Promoting Innovative Learning Approaches for the Teaching Of Natural sciences
If teaching science was once a difficult task, fear no more.
The PLATON 3D Interdisciplinary Map of Science Ideas is published!
The PLATON team identified a very common problem that teachers face when teaching science. The science curricula usually focus on standalone concepts that students can’t relate to any other topic or daily life. As such, with the aim of creating a bigger perspective of science the 3D Interdisciplinary Map of Science Ideas was created.
What does it do?
It bridges the gap between the small isolated ideas in the curricula and the Big Ideas of Science (BIS) with two intermediate levels.
How does it work?
Establishes connections between all levels.
Allows for a gradual progression from the concrete small ideas to the big abstract ones.
Makes connections between 3 Dimensions: Big Ideas of Science (1D), Subjects in which the small idea can be found (2D) and the Grade in which it is taught (3D).
What’s in it for me?
It allows you to teach science in an interdisciplinary framework, connecting different classes’ content and working together with colleague teachers!
And for my students?
By learning science in the interdisciplinary way provided by the PLATON 3D Interdisciplinary Map, students will be able to make connections between what they learn with prior knowledge, other subject’s topics and their daily lives, experiencing a more meaningful learning environment.
OK! But how do I do it?
It is very simple. Enter the Map platform at http://platon.ea.gr/map. Watch the tutorial videos to get acquainted with the idea. Then explore the buttons below:
Now imagine you were teaching your students the small idea (isolated concept) Neutralization. Click on the “small ideas of Science” button and just write the idea in the filters:
Then, select the “Apply” button and something like this will come up:
If you click on the image, a more detailed description will show.
PLATON team suggestion: Get together with other teachers before you teach any concept and create a collaborative work combining connected concepts from other disciplines.
If you are wondering …
Why should I introduce interdisciplinary learning in my school?
What are the Big Ideas of Science?
How can they be used to promote interdisciplinary learning?
How can the 3D Interdisciplinary Map of Science Ideas be used in class?
How can teachers of the same school collaborate using this Map?
Waste no time!
Enrol in this course, find the answers to all these questions and become an expert in using the 3D Interdisciplinary Map of Science Ideas in your teaching practice.
Turn your school into an interconnected and meaningful learning environment where teachers work together and students discover the true value of learning science.
PLATON is a two-year European project launched on September 2016. It aspires to provide teachers and school communities with a coherent teachers’ training framework which will update their current teaching practices. More particularly, PLATON aims to offer an open and innovative training framework to teachers of primary and secondary education which will focus on:
Promoting student-centred teaching approaches;
Promoting a holistic interdisciplinary approach;
Support the use of online educational tools;
Support the meaningful collaboration between teachers of the same school.