- Pilot activities
Last April and May Ellinogermaniki Agogi together with the University of South Wales and NUCLIO organized two workshops in Bulgaria and United Kingdom. In both workshops the Go-Lab project and the Go-Lab Portal were presented and the teachers were introduced to the "Big Ideas of Science" as a method for organization of inquiry learning activities in the class. Furthermore, the teachers had the opportunity to get familiar with the Go-Lab Inquiry Learning Spaces (ILSs) and online labs as well as with these "Big Ideas of Science" to be clear how they can be explained to the students.
The set of "Big Ideas of Science" used in Go-Lab consist of the following statements:
- Energy cannot be created or destroyed
- There are four fundamental interactions/forces in nature
- Earth is a very small part of the universe
- All matter in the Universe is made of very small particles
- In very small scales our world is subjected to the laws of quantum mechanics
- Evolution is the basis of both the unity of life and the biodiversity of organisms
- Organisms are organized on a cellular basis
- Earth is a system of systems which influences and is influenced by life on the planet
These "Big Ideas" are important for teachers to represent connection between different subjects the students are taught at school. In order to support teaching with the "Big Ideas of Science", each online lab and ILS in the Go-Lab Repository is assigned to one or more "Big Ideas". Thus, the teachers can search for online labs and ILSs explaining particular concepts and create lesson plans centered around these concepts and employing appropriate online labs.
To learn more about the "Big Ideas of Science" and find tools for your class, visit the Go-Lab Repository: http://www.golabz.eu/big-ideas