An indispensable contribution to raising public awareness of science has to come from school. The use of new media in schools is growing continuously spurred also by the interest of the young generation in these new teaching tools. However, it is not at all clear how the enormous amount of information available on the web can be turned into knowledge and eventually into understanding, this being the indispensable goal in the teaching and learning process in school.

In the EU-project ESPACE (European Subatomic Physics and Astrophysics Cyber Education: http://www.espace-cd.net) a prototype for a webbased system (http://db.kph.tuwien.ac.at) supporting up-to-date science teaching in schools was developed. The ESPACE consortium comprised 10 institutions in 7 European countries and consisted of content providers, didactic experts and IT-specialists. The content presented in ESPACE is in the fields of nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics and astronomy.

The webbased educational system of ESPACE combines the essential activities in education: authoring, teaching and learning. Scientists, teachers as well as students can create web sites, without having to study web programming. The lesson builder allows the set up of a webbased lesson consisting of existing and self-created learning elements. Finally, the content is presented using appropriate didactical and pedagogical concepts suitable. for webbased learning.

In an on-line presentation the different features of the web-based learning system are shown. A possible class room application leading to more profound understanding of the contents will be discussed.
 


 



 

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A webbased learning system for schools

Ch. Gottfried   Institute of Nuclear Physics, Vienna University of Technology

H. Oberhummer   Institute of Nuclear Physics, Vienna University of Technology

An indispensable contribution to raising public awareness of science has to come from school. The use of new media in schools is growing continuously spurred also by the interest of the young generation in these new teaching tools. However, it is not at all clear how the enormous amount of information available on the web can be turned into knowledge and eventually into understanding, this being the indispensable goal in the teaching and learning process in school.

In the EU-project ESPACE (European Subatomic Physics and Astrophysics Cyber Education: http://www.espace-cd.net) a prototype for a webbased system (http://db.kph.tuwien.ac.at) supporting up-to-date science teaching in schools was developed. The ESPACE consortium comprised 10 institutions in 7 European countries and consisted of content providers, didactic experts and IT-specialists. The content presented in ESPACE is in the fields of nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics and astronomy.

The webbased educational system of ESPACE combines the essential activities in education: authoring, teaching and learning. Scientists, teachers as well as students can create web sites, without having to study web programming. The lesson builder allows the set up of a webbased lesson consisting of existing and self-created learning elements. Finally, the content is presented using appropriate didactical and pedagogical concepts suitable. for webbased learning.

In an on-line presentation the different features of the web-based learning system are shown. A possible class room application leading to more profound understanding of the contents will be discussed.
 


 



 

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