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European Green Competence Framework published

The development of a European sustainability competence framework GreenComp  is one of the key education policy actions set out in the European Green Deal. This seeks to act as a catalyst to promote learning on environmental sustainability in the European Union.

GreenComp identifies a set of twelve sustainability competences to feed into education programmes to help learners develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote ways to think, plan and take action.greencomp

The GreenComp competences are organised into four inter-related ‘areas’, applicable to learners all ages, education levels and settings:
– embodying sustainability values,
– embracing complexity in sustainability,
– envisioning sustainable futures, and
– acting for sustainability.

Access here GreenComp in 24 EU official languages

GreenComp is a reference model for sustainability competences. It provides a common basis to learners and guidance to educators and institutions. It can be used by everyone involved in lifelong learning to design learning opportunities aimed at developing sustainability competences.

GreenComp fosters a sustainability mindset by helping users develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to think, plan and act with empathy, responsibility and care for our planet.

Access the article: From sustainability competences (GreenComp) to sustainable behaviour 

GreenComp can be readily applied to the TECCHED curriculum approach to climate change education for teacher training.

Partners publish first TECCHED videos

TECCHED is an Erasmus Plus project that aims to design and implement a technology-enhanced global climate change curriculum for teacher education programs that fosters the development of character and values.

In order to achieve this, TECCHED has;

– designed and started to implement a technology-enhanced climate change curriculum in partner universdities. The purpose is to raise awareness in teacher education programs of the importance of fighting against climate change. The curriculum seeks to foster the development of skills and values for responsible and active citizenship.tecched video image

– produced resources in an interactive e-book that helps teach scientific knowledge about climate change and which foster ‘character and values’ development of student teachers regarding climate change. This is supported by appropriate pedagogical approaches and valuable tools and technologies through a technology cataloguue.

– design the curriculum for technology-enhanced teaching of climate change that fosters character and values development in education faculties,

The ‘character and values’ help individuals to make responsible decisions about global socio-scientific issues such as climate change. They include developing an ecological worldview (humans are embedded in the environment), socio-scientific accountability by taking socio political actions, social and moral compassion (feeling empathy and respect for others.

The work of partners has been highlighted by short videos of the work of partners in meetings and sessions with staff and students. Go to the videos

Interactive enriched book on climate change published

e-book imageThe TECCHED project has designed and produced an technology-supported climate change enriched book  dealing with the teacher training curriculum researched in partner universities and prepared earlier in the project.

The enriched book explicitly targets the development of character and values, while increasing the TPACK of faculty members for teaching climate change.

TPACK is a framework that emphasizes the integration of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge to enhance teaching and learning experiences

TPACK diagRAMTPACK (Mishra & Koehler, 2006) is a model for thinking about teaching knowledge and how the different types of knowledge a teacher has about the content they are teaching, the ways they teach the content, and the tools they use to support how they teach.

The model seeks to go beyond all three “core” components (content, pedagogy, and technology). Technological pedagogical content knowledge is an understanding that emerges from interactions among content, pedagogy, and technology knowledge.

There are 4 chapter headings defined in the curriculum:
Content knowledge
– Causes of change
– Effects of change
– Mitigation and adaptation.

A broad range of issues are covered from policy making to dealing with drought; human health to biodiversity loss;  greenhouse effect and consumption; and carbon footprint to sustainable  solutions.

With this book, the researched needs of faculty members are being met by the creation of open access teaching materials.

The enriched book content can also be used by teachers in their own classrooms and by pre-service teachers in their lessons at their internship schools, both in technology-supported face-to-face environments and through distance education.

This enriched book serves as interactive materials for educators to teach the topic of climate change.

Explore the enriched book

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Technology tools for teaching about climate

toolkit imageAs part of the TECCHED Project, partners have researched, selected and assessed a large number of technology tools useful for teacher training and teaching in secondary schools. Twenty seven tools of these tools were selected for further analysis and review.

The tools were then classified as either generic or climate-specific. The reviews of these tools have been catalogued and are published on the TECCHED Web site as part of the Learning Platform.

