The aim of the course taking place in the context of the project "Open Discovery Space: A socially-powered and multilingual open learning infrastructure to boost the adoption of eLearning resources" (www.opendiscoveryspace.eu) is to have a positive impact on the development of students' problem solving, collaboration, and effective communication skills by promoting the use of real world learning activities by immersing participating teachers in the process of resource based approaches via their interaction with a unique collection of open digital educational resources (linked with the associated curricula). The resources to be used have proven their efficiency and efficacy in promoting problem-solving education and collaboration (some examples: www.cosmosportal.eu, www.osrportal.eu, www.natural-europe.eu, www.organic-edunet.eu). These resources do not impose a fixed curriculum but support the development of a model that can be customised to reflect location and culture as well as cross-disciplinary situations where the curricular areas that might be applicable are not within a single subject area of science, mathematics and thus are ideal to be used in the European context providing differentiated instruction. In addition, teachers will be trained to select appropriate freely available ICT tools that suit their own needs in terms of planning, implementing and sharing pedagogical ideas, managing their classroom, and organising the curriculum. This will further empower them to create effective problem solving scenarios to use in their classrooms with their students as well as in multiple environments such as face-to-face, online and other technology mediated learning. Such an approach enabling all stakeholders (teachers pre-service and in-service, teachers' trainers, curriculum developers) to examine their own practices in the light of the best performing approaches.
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