Newsletter #8
The OStogether group is reaching out even further!

For the first time, we decided to open up our Inspiration Sessions and it was a great success, proving that there is a great number of Open Schooling practicioners that care to know more and to support in upscaling OStogether. And what a better way to know more, than our frequent newsletter!

As always all of our 11 member projects are delivering astonishing results and intriguing tools to use, so get ready to know more about:
1. Our 9th Inspiration session titled "Evaluation approaches for measuring the impact of open schooling" was a success;
2. Some stories shared from the ground in Italy, Ireland, Norway, Serbia and Israel by practitioners involved in Multipliers, Pulchra, MOST, Schools As Living Labs and Make It Open;
3. We share more educational tools developed by Schools As Living Labs, PHERECLOS and Open Science Hub, to find, share and interact with open schooling projects and communities, beyond theory;
4. A new policy report by CONNECT is here to update you on criticalities in Open Schooling success;
5. Also don't miss our coming Free Conference on Open Schooling  held in-person on June 7-10 September in Romania, by PHERECLOS project;
6. More about important events that you might have missed!

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Find out everything about our most recent Inspiration session!

Evaluation approaches for measuring the impact of open schooling

On July 5th,  the 9th Inspiration session of the OStogether group was held to critically discuss and ideate on: Evaluation approaches for measuring the impact of open schooling. The session was for the first time opened to the public, and 42 participants joined forces to share their practices for evidence based evaluation of impact in projects for Open Schooling. A great focus was also given to the element of Policy making that is considered critical to achieve each projects´ objectives.

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Open schooling snapshots
Short stories about open schooling, on-the-ground, moments, by practitioners

Bottled water vs. tapped water: which is better? Debunking myths around water quality

Influenced by marketing and brand recognition, some people prefer to drink bottled water to tap water. But against popular belief, that doesn’t necessarily translate into higher quality or hygiene. To work out students’ perceptions around the topic and discuss water drinking habits, MULTIPLIERS partner Iren, through its educational division Eduiren, co-organised a water “blind tasting” at the Blaise Pascal School in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia. Perceptions from upper secondary students at the tasting experience were compared to the results of analytical tests on different types of drinking water, allowing participants to debunk myths and illusions regarding perceived quality and taste.

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Irish PULCHRA Project  students regenerate their school grounds through planting a native woodland with LEAF Ireland

Irish PULCHRA students from Drimnagh Castle Secondary School worked on a PULCHRA City Challenge with the objective of improving and regenerating their local urban environment through engagement with stakeholders. They  engaged external stakeholders from LEAF Ireland to help them regenerate their land. LEAF Ireland coordinated a project with them called ‘An Choill Bheag’ which translates as ‘tiny forest’ and planned a beautiful native Irish woodland on their school grounds. The woodland will form an important outdoor classroom for future students. 

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MOST School-Community Project in Norway: Reducing the amount of discarded chewing gum

Year 5 students at Birralee International School in Trondheim have developed a project with the aim of reducing the amount of discarded chewing gum on our streets, both here in Trondheim and (hopefully) throughout the rest of the world. The project began by passing the power to the students; we challenged them to find a waste related problem in the city and then to develop a project based on this. The class decided that we would need to go out into the community to explore these problems for ourselves.

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Guess who (STE)AM I?

In the elementary school Petar Kočić in Inđija, Serbia, students encouraged their older schoolmates to consider STEAM careers through role play. Students were saying “I didn’t know professions can be combined in such a crazy way!”, “Wow, being an engineer doesn’t have to be boring!”. After the event, school counsellor Tijana Đuričić and class teacher Jelena Živković agreed that intergenerational collaboration in career counselling is very important and meaningful for students. It truly helps to bring relevance but also a lighter approach to a rather complex and emotional topic.

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Open STEM Learning, by Make it Open
Open STEM Learning

As part of the Make it Open project, in Israel, IASA Secondary School and Nativ Zvulun Elementary School involved their students in an entire week of excursions. The week focused on a specific topic, but each day this was explored from a different angle. Students had the opportunity to learn in different locations and through various approaches the topic of waste management. These hands-on activities motivate students to be more active and boost their interest in STEM learning, encouraging them to take action and make change. 