The climate-specific tools include information sites, apps and Web sites with climate data and dashboards, climate games and simulations.

Visit the Catalogue of technological tools.

TECCHED enriched book information event

teachersOn April 15th 2024, the University of Ruse hosted an information event to present the developed electronic-based interactive book created by the TECCHED project – “Developing a Curriculum for Climate Change Based on Modern Technologies”.

The event was attended by students and professors from disciplines: Pedagogy, Ecology and Environmental Conservation, Business and Management, etc.

The meeting was opened by the project manager Prof. Dr. Nikola Mikhailov, DHC. Dr. Tsvetelin Georgiev presented the developed curriculum and e-book embedded in the activities of the TECCHED project. Doc. Dr. Seher Kadirova presented the section “Carbon footprint and personal lifestyle choice”.

Assoc. Dr. Tsvetelina Georgieva then introduced participants to “Extreme Meteorological Events, Infrastructure Damage, Power Supply”.

At the end of the event, a discussion was held on the presented information materials. Participants completed a survey for feedback and impressions related to the information provided.

The interactive book contains chapters on content knowledge about climate; the causes of climate change’ the effects of climate change and mitigation and adaptation.

See the interactive book

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E-book on climate change presented

photo On March 16 2024 the e-book presentation event of the Erasmus+ KA220 program project TECHCHED “Technology Enhanced Climate Change Curriculum Design” was held at the Education Academy of Vytautas Magnus University.

The aim of the international cooperation project is to provide educators with effective teaching/learning tools to solve global challenges.

An innovative, technology-based climate change education competency development program for educators and pedagogy students, lesson plans, a digital book, and a learning platform have been created.

The TECCHED project outputs pay special attention to the development of values.meeting photo

The project event was attended by students and teachers of the English language, ethics, and history modules of the Vytautas Magnus University Education Academy’s teacher retraining studies: Assoc. Dr. Linas Jašinauskas, Heather Gaddis Godfrey, doc. Dr. Augustinas Dainys, prof. Dr. Leta Dromantienė, Danguolė Bylaitė-Šalavėjienė, prof. Dr. Giedrė Kvieskienė, Vilma Leonavičienė.

The Erasmus+ KA220 initiative TECHCHED “Technology Enhanced Climate Change Curriculum Design” is supported by the European Commission. This international project is implemented by Vytautas the Great University (Lithuania), Ruse University (Bulgaria), EUROGEO (Belgium), EOLAS (Spain), Liepaja University (Latvia), Bitlis Eren University (Turkey), Ege University (Turkey).

Find out more about TECCHED : Designing a Technology-enhanced Climate Change Education Curriculum

Original article (Lithuanian)

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Coding for climate initiative

The aim of TECCHED is to use technology to help teach/learn about the climate crisis.  This interesting new initiative came to our attention.coding logo

A new activity called Coding for Climate has been launched by Take Action Global (TAG), an NGO with formal association with the United Nations.

Teachers and their students will seek to find a solution for climate change through their preferred ICT-tools: Minecraft, Scratch, Micro:bit, AI, App prototyping, web, etc. The sky is the limit!coding community image

Participants can even join without computers as they are provided with activities which allow them to code without technology (unplugged coding).

This is a free initiative open to all teachers. Find more information here:

So far more than 1200 teachers across more than 45 countries have joined. Feel free to register (free).

When is this initiative starting?

Launch: March 11 2024
End: April 22 2024

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The initiative provides engaging activities for students: using ICT for good.
Teachers will become part of a global community of like-minded educators
Teachers are in charge and they decide how much time students can spend on the project.
The initiative involves problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration on global scale
All participants will receive an individualised diploma.

Coding for Climate will provide lesson plans, guidelines and help
In partnership with Earth Day

Find out more

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On the road in the green direction

“On the road in the green direction” is the theme of the first 2024 issue of the magazine “Energetics-Electrical Energy Perspectives

The new issue of the Bulgarian magazine ” Energy – Electricity foreshortenings” was published under the motto “On the road in the green direction”.

