Conference

Education for Action is an annual conference for teachers designed to share the latest trends in education, such as current research results, new technologies used in education, innovative educational methods, and numerous ideas on how to support the development of children and youth.

The conference has been organized by the EXPERYMENT Science Centre for eight years now creating a platform for teachers to exchange their experience and knowledge of their ways of working with students, to share new educational methods and discuss solutions to problems of their every day work.

It is additionally a great opportunity to establish new relations and find partners for cooperation among other teachers, educational experts and the Science Centre itself.
The previous editions addressed various topics related to creativity, communication, relationships and innovation in education.

This time Education for Action will involve four science centres - Science Inspired project partners. The goal of the event is not only to summarize all the activities and results of the project but also to promote them further among teachers, educators, science centres and education representatives.

EDUCATION IN ACTION – international e-conference for teachers
Join us online for the conference EDUCATION IN ACTION under the main theme: towards the future (April 14-16).
We are going to talk about the ways in which the pandemic changed education in Europe. We are going to share our experiences gained during international collaboration. We will show how together with our foreign partners we have developed new innovative educational tools that can be successfully used in both formal and informal education. This conference is a fully online event and will include lectures, discussions and workshops.

when
DAY 1 | lectures and discussions
Wednesday, April 14 | 17.00 - 20.00
DAY 2 | workshops
Thursday, April 15 | 17.00 - 18.30 and 18.30 - 20.00 | two workshops in one day
DAY 3 | workshops
Friday, April 16 | 17.00 - 18.30 and 18.30 - 20.00 | two workshops in one day

for whom
teachers at every level
specialists working outside the informal education system
staff of science centres which work or collaborate with schools

benefits
participation in inspiring lectures and workshops
opportunity to participate actively by asking questions to conference guests
international exchange of experiences

how to join the conference (lectures and workshops)
Registration starts on March 30 at Evenea site: https://app.evenea.pl/event/674809-26/
On April 8 all participants will receive a link to the conference platform.
The number of participants is limited.
The participation in the conference and the workshops is free of charge.

Lectures are going to be in Polish, with interpretation into English for our participants from Czechia, Greece and Hungary. Workshops are going to be in English.

contact: LIlianna Gołaszewska, konferencja@experyment.gdynia.pl

The EDUCATION IN ACTION conference is part of the Science Inspired project, run by the Experyment Science Centre in Gdynia in collaboration with Agora Science Centre (Hungary), VIDA! science centre (Czechia) and Noesis – Science Centre and Technology Museum (Greece). Click HERE to find out more about the project. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

DAY 1
Wednesday, April 14 | lectures and discussions

17.00 | conference opening

17.10 – 17.40 | Distance education… What next? – changes, opportunities, prospects
The pandemic does not have to be wasted time in Polish education – find out the ideas of Irmina Żarska, lecturer, teacher, initiator of multiple educational projects.

17.40 – 17.50 discussion

17.50 – 17.55 | Break, during which we ask: Can every lesson be gamified?
The question goes to Anna Zatwarnicka, teacher and methodology consultant*.

17.55 – 18.25 | All change starts with yourself, or a few words about the school of the future.
The future new normal at schools in Poland will be described and discussed by Przemysław Staroń, psychologist, cultural expert, lecturer and Teacher of the Year 2018.

18.25 – 18.35 discussion

18.35 – 18.40 | Break, during which: New methods for working with students, developed during international collaboration.
We look at the ways teachers work in other countries*

18.40 – 19.10 | Digital transformation of schools during pandemic.
This is not the end of changes, there are more challenges ahead as we are told by Krzysztof Głomb, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Digital Affairs and President of the Board of the Cities on the Internet Association.

19.10 – 19.20 discussion

19.20 – 19.30 | Educational tools at school 4.0
We share our international experiences.

19.30 – 19.45 | Science Inspired, or how to be inspired by international collaboration of the educational communities.

19.45 – 20.00 | How to reinvent the relations between schools and science centres?
We check how our partners in Czechia, Greece and Hungary do it.

20.00 – 20.05 | The end of the lecture part of the conference.
(but there are still two days of workshops ahead of us!)
* videos will be available as part of the post-conference materials package.


