Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine

by Science Voices
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine
Science Classroom Modernization in Ukraine

Greetings all,

I hope you are well.  Our colleagues in Ukraine are currently safe, but many of them have fled Ukraine and are scattered throughout Europe.  This has made it difficult to work on projects like Greenworks at the moment.  We are in frequent communication with our colleagues to understand how we can better support them in this dire hour.  In the meantime, we are working to repurpose other endeavors we are working on, such as the Amazon River school project and Agavi, to help address the education needs of Ukrainian teachers and students.

Please keep Ukraine and its struggle against oppression and barbarism in your thoughts and maintain pressure on your local and national governments to keep the light of freedom from getting snuffed out.

With gratitude,

Lev

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Greetings friends,

I wanted to pass along a quick update on our work in Ukraine.  I have been in contact with our colleagues at Lviv Polytechnic and the University of Lviv, who remain safe.  Our work is in Lviv, which is in far western Ukraine and thus far mostly shielded from the unjustifiable violence that has been inflicted on Ukraine.  We will continue to keep track of the situation and make necessary adjustments to our work.  The work on developing the Agavi learning system is remote and global and will continue regardless.  The curriculum development and teacher traing work with our faculty colleagues is likewise remote and we will make adjustments based on their needs in the coming weeks and months.

With resilience,

Lev

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Greeting all,

I hope the new year finds you well.  We are happy to report the completion of our first Greenworks: Ukraine experience.  Greenworks is a program that we pioneered with our Indonesian colleagues that we are adapting to achieve our objectives in Ukraine while we await for conditions to become more conducive to on-location work.

In October and November, a cohort of Ukrainian Earth science teachers and students studying to teach Earth science in Ukraine worked with a cohort of Brazilian students to complete a 6-week course on experiential learning through role-playing and cross-cultural communication.  This type of learning is called "active learning" as it engages students in activities that help them internalize important concepts.  This is compared to "passive learning", where students sit and listen to lecture and are expected to internalize concepts without ever engaging with them or practicing them.  Passive learning is very common in many science classrooms around the world.  A critical part of modernizing science classrooms is to teach teachers how to teach using modern approaches.

Our Ukrainian learning cohort had their first hands-on experience with active learning through our Greenworks curriculum.  For six-weeks, they role-played as national leaders making decisions that required a working knowledge of Earth science (important for determining trade routes, climate change action, and responses to natural disasters).  Afterwards, we had a breakdown of how the experience was constructed and the components that are necessary for building active learning classrooms.  Response was positive, with a desire to formalize the teacher-training component.

We're continuing to work on Agavi to meet the needs of our science teachers.  We'll have more updates on that later in the year.  In the meantime, we are also incorporating the lessons and feedback from our recent Greenworks experience to develop a strong teacher-training curriculum that we will test again later in the spring.

As always, thank you for your support and interest in our work.

With gratitude,

Lev

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Greetings all,

I was hoping to begin bringing you updates from Ukraine this month.  Unfortunately, I've run into significant problems obtaining a work visa in a timely manner, which has scuttled the plans for fall work on-location.  This is a common problem for international workers, especially during an active pandemic that has slowed such paperwork to a crawl for many people, despite how early they may have started the process.

Nevertheless, I have begun some our planned work remotely.  Currently, eight students and faculty from Lviv Polytechnic and University of Lviv are enrolled in our Greenworks program, where they are engaging in and dissecting an active learning experience to understand how you can create effective, experiential learning experiences using role-playing games.  This is a joint project with partners in Brazil over the next couple of months to bring active learning experiences and insights to more educators.

Additionally, we began teacher testing of the Agavi system prototype, to significant positive feedback.  The Agavi team is continuing development and incorporating the comments and concerns of our Ukrainian teacher testers.  We're aiming to complete a usable classroom system to be ready early next year for use!

As you begin thinking about your end-of-year giving, please keep Science Voices and projects such as this one in mind.  We'll have more information about our Giving Tuesday campaign coming soon.

With much gratitude,

Lev

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Hello all,

I hope that the spring has treated you well and that you are settling in for a relaxing summer.

We've been making slow and steady progress on Agavi, our learning platform to create interactive science experiences in difficult-to-teach places.  Yesterday, we did our first demo day with colleagues to showcase the first prototype and it went well!  We will begin testing with our Ukrainian teachers in the next few weeks to get their feedback and see what features are necessary in order to meet their classroom needs.

Additionally, we are prepping for on-site work in Lviv, Ukraine, in the fall.  The next update should hopefully be on-location!

As always, thank you for your generous support.

With gratitude,

Lev

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