The keynote articles present the conversations with the member of the European Parliament Tsvetelina Penkova and the vice-chairman of the Bulgarian Energy and Mining Forum Anton Ivanov, dealing with the preparation progress of the Energy Strategy and the update of the Integrated Plan in the field of energy and climate. Researchers and professors from universities, eminent experts from practice, members of the public, etc. also participated in the discussion on how to walk the path in the green direction.

The issue also includes the section “With care for nature”, presenting the initiative of energy companies and non-governmental organisations to preserve the fauna in Bulgaria. The experience of environmentalists to create a new forest in the area of Sofia, Bulgaria is presented.

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Source:  https://3e-news.net/bg/a/view/51150/po-pytja-v-zelenata-posoka-e-temata-na-pyrvija-za-2024-g-broj-na-sp-energetika-elektroenergijni-rakursi

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Preparation for designing a technology-enhanced climate change education curriculum started with the TECCHED Project

partner meeting The Erasmus+ KA220 initiative, “Technology Enhanced Climate Change Curriculum Design” (TECCHED), supported by the European Commission, brings together leading higher education institutions Ruse University, Liepaja University, Vytauto Didziojo University, Bitlis Eren University, Ege University, as well as EOLAS and EUROGEO. Find out more about the partners 

Target Audience: University Faculty Members Working in Teacher Training Departments

This collaborative project targets university faculty members in Teacher Training Departments. Its primary goal is to develop an innovative, technology-driven curriculum for climate change education that nurtures character and values in preservice teachers.meeting brussels

The project began by assessing the understanding of climate change among preservice teachers and the needs of faculty members. This extensive approach involved 60 preservice teachers from four countries and featured in-depth focus group discussions with 20 faculty members.

The project’s outcome will be a technology-enhanced climate change curriculum, an enriched book, and a digital learning platform for educators.

A pivotal moment in Brussels led to the decision to create an e-book accessible to all stakeholders.

Ultimately, TECCHED promises to transform climate change education, equipping future teachers with the knowledge and tools to effectively address this global challenge.

Find out more about the project results 

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Using digital climate data in schools

“Climate change concerns all of us, and everyone can take action for the climate” (European Commission, 2020).

Our planet is experiencing significant and accelerated change caused by greenhouse gases emitted by human activities. We are gathering significant scientific data looking to understand and then seek solutions to the problem.

Understanding the causes, effects and implications of climate change needs to be central to school education. ttf logo

Teach The Future (TTF) is an Eraqsmus Plus project has been designed to promote a highly relevant educational approach to climate change education, by applying open science and open data principles to the framework of a digital citizenship educational paradigm.

The Teach the Future project fits closely with the aims of the TECCHED project as young people are deeply concerned about the climate crisis. Many are angry that action is still not being taken when it is their future at stake.

Launched with the vision to integrate climate education into school curricula, this project has far exceeded its initial goals, fundamentally reshaping how climate change is taught in classrooms. Explore the pedagogical report on climate education

At the heart of the project are a set of innovative resources and methodologies developed for educators and providing access to authentic climate data in dashboards of histoical temperature and precipitation and future forecasts of the predicted temperatures across the globe. These resources demonstrate the warming climate. Visit the digital climate data dashboardsdashboard global predicted temperature

Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of climate change, “Teach the Future” has crafted a diverse array of teaching materials. These range from interactive games that engage students in environmental stewardship, to comprehensive lesson plans that weave climate awareness into subjects like science, geography, and even literature.  Find out more about the project results

Understanding that change begins with educators, the project has placed significant emphasis on teacher training to effectively communicate the complexities of climate change. Visit the onlione teacher training course

training modules imageThe project’s legacy includes a network of informed and enthusiastic educators, ready to inspire a new generation of environmentally conscious students.

Looking ahead, the success of “Teach the Future” serves as a blueprint for future educational initiatives.

Since the focus of the project is equipping educators and students with new skills, it is demonstrated that with the right tools and commitment, schools can play a pivotal role in shaping a more sustainable future. Visit the teacher stories from the project