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In the making
Our selection of noteworthy tools and methodologies for co-creation action or public engagement
Workshop and materials for the engagement of stakeholders in educational projects
by Schools As Living Labs

🎯 Targeti) Science teachers ii) Informal science educators working with teachers
🏗️ Foundationsi) Open Schooling ii) Living Lab iii) Train the trainers
🥅 Goals: Guide teachers and educators, with the implication of students, in identifying, reaching out and engaging with stakeholders for educational projects
Engaging with stakeholders is at the heart of Open Schooling approaches. And even though teachers have extensive experience in building educational projects, reaching out and engaging  is not something they are used to or comfortable with. By providing them with a workshop they can use with their students, the Schools As Living Labs project provides the support they need to identify and then engage with societal actors in their community.
This workshop was designed and tested with primary and secondary schools from 10 European countries. After participating in this workshop, the participants were able to identify potential stakeholders, to put into words why a potential stakeholder should participate in their project and were familiar with ways in which stakeholders can contribute and activities they can conduct with stakeholders.

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Teacher Training Toolkit on Innovation in Open Schooling

🎯 Target: i) Teachers, ii) People seekking inspiration for Open Schooling programs
🏗️ Foundationi) STEM/STEAM ii) 21st century skills iii) Inclusive education
🥅 Goalsi) Provide supporting tools and aiding structures for teachers ii) Inspire teachers as key persons for a transition towards sustainable Open Schooling iii) Build up local sustainable collaboration structures for developing and practising Open Schooling
To support the core elements in Open Schooling from a teacher’s perspective, PHERECLOS presents seven different training activities that could also be a part of a real life collaborative development of activities. Where there are plenty of innovative learning methods to choose from, there has sometimes been a lack of finding a common language around these methods when it comes to the learning. This is why PHERECLOS has entered with a suggestion for a terminology that can operationalised into learning processes in Open Schooling. The 4C compass is one example, on how the 21st century skills are addressed in practice and assessed in a formative approach. 

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Open Science Hub Case Studies (beta version)
by Open Science Hub 

🎯 Targeti) Schools ii) Non-formal education providers iii) other community partners
🏗️ Foundationsi) Open Schooling ii) Maker education iii) Design-thinking iv) Social innovation
🥅 Goals:  Create a space where teachers and community stakeholders share with their peers why they have engaged with Open Science Hub, what has been the impact in their schools and local communities, and why they would encourage a colleague to follow an Open Schooling approach, in addition to the respective tools and resources.
The OSHub Case Studies are a collection of real examples of how Open Schooling has been implemented in eight European countries, from the words of the teachers or other stakeholders that have actually done it on the ground.
Open Science Hub invites you to watch/read the videos/interviews where teachers and/or other community stakeholders share with someone who is new to the Open Schooling approach the opportunities, challenges and impacts from their own real experiences.
Some examples: OSHub-Greece, OSHub-Ireland, OSHub-Portugal, OSHub Switzerland

Discover more HERE
Tips and tops
Good reads
The CONNECT project published its Policy report! This important document discusses opportunities to enhance open schooling and make it sustainable, based on evidence from the implementation of the Science Open Schooling actions in 5 countries.
Upcoming Events

Free Conference on Open Schooling
PHERECLOS "The Lay of the Land"
7-10 September 2022 | Bucharest, Romania
Register now!
In case you missed it
We love and believe in Open Schooling but…
1 June 2022

We love and believe in Open Schooling. In the last couple of years, we have been exploring and experimenting with teachers, informal science educators and researchers on how schools can transform themselves into learning hubs at the heart of their community. BUT, opening schools to society and putting students at the centre of innovation processes often bring more questions than answers.
On June 1, we teamed up to explore some of these questions in a one-day workshop, a precursor to the 2022 Ecsite Conference. Almost 50 science educators, museum professionals and teachers from 20 countries registered for the event.
Read the round-up article

Next Generation Europe
8 July 2022

Schools As Living Labs held a high-level roundtable in Athens to discuss what policy measures should exist to enable the transition towards more comprehensive, inclusive and modern education and health systems. The living lab approach is seen as one of the answers by practitioners and policy makers across Europe.
Read the round-up article

Open Schooling together is a joint initiative of 11 projects funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme. It aims to raise awareness on the opportunities of open schooling and on the different methodologies to implement this concept.

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