DAY 2
Thursday, April 15 | workshops


17.00 – 18.30 | What is the difference between talking and telling a story?
conducted by: Experyment Science Centre, Gdynia
The workshop will be conducted in Polish and interpreted into English (if any participants declare English as the preferred language).
The workshop will introduce the participants to the fine art of storytelling–the basic methods will be demonstrated. During the workshop we are going to “play with emotions” and we will see what evokes greatest curiosity. We are going to discuss some examples of using storytelling (not only in education) and how to turn storytelling into a tool for teachers. After the workshop you will be able to prepare an attractive science performance with the use of storytelling.

18.30 – 20.00 | How to teach effectively by using games?
conducted by: Agora Science Centre (Hungary)
The workshop will be conducted in English.
Internet is the source of many educational materials and applications. Are they any good, and if yes, do they deliver the desired educational results? Applications, such as Quizziz, Kahoot or Quizzlet will be used as examples to show how to effectively inspire children and young people to develop their interests and deepen their knowledge.

DAY 3
Friday, April 16 | workshops


17.00 – 18.30 | How to create a game from SCRATCH!
conducted by: Noesis – Science Centre and Technology Museum (Greece)
The workshop will be conducted in English.
Teachers will find out how to change popular and entertaining games into educational content and include them in their lessons as an alternative way to encourage students to think independently, collaborate, play and get engaged in science.

18.30 – 20.00 | Logic games outdoors with Puzzle Hunts as an example.
conducted by: VIDA! science centre (Czechia)
The workshop will be conducted in English.
During the workshop we are going to share our experiences from Puzzle Hunts in which the participants decode messages and solve puzzles outdoors. We will inspire you to create your own game!





Speakers:

Irmina Żarska
Lecturer and co-creator of the new course: Innovative and creative methods for working with students at Ateneum University in Gdańsk, coordinator for the implementation of modern educational systems, Polish language teacher at T. Hallik Private Elementary School in Reda.
The creator and coordinator of numerous educational initiatives promoting state of the art, creative methodology in education. Founder and coordinator of the Reda Club for Creative Teachers and the Reda Educational Leaders Club. Initiator and co-organizer of numerous cyclic educational conferences, notably the Reda Educational Marathon and the Academy for the Innovative Polish Teacher.
Teaching is her childhood dream which came true. She is always learning new things and is always looking for new professional challenges. She is fascinated by literature, new methodological ideas, conversations with students and meeting with other teachers who love their work. She believes that the recipe for effective and attractive education is to emphasise relations with students, maintaining variety and being authentic.

Przemysław Staroń
Psychologist and culture expert, lecturer at SWPS University and the University of the Third Age in Sopot, co-founder of the Jump Development Centre where he works to support development and stimulate thinking skills in young persons, adults and senior citizens.
Qualified teacher, author of the book School of Heroines and Heroes, the creator of the Order of the Phoenix, awarded by the European Commission, promoter of inter-generational meetings. Voted Person of the Year 2019 in the “Exemplary Behaviour” category by the readers of the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Laureate of the Irena Sendler award “For Repairing the World”. Awarded the LGBT+ Diamond 2019 Polish Business Award, finalist of the Global Teacher Prize 2020, Digital Shaper 2020, listed as one of 100 persons who are changing Poland (for better) as published by Noizz.pl
Tutor of almost 50 finalists and winners of the Philosophy Olympiad, a fan of creative teaching and the creator of the #utrzy studio, where he was one of the first to use Snapchat in education, known as professor Snap. Teacher of the Year 2018.


Krzysztof Głomb
As of April 2019 Minister Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Digital Affairs for cooperation with local authorities. President of the Board of the Cities on the Internet Association.
Expert on the digitization of the public sector. Strategist of digital development. In recent years focussed on digital public services and digital competencies as the key elements of the social and economic potential for Poland’s development. Active supporter of European research and innovation initiatives. Creator of the original concept and the leader of the programme DIGITAL POLAND OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES, the largest digital literacy for the 50+ generation programme in Europe. Initiator (in 2014 ) of the activities of the Centre for Digital Creation and Education FACTORY OF THE FUTURE in Tarnów. Creator and coordinator of the Małopolskie Laboratory of Digital Education HUMINE, which serves as a support centre for schools in the region, providing assistance in the area of digital transformation, and is the centre for research and experimentation in the area of digital teaching methodology for the education system. Initiator and coordinator of the Digital Education Network KOMET@ which brings together digital education experts.