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Step 1: We all learn! – E-learning for each participating high school
The e-learning platform OpenTEA will be used to enhance learning experiences of students. In particular, OpenTEA will be used in three steps: (1) providing preliminary information to students and propaedeutic e-learning materials; (2) delivering e-learning modules, via interactive webinars; (3) including follow-up materials and interactive tools. The goal of this activity is to provide students with knowledge on ecosystem services and their multiple functions and value, and related subjects. The expected results of this activity are: the development in students of basic skills in English language; the development of key competences in science; the development of key competences in the use of ITCs; the acquisition of knowledge on the general value of ecosystem services, sustainable agriculture, food supply chain, etc.
Step 2: Learn & Work, Work & Learn! – Practical classes for visiting students in Italy
Participants to the activities will be groups of visiting students from each partner school. Researchers will deliver practical classes and lab activities to students on animal and plant species providing and/or promoting ecosystem services. Experts/specialists in botany, entomology, zoology, ecology and biodiversity will also promote on-the-job training for students. A naturalist illustrator will teach students how to observe nature and train their naturalist's eye. The expected results will be: a list of species of community interest; a map of nesting sites and foraging sites for pollinators; a list of insectivorous birds and mammals; a map of habitat trees; a list of edible plants. Finally, students will be also actively involved in the development of audio visual materials, aimed at promoting the initiative through social networks and on the web in their own countries.
Step 3: Share & Learn, Learn & Share! – Implementing knowledge in Greece, Romania and Sweden
The participants to this activity are students from the partner schools, their accompanying teachers, experts/specialists in ecosystem services and researchers. The goal of this activity is that local students will implement knowledge on ecosystem services and natural paintings acquired in the previous activities; moreover, knowledge and experiences on different ecosystem services present in a different Country will be shared among participants. Participant students will have the possibility to develop science competences, expanding their knowledge on the peculiar biogeography, habitats, culture, lifestyle, and climate present in the host country. Another goal of this activity is the development in students of basic skills and, more specifically communication and understanding in English.
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