Our schools should be incubators of exploration and invention. They should be accelerators of innovation. They should promote Open Schooling. School leaders should set a vision for creating learning experiences that provide the right tools and supports for all learners to thrive. Teachers should be collaborators in learning, seeking new knowledge and constantly acquiring new skills alongside their students. A holistic approach to innovation is needed. We need to facilitate the process with a provision of the necessary catalyst:
This is the foreseen role of the proposed project, to describe and implement at scale a process that will facilitate the transformation of schools to innovative ecosystems, acting as shared sites of science learning for which leaders, teachers, students and the local community share responsibility, over which they share authority, and from which they all benefit through the increase of their communities’ science capital and the development of responsible citizenship.
OSOS project will create a core network of 100 Open Schooling Hubs in 12 countries. Each one of these schools will develop a network of at least 9 additional schools to form a national network of schools where the Open School Culture is introduced. Overall more than 1,000 schools will be involved in the project in two implementation phases (school year 2018-2019, and school year 2019-2020.
The OSOS project is partly funded by the European Commission. There is no costs associated with joining the OSOS initiative. Interested? Please contact your national coordinator
The OSOS project consortium
The consortium of the OSOS project is composed of a total of 19 partners representing 10 European (Greece, Finland, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Portugal, Ireland) and 2 non-European countries ( Israel and US). OSOS partners vary from school authorities, to science centres and museums, policy making organisations, universities and European associations.
Project coordinator is Ellinogermaniki Agogi
The Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem (BSMJ) is a leading informal cultural and educational institution in Israel, serving more than 300,000 visitors annually, from all sectors of Israeli society. BSMJ both develops and creates in-house its exhibitions consisting of interactive exhibits on subjects in the fields of STEM, and integrates them into a wide range of educational activities.
Cité de l’espace is one of the biggest science centres in Europe, located in the heart of the European space capital – Toulouse, France. Its facilities include: permanent and temporary exhibitions (2.500m2), 3D imax, 2 Planetariums, 2ha of Gardens displaying real size objects like rockets and satellites. Cité de l’espace welcomes 320.000 visitors every year including 50.000 students.
The University of Deusto (UD) is a private and fully recognized university with 997 members of staff and more than 12,000 students. Academic excellence of the University of Deusto is reflected in its commitment to innovative methods of learning, particularly in the new methodology of competence-based learning, own methodology of teaching, learning and assessment in a learner-based approach, and incorporation of new technologies as tools for quality education with an emphasis in meaningful learning and efficiency.
Dublin City University (DCU) transforms lives and societies through education, research and innovation. The University promotes research, scholarship and external engagement with partners in commercial, social and cultural enterprises. DCU is a leader in creating new knowledge with a focus on translating their discoveries and inventions into innovations that can benefit people’s lives.
ESHA, the European School Heads Association, is a professional organization for European School Heads. Members of ESHA are national organisations for school heads and deputy school heads within (pre-) primary, secondary and vocational education. Nearly all European countries (both EU and non-EU) are represented within ESHA by one or more organisations. ESHA is an international community in which experiences, visions and views between members are exchanged and in which new ideas are born. ESHA connects school leaders, researchers and policy makers with the collective aim to learn from each other and improve education.
Ellinogermaniki Agogi is one of Greece’s largets education inistitutions and aims to provide the appropriate environment so that the Ellinogermaniki Agogi graduates have all the necessary skills for a prosperous life and a successful career. Our school’s educational planning has a basic core and is unified from the Kindergarten all the way to Senior High School. The focal point is gradually shifted from the rich educational activities to the purely academic learning, so that, upon completing Senior High School, our students will have fulfilled all the necessary requirements in order to successfully continue their studies in Greek, German or English universities.
Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza activities aim at building a new economy based on knowledge in order to create a greater social cohesion. Città della Scienza’s science centre is an important tool for education and dissemination of scientific culture and with its Educational department promote projects connecting science and society at national, European and international dimension through exhibitions, meetings, educational campaigns.
INTRASOFT International is a leading European IT Solutions and Services Group with strong international presence, offering innovative and added-value solutions of the highest quality to a wide range of international and national public and private organisations. The company employs more than 1,600 highly-skilled professionals, representing over 20 different nationalities and mastering more than 18 languages.
NEMO Science Museum is an interactive, informal learning environment in which the general public comes into contact with science and technology. NEMO’s mission is to bring science and technology closer to the public in an interactive and accessible way, in the museum, at schools, at nationwide events and online. NEMO is an experienced project partner in a wide range of international projects in the areas of science learning and communication. The partners in our past and present collaborative ventures include universities, schools, other science centres and museums, research organizations, business, and the European Union.
ORT Israel is the leading educational network, with more than 200 educational institutes, schools and colleges. It’s specializing in the high-tech and science fields and provides knowledge, skills and values to its pupils. Its’ R&D centre develops State of the Art courses for its students and teachers. The network reflects a microcosm of Israel’s human diversity: secular and religious Jews, Druze, Arabs and Bedouin, city – dwellers and peripheral towns.
Science View is an organization that promotes science communication activities to help bridge the gap between the scientific community and the wider public in Greece as well as in Europe. The staff, members and collaborators (science communicators and science journalists) of Science View, is constantly working on making scientific knowledge useful and clearly understood by the general public. Science View is organizing activities that are in line with all aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation, since science education, public engagement, open access to scientific information, gender equality and ethical issues represent the main pillars and guiding principles of the organization.
The University of Bayreuth (UBT) is an internationally operating research university with structures capable of innovation. It offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Dr. rer. nat. degrees. A specific Centre of Math & Science Education (Z-MNU) provides the school-relevant education scenario for pre-service teachers in Math and Science and offers frequent teacher enhancement courses (PD). The head of this centre is Professor Dr. Bogner.
The University of Turku (UTU) is Finland’s second largest multidisciplinary university, with over 20,000 students and 3,000 staff members (8,8% international; 58,9% female). UTU is among the top 1% in an international QS ranking of 20.000 universities. The Department of Teacher Education is one of the 5 institutes for educating school teachers in Finland, with the ultimate goal of educating future teachers whose personal educational philosophy consists of a solid theoretical foundation, rigorous expertise, resourcefulness and critical reflection skills.