The study of biodiversity, and in particular the identification of organisms, is becoming a part of the educational curriculum at all primary and secondary schools and University courses all over Europe. In order to bring forward the teaching of biodiversity, the KeyToNature project has been set-up.
KeyToNature is a three-year European project, approved in the framework of the e-Contentplus Programme. It is centred on the development of innovative tools for the identification of organisms, and on their implementation into the world of education to the purpose of promoting the teaching and learning of biodiversity.
The long-term goal is to enhance the knowledge of biodiversity at all educational levels in an innovative way.
The KeyToNature objectives for the educational context can be outlined as follows:
- Promoting the understanding of biodiversity
- Promoting the use of identification keys in education
- Increasing access and easing the use of digital identification tools in all participating countries;
- Developing and giving access to e-learning tools that support the use of identification keys in education;
- Giving examples of good practices in teaching biodiversity centered on identification;
- Promoting community building amongst biologists, technicians and educational specialist for exchanging biodiversity teaching practices and tools.
- Designing identification tools according to the needs of the different educational levels and learning cultures.
The pedagogical e-handbook addresses teachers of primary, secondary and tertiary (university) education.
It provides sufficient information for European teachers to experience the KeyToNature identification keys and learning resources with their students and judge their added value in the teaching context.
It shall help to introduce the topic biodiversity in schools while using appropriate identification keys that are being developed in the context of the EU project KeyToNature.
The e-handbook summarises the experiences of the KeyToNature partners and teachers while developing and applying pedagogical scenarios at schools and universities. It includes experiences from teachers all over Europe. This resource shall constantly grow as more and more experiences from the field are going to be reported.