Title Animated Science
Project Number LLP-Ldv-Tol/DK/2007/712
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
This project will contribute to make the initial science education much more motivating by introducing and giving science teachers a specialized training course in the use of anima-tion as a didactic tool. Animation is a strong, visual language with many didactic forces. When using animation the science teachers are involving pupils and students actively in their own learning process. By creating they go behind the phenomena, they learn, they understand, they control and they feel ‘seriously amused’. Also animation makes it possible to embrace all students in the class-room - the teaching becomes inclusive. A large number of scientists, who work with cognitive psychology and pedagogy, have stressed that the new creative tools contain remarkable potential because of their inclusive character.
This project proposal is based on the project “Teaching with Animation” (TWA) – see sec-tion B.2. TWA is a project that intends to contribute to making teaching with animation a much more frequent and well-disseminated learning methodology in the general curricula in the future primary and secondary school system in Europe, than the situation is today. To achieve this aim the project has developed a user-friendly and low-cost self-instructive train-ing manual in how to start teaching with animation. The manual can work as a tool for teaching all age groups and both children with and without learning disabilities, and there is no restriction on which subject they teach. The central aspect of this project has been the training of active teachers and in minor scale initial teacher training.
The project intends to contribute to making science education in primary and secondary schools more interesting and motivating to a larger group of students than the situation is today. Reports and tests such as e.g. the PISA Test (Programme for International Student Assessment) show that the students’ literacy in science is poor. Moreover, the students’ interest in science is remarkably low and a large number of people would not consider studying or making a career in the field of science.
This project intends to cope with this tendency and will contribute to make science more interesting and appeal-ing to a larger group of students. The way to achieve this aim is to introduce animation as an innovative, inclu-sive and didactic tool and provide the science teachers with an online vocational training tutorial teaching them how to implement animation in their teaching in the primary and secondary schools.
The online vocational training tutorial for science teachers will be developed, tested and disseminated by a part-nership of European organisations with expert knowledge and experience in using animation as an innovative learning methodology. In addition, the partners have experience in the development of further education material for teachers and in teacher training. A part of the partnership is currently in the process of developing a teacher training manual on how to teach with animation.
These experiences make the partnership very competent in developing a tutorial for teachers. The partners, animators as well as researchers, are used to collaborating with teachers and to transferring alternative teaching methods into concrete lesson plans. Furthermore, they have acquired an understanding of the educational cul-ture of teachers and are capable of combining and transferring the competences from the field of animation to the educational sector. To strengthen the partnership even further, experts in the field of science are also in-volved in the development of the tutorial in order to assure that the illustrated topics are well-chosen and that the lesson plans are applicable.
The online vocational training tutorial will consist of concrete lesson plans that will be a step by step guide to the teachers on how to implement animation in their teaching. The concrete lesson plans describe a scientific topic which is illustrated with an animation. Furthermore, the lesson plans include a description on how the animation is made and how the teacher can use it either as an illustration or as an assignment for the students in a teach-ing situation. The tutorial will also include guidance and advices and various examples of animation used in sci-ence. The teachers will get a tool so they are able to approach and communicate dry and difficult topics in an entertaining and different way and gain the students interest in the field of science.
Open and distance learning
material for open learning
"Animated Science": DVD and Booklet. An Interactive Guide for teachers on how to teach science and nature with animation.
"Animated Science": Online Interactive Guide for Teachers on how to teach science and nature with animation. www.animatedscience.dk
"Teaching with Animation": An interactive guide for teachers on how to teach with animation. Find it on: www.animwork.dk/twa.