TEACHERS’ COMPUTER SUPPORTED CONSTRUCTIONS WITHIN A EUROPEAN VIRTUAL COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE SPACE FOR SCIENCES EDUCATION - An Experience Achieved in a Multinational European Project

Maria Kordaki, Gabriel Gorghiu, Mihai Bizoi

Abstract

This paper presents some essential considerations referred to the constructions performed by European teachers in terms of virtual experiments and lesson plans within the framework of a Virtual community collaborative Space for Sciences education. This framework was set up in the context of the Socrates Comenius 2.1 European project: “VccSSe - Virtual Community Collaborating Space for Science Education”. In this project, teachers from five European countries (Romania, Poland, Finland, Spain and Greece) participated in blended learning courses aiming their training for the use of Information and Communication Technologies in real teaching and learning practices. Within this framework, on-line training materials and virtual experiments were created and developed. After the end of the designed courses, teachers were asked to form their own virtual experiments and lesson plans and then to implement their products in the classrooms. The analysis of the data shows that teachers who participated in the VccSSe Project encouraged by the aforementioned blended course, expressed a favourable feedback related to the implementation of their own virtual experiments in the teaching activities.

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Kordaki M., Gorghiu G. and Bizoi M. (2010). TEACHERS’ COMPUTER SUPPORTED CONSTRUCTIONS WITHIN A EUROPEAN VIRTUAL COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE SPACE FOR SCIENCES EDUCATION - An Experience Achieved in a Multinational European Project . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-674-024-5, pages 349-356. DOI: 10.5220/0002770803490356


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author={Maria Kordaki and Gabriel Gorghiu and Mihai Bizoi},
title={TEACHERS’ COMPUTER SUPPORTED CONSTRUCTIONS WITHIN A EUROPEAN VIRTUAL COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE SPACE FOR SCIENCES EDUCATION - An Experience Achieved in a Multinational European Project},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},
year={2010},
pages={349-356},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002770803490356},
isbn={978-989-674-024-5},
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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - TEACHERS’ COMPUTER SUPPORTED CONSTRUCTIONS WITHIN A EUROPEAN VIRTUAL COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE SPACE FOR SCIENCES EDUCATION - An Experience Achieved in a Multinational European Project
SN - 978-989-674-024-5
AU - Kordaki M.
AU - Gorghiu G.
AU - Bizoi M.
PY - 2010
SP - 349
EP - 356
DO - 10.5220/0002770803490356