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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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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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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

 

 

 

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Online Argumentation Activities Increase Climate Change Awareness Among Preservice Science Teachers

The Tecched Project addresses the need for university university Faculty members to be better prepared to teach about climate change in their courses. The initial phase of the project involves engaging with teachers and students to determine the issues related to developing a technology-enhanced curriculum for university students.

Ege University researchers, Lokman Topbaş, an undergraduate student, and Associate Professor Bahadir Namdar, recently completed a project aimed at enhancing climate change awareness among preservice science teachers. The project, supported by Ege University Office of Scientific Research Projects, involved the implementation of online argumentation activities as part of a four-day online professional development program. miro-image

A total of 32 preservice science teachers from 22 different universities across Turkey participated in the program, which focused on increasing their knowledge and awareness of climate change. To assess the impact of the intervention, pre- and post-program surveys were conducted, and the online written arguments produced by the participants during the activities served as additional data sources.

The figure shows the results of participants’ collaborative online work on the effects of climate change in the Miro tool.

The results of the research demonstrated a significant improvement in the participants’ content knowledge of climate change. Following the online professional development program, the preservice teachers exhibited a higher level of justification and increased awareness of various dimensions related to climate change. This indicates that the argumentation activities effectively contributed to their overall understanding and awareness of this critical issue.

As recognition for their active participation, the participants were awarded certificates of completion at the end of the program. The project’s success highlights the potential of online argumentation activities as a valuable tool in enhancing climate change awareness among preservice science teachers, ultimately equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to address this pressing global challenge in their future classrooms.

Meanwhile a questionnaire among 130 pre-service teachers was implemented at the University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev” (Bulgaria) showed that:
• 86% were convinced that climate change affects us all;
• 88% thought that global climate change can disrupt the balance in nature;
• 90% had not taken a course on climate change;
• 88% believed they have very low preparation for teaching climate change;
• Only 38% had used information and communication technologies to receive information about climate change and
• The most commonly used sources of information had been video materials, presentations, social networks, news, TV, virtual textbooks, etc.

The challenge for the project will be to establish ionnovative approaches to teaching about climate change while addressing ‘character and values’ that are considered a prerequisites for responsible 21st-century citizenship.

Find out more about the Tecced Project

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Introducing the TECCHED Project

TECCHED is a higher education Erasmus Plus project about Designing a Technology-enhanced Climate Change Education Curriculum for initial teacher training courses. The project is coordinated by the University of Ruse Angel Kanchev in Bulgaria. There are 7 partners involved in the project – find out more about the partners  climate graph image

Project context

The EU, in planning the transition to a carbon-free economy by 2050, has made a trillion euro call for climate crisis management and prevention. Empowerment of knowledge and individuals is stated as a horizontal goal to ensure that individuals take action on climate change for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic participation. In this context, the development of education and training programs and the exchange of good practices are supported.

Aims and Objectives

The TECCHED project, aims to develop a technology-supported climate change curriculum to support the development of ‘character and values’ of teacher trainees. The purpose is to support the quality of teacher education by fostering the affective domains of preservice teachers concerning informed decision making about climate change.

TECCHED aims at increasing techno pedagogical skills and digital competencies of faculty members in teacher education programs and to train them how to foster the ‘character and values’ of preservice teachers to make informed decisions as global citizens. In line with this goal, it is planned to teach digital competencies that will enable technology integration into lessons in the teaching of the sub-dimensions of climate change and ‘character and values’. satellite image

The lack of a curriculum designed to foster affective domains such as ‘character and values’ of teacher candidates constitutes an important gap in the literature (Bush et al.2016). The project includes technology integration in education, which is a necessity of the digital age, and innovative practices, as it focuses on climate change, which is the most important global and ecological problem of this century. In addition, an open-access digital learning platform will be developed to increase faculty members’ pedagogical competencies teaching this subject.

The objectives of the TECCHED project are;:-
– to design and implement a technology-enhanced climate change curriculum to fight against climate change for excellence in teacher education programs that foster the development of skills and values for 21st century responsible citizenry. –
– to teach scientific knowledge about climate change and foster ‘character and values’ development of teachers regarding climate change supported by appropriate pedagogical approaches and technologies.
– to design the curriculum for technology-enhanced teaching of climate change that fosters character and values development in education faculties,
– to prepare an interactive enriched book and a digital learning platform for faculty members to learn the curriculum and the digital learning platform, and to evaluate its effectiveness.

Find out more about the project results