lower future earnings. For this reason, UK policymakers should be particularly worried about the present level of youth unemployment. There are currently 868,000 young people aged 16–24 unemployed in the UK, and 247,000 of them have been looking for work for over a year.

This is not simply due to the financial crash and recession. While the last six or seven years have been particularly tough for the latest generation of young people, even before the financial crisis many of those entering the labour market for the first time were struggling to compete with older workers for jobs. This suggests that even a full-blown economic recovery is unlikely to solve the problem of youth unemployment in the UK.

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Another report from the UK Institute for Policy Research on vocational education and the need for strong engagement between employers and the education system. The UK needs to learn lessons from elsewhere in Europe!

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Trout in the Classroom gives students hands-on experience

Trout in the Classroom gives students hands-on experience | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Trout in the Classroom projects got their start in this area, quite appropriately, because of fish.  The program is now rippling out, so hundreds of middle and high school students each year learn more about fish, streams, stream ecology and how to protect the water.


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Good example of introducing fish culture to school students as part of a wider learning agenda.

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Serge @ FARNET.'s curator insight, February 10, 2014 9:12 AM

Great idea to help fish migrate from the school's menu to the school's program

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Aquaculture in action - NZ Educational Materials

Aquaculture in action - NZ Educational Materials | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The New Zealand Government has created the Aquaculture in Action, web-based educational resource (Aquaculture Fact Sheet) to provide students with meaningful social sciences and science learning opportunities. 

 

To bring the fact sheets into the classroom the resource also includes a teacher’s guide and how the resource links to the New Zealand Curriculum.

 

The lesson plans were developed for Years 7 through 10.

The plans were created to assist teachers in helping students investigate and learn about aquaculture, as well as its impact on the economy and environment.

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This is a great initiative and good example of how aquaculture can be brought into the classroom - just needs a mark 2 version with some video and real sea spray!

 

Incidentally, the links provided do not currently link directly so this may be better: http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Commercial/Aquaculture/Aquaculture+Archive/default.htm  (under Education). 

 

See also http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/Starfish/default.htm For more educational resources in fisheries.

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Virtual Marine Scientist - Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande, IPKL, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Virtual Marine Scientist - Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande, IPKL, University of Gothenburg, Sweden | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Do you want your secondary school students to understand how science really works in the lab and how research is carried out? Do you want them to investigate and learn about pressing marine environmental issues? In that case, Virtual Marine Scientist (VMS) is what you need!


The Virtual Marine Scientist project aims to familiarise students (16‐19 years) with the concrete conditions in which scientists work and research is carried out. In this virtual environment, students discover how to design and run experiments in environmental science. Virtual Marine Scientist offers a stimulating context in which to learn about experimental work, including elements of cooperation and problem solving.

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This looks to be a very useful project ... get in touch and give it a try if you are teaching marine science to the target age group.

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