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Today I planned a visit to K.J.Somaiya college of science, vidyavihar with regard to plan for organizing depmap workshop for teachers. I met the faculty from physics, chemistry, biology, botany, microbiology, education departments of junior as well as senior college.
I explained about the objectives of the depmap workshop and since it is to build a teaching sequence, it would be useful if teachers themselves create their dependency maps using the web based portal in the hands-on workshop to be conducted in gnowledge lab, hbcse. Teacher have got a fair understanding as I also showed them some featured maps picked out from the portal.
Overall, all the teachers whom i met are interested to participate in the depmap workshop. Teachers from each department will be participating in the workshop in april, may, june.
Initially the visit was planned for about an hour, but my visit got extended for more than 2 hours. Actually I have studied for H.S.C., B.Sc. & M.Sc. from Somaiya college. When i was meeting the teachers, i too got nostalgic and to my surprise, most of the teachers could remember me as their student. So my visit got extended as I met my teachers in the corridor, labs, and was talking about my work and research. A few teachers also were keen to know about my Ph.D. work in the area of biology education. My teachers were glad to know about my progress, i being an alumni of somaiya.
I was thrilled to go back to my college, to my teachers and convey my contribution to science education.
On Saturday 27, 2008 at Nehru Science Centre, a symposium on Evolution Since Darwin was organized by the BASE (Bombay Association for Science Education). The events organized by BASE are attended and conducted by teachers and educationists from Mumbai. This particular event was scheduled on account of 150 years of Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The organizers gave me an opportunity to conduct a concept mapping workshop in two consecutive sessions. In the first session, I did a presentation on concept maps for science education, and the second session was a hands-on session wherein the teachers (in groups) constructed concept maps on the topics of evolution—adaptation, natural selection, speciation, origin of species—from Ernst Mayr’s book on What Evolution is. The teachers really did a good job in constructing the maps. I am going to analyze the maps later and comment on them. Overall the teachers were impressed by the concept mapping technique and I was really happy to know that they were eager to use it in their classrooms.
Later in the afternoon, I was involved in the panel discussion. We were to comment on teachers’ ideas and their concept maps. Lots of issues came along during the discussion, which made us realize that the topic of evolution is not so easy to understand.
The SELF consortium has organized a one day SELF workshop as part of the FKFT pre-conference. We are at the Universitat de Oberta Catalunya. The participants are getting hands-on sessions on creating, organizing, editing courses using the SELF Platform and Gnowledge Portal.