co-creating meaningful learning experiences between schools and their local communities, by developing projects focused on locally relevant challenges, aligned with the school's needs and context.
the school community, namely by collaborating with teachers, to embed open schooling and research & innovation practices in their daily-life, stimulating student's active citizenship and school performance.
Psychology Office - School
OSHub-PT is located in a low-density territory in the border between Portugal and Spain, traditionally with low access to science, technology and innovation, low collaboration between entities and reduced citizen participation in community challenges. In addition, the territory's wilderness faces several anthropogenic-driven threats, such as the quality of the Douro river due to tourism pressure. As such, we want to: reduce geographical isolation and increase student's global connectedness by fostering digital literacy skills; increase student's active citizenship while promoting teacher's autonomy on collaborative, participatory-based and research-driven educational approaches; and to involve the school community in improving the freshwater quality of the region.
With the goal of increasing student's active citizenship and promoting teacher's autonomy on Open Schooling practices, we have been co-developing and implementing, in partnership with the school group of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, a continuing training program for teachers, and respective manual, based on methodologies that promote co-creation and innovation, such as Design-thinking and Social Business Model Canvas. These resources, which are being implemented in the discipline of Citizenship and Development, provide guidance to students and teachers from the identification of local challenges to the design, implementation and communication of projects in collaboration with the local partners and community.
The remote location of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo potentiates several challenges for youngsters, namely related with the small number of local role models and the reduced student motivation and ambition regarding their learning and professional goals. With this project we want to counteract these trends through digital connectedness, and for that we are creating an academy aimed at fostering student digital literacy. As initial objectives we want to increase student's autonomy in the use of educational digital platforms, and to build digital-based mechanisms to reduce the physical distance between students and researchers / artists / entrepreneurs.
We want to fight for the quality of our river streams and to understand how it is impacted by human activities. For that, we partnered with the international citizen science project Drinkable Rivers, where schools and local inhabitants are actively involved in assessing the health status of the Douro river, by performing periodic analysis of several parameters, such as pH, phosphates, nitrates and hardness. Additionally, we are also collaborating with STEM teachers towards transforming pre-existing curricular activities into more research-driven experiments with strong links to the surrounding territory, thus providing more meaningful learning experiences.