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Karmengo Ama School students have been playing and learning with the resources developed in the STEAM Decks project.
The most important feature of the platform for the students has been to be able to choose who to play against, to be able to follow other classmates in the social part of the platform and specially to be able to create their own decks. The students gave very interesting ideas on new topics to create decks on the platform. Soon some of these ideas will be available on the STEAM Decks platform.
Five schools in Spain have already implemented different PLATON interdisciplinary inquiry-based activities.
The Sagrado Corazón school in Salamanca, has carried out PLATON’s activities and methodology in the subjects of biology and geology, physics and chemistry and computer science, a complete interdisciplinary approach. They have implemented the activity on the extinction of dinosaurs in the fourth year of secondary education.
In the Montes Orientales school in Granada have carried out two PLATON activities. They have carried out the activity of photosynthesis with students of the first year of secondary education and the activity of nanotechnology in the first year of high school. You can see their fantastic work through the following padlet: https://padlet.com/biologiamencia/hi0yz5o8zzjc
The Colegio Maristes Champagnat in Badalona has developed the EMR and health activity in the subjects of biology and geology, and technology with students of the first year of secondary education, within the unity of the atmosphere.
In the Corazón de María school in Gijon, PLATON’s activities and methodology have been based on the subject of scientific culture in high school. You can see in the following padlet the three activities that have worked: https://padlet.com/rafaelmonterobr/x88ymtpcsj7h
The Nuestra Señora del Carmen school in Portugalete have integrated the activity of exponentials in astronomy into the subjects of mathematics and biology and geology with students of fourth year of secondary education.
All of them has shared their experience with PLATON team, and some of the feedback that we have received from them is that they have noticed how their students have learned and corrected misconceptions with the PLATON activities, and they emphasize the interdisciplinary approach of the activities. On another note, the students have told that activities are entertaining and different to the practices they are used to do, and that they have learnt things they didn’t know and didn’t expect.
Thank you very much to all the schools, teachers and students that have get involved in PLATON project, we hope you continue developing the PLATON methodology in your schools.
If you are an interested teacher, school or student don’t hesitate to contact us, we will be very pleased to support you.
During the months of March and April, several meetings of professors were held at the University of Deusto to present the STEAM Decks project.
STEAM Decks is a European Project coordinated by the LearningLab team of the University of Deusto and with the collaboration of Fatima Educational Foundation, Bertha von Suttner Gymnasium, Scoala Ferdinand I, and Duchess France.
STEAM Decks provides a free access online platform where primary and secondary school students are able to develop declarative knowledge in a contextualized and meaningful way through a multiplayer and online card game.
During the presentation sessions of the tool the teachers were able to work with the online version of the platform and with the printed decks. Both modes of play, as well as the possibilities offered by the mobile app, have proved to be very interesting resources for teachers. The most valued feature of the application is that anyone can design their deck of cards and make those contents so difficult to memorize in their subject, work in a fun way.