The Make it Open Schooling Toolkit Is Out!
In recent years, Make it Open has emerged as a transformative force, empowering families, experts, and various stakeholders to enhance science education collaboratively with teachers and students. For those who have delved into the success stories shared on this platform, it is evident that this project has played a pivotal role in revolutionising the educational landscape. Through its Learning Scenarios, it has effectively tackled local challenges, contributed to community development, and instilled a resounding commitment to active global citizenship.
In line with its trailblazing approach, the Make it Open Toolkit has now come to the forefront. This comprehensive resource repository is poised to further propagate the concept of Open Schooling, providing individuals with the essential tools and knowledge to embrace this progressive educational paradigm. The Toolkit builds on the direct experience of the hubs and teachers that Implemented the Make it Open approach during the school year 2022-2023. Here come the instructions!
Why is this toolkit relevant?
The Make it Open Schooling Toolkit, derived from the learnings of the Make it Open project, provides a range of practical benefits that make it highly relevant for various community actors. By embracing Open Schooling principles outlined in the toolkit, schools can position themselves at the center of addressing both local and global challenges relevant to their communities. Through collaborative efforts involving diverse stakeholders, such as non-formal education organisations, families, and local authorities, Open Schooling initiatives foster community engagement and generate innovative solutions.
The toolkit serves as a guide, enabling educators to design inclusive learning environments that encourage active participation and enhance students’ abilities to tackle real-world issues. By adopting Open Schooling practices, different community actors can cultivate a culture of creativity, critical thinking, and social responsibility, empowering students to make a positive impact within their communities and beyond.
‘We were impressed with the level of engagement and creativity shown by our students during this project. It was exciting to see them working together to design and implement a solution to such an important issue like waste management.’
Israeli teacher, Ha’ela School
Who is this toolkit for?
This comprehensive toolkit on Open Schooling caters to two distinct target audiences: teachers and non-formal learning organisations seeking to implement Open Schooling projects.
- Designed to empower teachers and educators on their Open Schooling journey, the toolkit offers access to a wealth of valuable resources. Within its content, educators will discover Make it Open tools, practical guidance, innovative approaches, and inspiring examples, all of which will facilitate the successful implementation of Open Schooling projects in their educational environments.
- For non-formal learning organisations, this toolkit serves as a valuable resource that draws upon the direct experiences and invaluable tips shared by the 10 hubs involved in the Make it Open project. These hubs, mostly led by science centres and museums as well as other non-formal learning organisations, acted as educational incubators and supported over 150 schools in their transformation from traditional educational institutions to spaces of community well-being.
‘The Hub has a crucial role in supporting and motivating the changes needed to promote and introduce new methodologies in schools, and transform them into Open Schools.’
Sara Mira, Centro Ciência Viva de Lagos
The toolkit is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.