The PENCIL Science Teachers Conference in Technopolis®, the Flemish science centre, ended with a great success
More than 120 participants attended the final PENCIL Science Teachers Conference in Mechelen, 14. 6. - 16. 6. 2007. About 100 science teachers from all over Europe were given a chance to see the results of the PENCIL project and get an idea for future cooperation with science centres.
Xplora – European Schoolnets European Science Education Gateway was coorganizing the final Teachers Conference of the PENCIL project with ECSITE, the organisation of European Science Centres. During two and a half days, representatives of pilot projects and project partners of the PENCIL project showed their results to science teachers.
In a series of panel presentations, the auditorium was informed about the purpose of the project and the outcome of pilot projects. A series of workshops then allowed science teachers to dive into practice in selected pilot projects, the use of innovative digital resources collected by the Xplora team and the technologically brand-new eCourses. Based on the well known Moodle Open Source Learning Management System (LMS), Xplora created a complete Moodle system on a USB memory stick, which starts a Moodle server with a complete LAN binding without the need to install or configure the software. The system has been named MOUSE (Moodle On Usb Stick Environment). INDIRE, the Italian teacher training institute, showed up with their teacher training courses, specially designed to run on the MOUSE and other Moodle servers.
Technopolis as the host of the conference supported the participants with an excellent technical infrastructure and always available members of a caring support team. It was this atmosphere of feeling home, which made the participants feel comfortable. In this environment it was easy to get the motivation and inspiration to continue using and developing innovation in the science education classroom.
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