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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:
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– 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.

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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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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

 

 

 

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TECCHED: a technology-driven educational climate change curriculum

Scientists and scholars from Ege University are embarking on a visionary initiative to craft a technology-driven educational curriculum focused on the pressing issue of climate change.

Against the backdrop of Ege University’s recent commitment to being a green and sustainable institution, distinguished for hosting impactful projects, the university has enthusiastically endorsed a new endeavour led by academics dedicated to addressing climate change education.photo

The project entitled “Designing a Technology-enhanced Climate Change Education Curriculum (TECCHED),” specifically centres around integrating technology into climate change education.

Notably, the project has earned funding from the Bulgarian National Agency under the Erasmus + KA220- Collaboration Partnerships in the Field of Higher Education call.

Multidisciplinary project with international partners

This ambitious, multidisciplinary project involves collaboration among five universities spanning Turkey, Bulgaria, Latvia, and Lithuania. Additionally, a non-profit organization from Belgium and a small and medium-sized enterprise from Spain are integral contributors to this international consortium. Find out more about the partners

The overarching goal of this two-year initiative is to meticulously formulate a technology-enhanced curriculum for climate change education.

This curriculum is strategically designed to influence the character and value development within pre-service teacher education programs.

As part of the project’s comprehensive approach, an interactive book and a cutting-edge digital learning platform will be meticulously crafted to augment the educational experience. Find out more about the results 

Find out more about the award

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Climate Change Awareness Rising in Spain, but Challenges Remain in Education

Awareness on the Rise:climate demo photo

Movements such as Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion have gained strength in Spain, leading to protests and demanding concrete actions to combat climate change.

Gradual Integration into the School Curriculum:

Climate change education has begun to be integrated into school curricula, albeit gradually and variably among different regions of the country. An interdisciplinary approach is observed, addressing not only the scientific aspects, but also the economic, social and ethical aspects associated with the problem.

Specific Educational Programs:

biblio photoSome educational institutions and NGOs have implemented specific programs to raise awareness and educate students about climate change. The programs often include hands-on activities and projects to encourage the active participation of young people in the fight against global warming.

An example of such programs is “Bibliokepos” which brings the topic to debate in different libraries in Seville. Another example of this growing awareness of climate change is that even the medical community is calling for climate change training to be included in medical degrees in Spain.

References

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Medical training on climate change

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Raising Climate Change Awareness

CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS BEGINS TO BE RAISED IN TURKISH SCHOOLS

The TEMA Foundation is a non-governmental organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of environmental and nature issues in Turkey. The Foundation undertakes various initiatives to provide children with knowledge and awareness about an important issue such as climate change. TEMA web page

The foundation enables children to take an active role in climate change by organising various events and projects in schools. Thanks to these activities, students have the opportunity to increase their environmental awareness by participating in activities to protect nature.

The main initiative that the TEMA Foundation carries out in schools is the “Environmentally Friendly School” project. This project assesses the level of environmental awareness of schools and provides support for the dissemination of environmentally friendly practises.

The TEMA Foundation has created a digital platform called the Climate Change Education Portal for children and young people to educate themselves about climate change. This portal is accessible online and can be used free of charge.

The Climate Change Education Portal was developed to inform children and young people about climate change, raise awareness and encourage them to take action.TEMA platform for children

The portal aims to capture the attention of students with interactive and entertaining content.

The content of the portal includes basic information such as what climate change is, its causes and effects, as well as topics such as actions that can be taken to combat climate change, sustainable energy sources and recycling. There are also various events, games and videos on the portal.

The climate change education portal is designed as a resource that teachers and parents can also use. Teachers can use the portal’s materials in their lessons and help students raise awareness about climate change. Teachers also receive a certificate at the end of the training.

Parents can explore the portal with their children and establish opportunities to talk about climate change and share information. This is an important step in raising awareness about climate change in schools.

Find out more
TEMA Home Page https://iklimtema.org/
Climate Change Education and Awareness Project https://www.tema.org.tr/calismalarimiz/egitim/egitim-projeleri/iklim-degisikligi
News: ‘Climate change’ lesson coming to schools https://www.diken.com.tr/okullara-iklim-degisikligi-dersi-geliyor/
Turkish Ministry of National Education on Climate in Schools https://www.meb.gov.tr/iklim-degisikligi-calismalari-kapsaminda-okullarda-yeni-donemin-yol-haritasi-belirlendi/haber/27748/tr