Stay home and learn about bioeconomy

Author: Georgina Dimova

Date: 10 – 28 April 2020

Organized by: Markova Velika – chemistry teacher and Gjorgjina Dimova IT teacher in “Strasho Pindjur” school  – Negotino

Materials used: Computers, OneNote ClassNotebook, Padlet, Microsoft Teams, Kahoot, vinegar, organic waste (orange peels)

  • Can you teach science from home?
  • Can you make a scientific experiment with your students being at home?

Two teachers of chemistry and computer science subjects collaborated on creating a learning scenario “Don’t waste your waste” for the BLOOM bioeconomy project.

The learning scenario is part of the BLOOM School Box. Students aged 13 – 14 years old learnt about bioeconomy, how it can change our community and help saving the environment.

Online tools for collaboration

Because of the school break, we had to transfer our learning online. First, we had to choose the tools we are going to use. Because of the safety of the students, we decided to use Microsoft Teams and One Note Class Notebook. Every student has a place in the Class Notebook where he can fill the worksheet and learn on his own pace.

We delivered every lesson in the Notebook, students learn and discuss using Padlet. Every lesson started with online conference call and ended up with online conference call for discussion and feedback.

A big challenge was the experiment students had to perform at their home. With the right tools and methods, it can be done. Students made cleaning product by using organic waste. The experiment was performed under the online supervision of the chemistry teacher during a conference call. In the experiment vinegar and orange peels were used so it is safe for the students. After it was done, students had to fill in a diary once a week. They had to measure the weight of the cleaning product, look at the colour, smell it and fill in the diary.

After two weeks we checked the efficiency of the cleaning product to clean stains.

Meanwhile students searched for different career opportunities in bioeconomy.

Students created online presentation including all their work done. The project will be shared with the other students, teachers and local community during a webinar carried out by the students.

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About georginadimova

Gjorgjina Dimova is a Computer science teacher for 18 years in primary school “Strasho Pindjur” – Negotino, R. Macedonia. She’s National Geographic Certified teacher, etwinning ambassador, scientix ambassador, TeachSDGs ambassador, Edmodo ambassador, curriculum and British Council trainer for Critical Thinking and problem solving and using the microbit. Microsoft Innovative Educatior Expert for three years, Microsoft Trainer. She’s a curriculum trainer for the Bureau of Education in Macedonia. She has trained over 500 teachers for implementing activities for the subject “Working with computers and coding” .She has trained over 200 people in basic Software skills and coding as a trainer. She has also trained teachers for Formative assessment and Innovative use of ICT in education. Validated trainer for The British Council for “Critical Thinking and problem solving” for the 21Century schools project. She’s co-founder of the Center for Innovations and digital education DIG-ED – organization whose goals are to improve digital competencies for students and teachers by organizing activities with the schools and trainings for teachers. Chosen among 65 best teachers of Former Yugoslav Republic. E-Innovation winner 2018. Global Teacher Award 2019 winner