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.
The Open Schools for Open Societies project creates a core network of a thousand schools that together form hundred hubs in twelve countries. All these schools will be involved in the project in two implementation phases (school year 2018-2019 and school year 2019-2020).
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 3 non-European countries ( Israel. Australia 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
Ellinogermaniki Agogi ( Project Coordinator) 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.
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.
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.
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.
Foundation Open Science is an independent not for profit organization whose aim is to work for the endorsement of intellectual values and civic virtues, development of science and culture to fostering excellence in research and education at all levels, knowledge transfer and dissemination of scientific achievements to every person in the society, to stimulate innovative creativity and activity in young people.
Ciência Viva is the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, created 20 years ago to promote public awareness of science and technology and science education at a national level. CV is an association of research institutes developing activities along three complementary streams: science education (schools), public awareness of science (citizens) and a National Network of 20 Science Centres. Ciência Viva is also hosting a school in its own facilities, where primary school students have the opportunity to engage in a one week education programme integrating the school science curriculum in the learning environment of a science centre.
The European Physical Society is a forum for physicists to exchange ideas. EPS publishes journals, organizes conferences and promotes Physics in Europe. Created in 1968 the EPS is a not for profit association of physicists for physics. At that time, when European integration was more dream than reality, the establishment of the EPS was a “demonstration of the determination of scientists to make their positive contribution to the strength of European cultural unity” (from the inaugural address, G. Bernardini, EPS President, Geneva 1968). The EPS continues to play an important role in enhancing communication among physicists in Europe, and in bringing major issues in physics and science to the attention of the general public and policy makers.
Curtin University (CU) is Western Australia’s largest and most multicultural university, welcoming more than 52,000 students, around a third of whom come from a country other than Australia. Our main campus is based in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, but we also have campuses in Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai. Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017. The School of Education is recognised in the QS World University Ranking being among the Top 100 Universities in the world for the subject of Education.
The Institute of Educational Policy (IEP) was established in 2011 under Public Law. It is a private legal entity supervised by the Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and it operates for the benefit of public interest as an executive scientific body that supports the Ministry of Education, and Religious Affairs. IEP mission is scientific research and study of issues related to all levels of Primary and Secondary education and the transition to higher education, with emphasis on Curricula development, Teaching guidelines, School text books and other Teaching material, as well as continuous technical support for the design and implementation of educational policy issues.
NUCLIO – Núcleo Interativo de Astronomia – is a non-profit association whose main goals are the dissemination and teaching of science. In particular, NUCLIO uses Astronomy as a tool to foster the will to discover science and its importance to the society, and to make people aware of the world that surrounds them. NUCLIO focus on teacher training, production of contents, the implementation of Inquiry-based Learning in the classroom, and in promoting scientific literacy. Consisting both of a panel of specialists in several areas of science and educators with extensive field experience, NUCLIO brings together in one single association an unparalleled ability to deliver science innovation to all interested people.
The mission of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. We are also driven to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges.
The Institute is an independent, coeducational, privately endowed university, organized into five Schools (architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science). It has some 1,000 faculty members, more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 130,000 living alumni.
On March 2019, the Open Schooling event was held in Toulouse, France. More than 150 students, teachers and heard teachers attended the event and presented their open school project
of the third OSOS consortium meeting.