Information about past, present and forthcoming DEUM activities

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Socrates Comenius 2.1 project "MuseumScouts"

scouts.jpgMuseumScouts is a highly motivating collaboration program for secondary schools, science and art education institutes and museums of all disciplines. In the project we are following the creative ways young people explore, investigate and raise information. The questions asked in the analysis of the exhibits can be answered using modern media such as texts, photos, graphics, animations, videos and sounds. With the aid of an online-based author tool multimedia course units can be prepared from these contents which in turn are presented in the museums and are available for all visitors as a learning source. A cycle of ongoing newly prepared knowledge is created.

Duration: 2006 October – 2009 February

Envisaged outputs: Multimedia presentations and interactive training courses (WBT) produced by students teacher's training course package (self study WBT, handbooks, face to face training and online collaboration museumsscouts conference in Lithuania (LT) dissemination material online and printed, museumsscout portal in partner countries.

International team:
CBT+L Computer Based Training + Learning GmbH (Munchen, Germany)
Unabhangiges Institut fuer Umweltfragen (Berlin, Germany)
Pedagogische Hochschule des Bundes (Linz, Austria)
Blended Learning Network (Ponte de Lima, Portugal)
The Hermatige Technical College (Durham, the UK)
Graduate School of Education of University of Bristol (the UK)

National partners:
Vilnius University Faculty of Chemistry Science Museum
Lithuanian Youth Technical Creativity Palace
Vilnius secondary school for adults education "Akiracio"
Vilnius Lyceum

Links:
Frontier
Evolution
MuseumScouts

Contact MuseumScouts project coordinator in Lithuania

This Socrates Comenius 2.1 project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication of the project "MuseumScouts" reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

Overview of project activities

 

2008 November 26
International Scientific-Practical Conference "MuseumScouts - Transforming Learning - Teachers developing innovative practice using interactive technologies and teamwork"
The Conference is organized by Drūkšiai Ecological Education School with the partner Vilnius Adult Secondary School "Akiračio" in the frame of the Week of Adult Education "Culture + Language = Cultural Dialogue".
Conference tasks:
– propagate cultural dialogue and modern means for pupil education;
– unite specialists interested in IT application in education processes;
– analyze problematics of natural and humanitarian education;
– stimulate the development of education process, pupil self-teaching and search of new effective teaching methods.
Basic problematic issues covered during the Conference:
– Applying new pedagogical ways in school involving museums and ICT skills
– The quality of natural and humanitarian education.
– Relationships between different human cultures in the view of education
– Application of IT in formal and non-formal education
Venue
Vilnius Adult Secondary School "Akiračio", Algirdo str. 23/6, Vilnius

 

2008 July 9-11
Partner meeting in Porto, Portugal

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Project partners working hard on the preparation of the Teacher Guidelines - a set of innovative educational methodics for effective learning and teaching in the IT environment.

 

2008 April 25-26
National Conference "Natural Science Education at a General School-2008", Scientia Educologia, Utena

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2008 March 18
International Conference "Chemistry at school - 2008", Kaunas Technical University

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Regina Skuodienė and Birutė Damijonaitienė - national "MuseumScouts" partners (left). Laimutė Salickaitė-Bunikienė making a presentation "The search of motivation for chemistry in museums and EVOLUTION virtual lessons" (right).

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Conference particpants at the entrance to Kaunas Technical University (left). Laimutė Salickaitė-Bunikienė and teachers from Lithuanian schools (right).

 

2007 November 15-16
Partner meeting in Bristol, UK

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Partners analyze the results of the first project year and discuss the strategy.

 

2007 August 30
Teacher seminar at the "Akiračio" school for adult education, Vilnius

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Teachers Ana Diadiura and Renata Miliauskaite discuss the content of the Evolution presentations

 

2007 February 19
Socrates Comenius 2.1 "MuseumsScouts" Teacher Training Seminar at the Lithuanian Youth Technical Creativity Palace, Vilnius

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Teachers of Vilnius lyceum, "Akiračio" school for adult education and Lithuanian Youth Technical Creativity Palace at the Seminar held by Mr. Markus Nagy (CBT+L)

 

2007 January 10-13
Socrates Comenius 2.1 "MuseumsScouts" Kick-off Meeting at CBT+L, Herrsching, Germany

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Socrates Comenius MuseumsScouts International team. Left photo: Hartwig Gebetsroither (Austria), Nadine Hoelzinger (Germany). Right photo: Walter Landgraf (Portugal), Markus Nagy (Germany).

 

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Information about implemented DEUM projects

The experience of DEUM ecological camps and seminars held in 1992-1994 showed the possibility to formulate principles of ecological education school development on the basis of science institution. Successful results of the pedagogical experiment materialized in the establishing the NGO Drukshiai Ecological Education School (DEUM) in 1995. Our NGO acts according to the theoretical and practical model that was designed by DEUM scientists. This model is described in publications, mainly in the series of books for young naturalists.

Ecological camps integrate Earth Sciences (biology, ecology, chemistry, and physics) together. The relationships between Earth Sciences and history, geography, ethnology, environmental technologies are shown. It is already proved that pupils and students are much more efficient working by our non-traditional methodology that gives them a certain freedom in conducting the research. Not only knowledge of the lecturer, but also his pedagogical skills to explain his subject in an appropriate way are important. Later a considerable percent of pupils continue studying Earth Sciences at Universities.

DEUM model has benefited much in writing education programs of practices for Earth Science and Agriculture students, and also in organizing both pupils and students in their out-of-school (University) activities.

Main DEUM projects financed by governmental institutions and NGOs are described below (projects held in the frame of a national program "Environment and Energy" are not included). Results of projects were published in media, discussed at Conferences and presented to pedagogues during various events.

1. Program "Organization of environmental education for East Lithuania basic school pupils and students"
Project funded by PHARE Civil society development program
Start – 22 May, 1998
End – 15 January, 1999
Financial agreement Nr. 98-2-11/5

2. Publishing of book "Ecological and Environmental Studies" (a set of materials)
Project funded by PHARE Civil society development program
Start – 4 March, 1999
End – 15 June, 1999
Financial agreement Nr. 99-8-39/126

3. DEUM seminars and ecological camps
Project funded by Regional Environmental Centre
Start – 15 April, 1999
End – 15 April, 2000
Project was prlonged till 27 December, 2000
Financial agreement Nr. L13115

4. Practical conference "Development of Nature study and environmental activities at East Lithuania schools" Project funded by Lithuania Republic Environment Ministry
Start – 1 September, 1999
End – 1 December, 1999
Financial agreement Nr. L13152

Other important activities:

a) DEUM took part as a partner organization in projects of Vilnius Nature Protection Society Youth Club:

- Training Course on Environmental Education "Urban Society in Nature" (April-September 1999);
- International project "Arhus Convention in Lithuania" (February-December 2001)

b) DEUM traditionally organized ecological camps "Nature Cognition" for skilled pupils (prize winners of Olympiads, National Young Scientists Contest etc.) in 1992-2005. Camps were funded by Lihuania Republic Education and Science Ministry and Republican Place of Pupils Technical Creativity.

c) DEUM offers special courses for graduates from previous DEUM camps. Pupils are trained in a program "Studying Lake ecosystem and its life". At the end of the program pupils are awarded by certificates providing them bonus points when entering Vilnius University Chemistry faculty.

d) DEUM members prepare methodic materials modified for pupils. These work was also funded by Lithuania Republic Environment Ministry in 1997.