ATS STEM-Assessment of Transversal Skills
Mon 17th August – Friday 21st August from 9.30am-2pm
This ATS STEM face to face summer course aims to provide teachers and students with necessary and efficient digital assessment approaches in development of students’ transversal skills in STEM education (using the Theme of the Sustainable Development Goals). Most suitable for teachers of 4th-6th class.
The development and assessment of transversal skills: Transversal skills are essential for academic success and in the work force as they include critical thinking, communication, problem solving abilities, collaboration, leadership along with use of digital tools.
Integrated STEM curricula development: New approaches of teaching, learning, and assessment in STEM that support the creation of integrated curricula (practical integration of each of the constituent STEM disciplines within STEM education), which provides opportunities for more relevant, less fragmented and more stimulating experiences for learners as well as holistic approaches for high quality of STEM education. This holistic and integrative approach is essential if we are to prepare students to tackle major societal issues.
Digital assessment: Formative and summative assessments help teachers better understand the goals of (integrated) STEM education as well as transversal skills. Effective assessment is on-going process between student-teacher, student-peers, and teacher-teachers. Technology is playing an increasingly important role in helping to facilitate these interactions.
Engagement in this course will improve teacher’s individual practice by placing a focus on Assessment practices and how digital tools can support that process.
This will support teachers to prioritise learning that benefits them and their pupils. Focusing on the attrition of skills e.g. problem solving, critical thinking will provide students with skills for the 21st century.
Teachers will be encouraged to Reflect on their i) Assessment practices, ii) use of digital tools, iii) integrated approach to teaching and collaborate with colleagues on preparing lessons based on the STEM approach.
Facilitators: Olive Keenan & Siobhán Hennelly