Director of International Centre for STEM Education (ICSE), University of Education Freiburg.
T³ Europe Virtual Sharing Inspiration Conference
Four online conferences and monthly webinars
As a STEM teacher would you like to share information, learn from, and engage with other teachers in an international environment? Join our T³ Europe Virtual Sharing Inspiration Conference!
In 2021, the biennial conference Sharing Inspiration will go virtual. This means the conference will for the first time be open to all European STEM teachers that wish to learn and exchange on STEM Education topics! What is new is that Sharing Inspiration offers year-round activities for teachers, such as quarterly conferences and monthly webinars.
Quarterly conference topics
January 21 - Applying Research in STEM Classrooms Concretely
April 22 - STEM Education for a Sustainable World
September 16 - Computational Thinking and Coding in the Classroom
November 18 - Energy – The Elephant in the Room
Sharing Inspiration since 2007
Many teachers from different European countries involved in the T³ Europe network have been meeting every second year since 2007 in the ‘Sharing Inspiration’-conference. Every year teachers were invited to take part in the conference. Now that the conference will be held online we invite all STEM teachers to participate in Sharing Inspiration. “The added value is that you learn from each other and that you make international contacts,” according to one of the participants.
For January 21st, the topic will be Applying Research in STEM Classrooms Concretely with the following program:
Adapting mathematics and science education to the demands of our societies – what we know from research15h - 15h45
Is our mathematics and science education appropriate for educating young people for the challenges of tomorrow? Katja Maass will use Covid19 as an example to illustrate in which direction Mathematics education should go to enable students to act as responsible citizens. She outlines what research in mathematics education says about this direction and which aspects have proven efficiency.And science education? Many science educators avoid dealing with mathematics because "students dislike covering maths in science class", despite society needing more engineers. Ian Galloway takes another perspective and argues for emphasizing mathematics in science education – to reinforce education for citizenship and encourage students to see the relevance of mathematics. He will talk about the challenges of using vectors in science!
Break 15h45 - 16h00
Features of Thought-Provoking STEM Acivities
16h - 16h45
STEM education has received increasing attention in recent years. Several studies indicate that a holistic understanding of STEM, through the integration of STEM disciplines, may improve students’ motivation and understanding. Nonetheless, approaches on how the discipline integration can be achieved are varied. Throughout our professional development programs, teachers asked us several questions related to STEM education:
- What are the criteria for a good STEM activity?
- What would be the outcomes of this activity and how can we assess a STEM activity?
- Do you think this is a STEM activity?
- How can we spur students’ motivation and scientific thinking?
- Which learning theories best form the basis of STEM education?
Accordingly, this session discusses some concrete examples of thought provoking STEM activities and attempts to highlight teachers’ voice in STEM education. Indeed, we need to acknowledge that success is partly driven by teachers.
Notes for teachers: If you have any other question to be addressed during this session please email to: email@example.com.
Break 16h45 - 17h00
The role of technology for the development and use of mathematical understanding
17h00 - 18h30
Introduction: Characteristic of mathematical understanding
What research says and examples for realizing research results:
- Learning by taking into account the principle of multiple representations
Theoretical background of the principle of multiple representations
Concrete examples for technology supported learning by interacting between several representations
- Aspects of learning psychology for mathematical understanding
The role of repetitive and elaborative learning strategies
Concrete examples for supporting elaborative learning strategies by using technology
- April 22 - STEM Education for a Sustainable World
- September 16 - Computational Thinking and Coding in the Classroom
- November 18 - Energy – The Elephant in the Room