What is Inspire
Inspire is a two-year project run under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme within the context of the Lisbon agenda. Inspire is coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN), a network of 28 ministries of education in Europe, with the Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (bmu:kk), the Thüringen Institute for Teacher Training, Continuous Training and Media (ThILLM), the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania (smm.lt) and Educonsult, a Belgian educational consultancy (Educonsult) as partners.
How does Inspire work?
Inspire has set up a limited validation observatory where 60 schools in Europe will use, test, and analyse new didactical tools in the field of MST. On the Inspire website the pilot schools are able to choose from 60 learning objects to be applied in their science lessons. During the project, schools regularly provide reports of students’ and teachers’ feedback on the new teaching methods.
The project will rely on previous R&D activities and implement the following activities:
- Implement three school pilots involving a total of 60 schools in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Lithuania.
- Define the protocol of experimentation and organise the training of the pilot schools via training of trainers’ session.
- Launch and monitor the experimentation activity for a period of 10 months with the pilot schools.
- Analyse the impact and feedback of this experimentation.
- Draw the lessons and propose recommendations, action plan and concrete support (e.g. a handbook for teachers) for generalizing such an approach.
- Ensure the dissemination of this project via a dedicated science education portal based on the existing Xplora portal.
- Ensure the exploitation of this project via the organisation of an international summer school and the development of an online community of practice for educators regarding the use of digital learning resources in MST.
Contact: Àgueda Gras-Velázquez, agueda.gras[at]eun.org