The PLATON Summer School 2020: the innovative way to teach. communicate. inspire. educate. learn. participate. collaborate.

The PLATON Summer School 2020 is the 4th PLATON summer school organized. The methodology followed was originally designed within the PLATON project and it continues to be developed in preceeding projects. This year our summer school draws materials and is organized in the context of the POLAR STAR project which continues the development of the PLATON methodology and adds-in high quality activities on Arctic research and Astronomy that cover both primary and secondary education.  

Its main objective is to introduce to teachers a seamless STEAM teaching approach along with all its separate components and a set of activities related to contemporary science achievements. The materials used during the course will help teachers engage young children in science in the long term and help them develop 21st century skills. More specifically the objectives of the summer school are:

  • Introduce an overall STEAM methodology to teachers that meets the needs of different types of students and that harmonicall blends the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Art;
  • Facilitate teachers in switching from a teacher-centred to a student-centred type of every day teaching and thus enable them to use an inquiry-based approach in their every day class;
  • Enable teachers to design their own STEM curricula using a knowledge structure that overarches all science disciplines. Through a dedicated tool (the Science WAND), teachers will be able to use it in class with their students as a reference point in making connections between science topics taught in different disciplines and different grades as well as between subjects taught at school and everyday life.
  • Foster interdisciplinary teaching by introducing innovative collaboration techniques between teachers of different science disciplines. The course will offer teachers the necessary tools to synchronize their teaching and facilitate the common, interdisciplinary creation of learning activities.
  • Acquaint participants with activities on Arctic Research and Space topics and showcase how they can be used in the science classroom.
  • Introduce learning tools that will enable teachers to develop their students' digital skills.
  • Introduce to teachers self-reflection  and assessment tools that go beyond traditional assessment methods and focus on higher-order-thinking aspects of science that go beyond traditional assessment methods and focus on higher-order-thinking aspects of science.

The course will also strengthen its social cohesive and pan-European dimension by inviting participants to be part of a community of practice that will allow them to exchange and share ideas, experiences, concerns and educational resources with fellow teachers across Europe and introduce them to on-line learning repositories, portals and educational metadata.

The collection of resources, tools and activities that will be presented in combination with the hands-on and minds-on activities will facilitate the participants in learning how to deploy and integrate them in their school environment and everyday science teaching practice and also how to contribute their own work into educational repositories and share it within a European community of practice. 

Participation in this course can be funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (Key Action 1, Mobility project for school education staff).

See "Fees & Funding" for basic assistance and guidelines on how to submit an application for a grant.