Individual learning in biology and science, workshop, Reykjavik 10.8.2017

Workshop description



Thursday 10.8.2017 for primary school teachers (grades 5-7) and lower secondary teachers (grades 8-10)


6 hours, 9 am – 15 pm


The Individual Learning in Biology Workshop is designed for teachers who are interested in new pedagogies and ICT as a learning tool.

The workshop will focus on individual/personalized learning of biology/science. The workshop is designed to help teachers familiarise themselves with the new pedagogies such as individual/personalized learning of biology/science, as well as using ICT as a learning tool. It will provide teachers with tips on how to get started with more individualized teaching and learning. In the workshop, the participants have time to make their own lesson plans for learning periods or multidisciplinary learning modules with other teachers.

The workshop may change the way you think about teaching biology/science. If you are ready for that –  welcome!

Subject areas/topics

  • biology, science
  • 21st century skills
  • new curriculum
  • new pedagogies
  • individual/personalized learning
  • diverse learning assessment methods
  • ICT as a tool of individual/personalized learning


Before attending the workshops, the participants should know the main goals of the new curriculum in natural sciences (pages 167-180).  They should preview the Spark Page presentation: Biology and geography Individually, collaboratively and freely by Rita Keskitalo

Participants should be prepared to share their own practices and learning tools with the others. This will ensure that participants will get most out of the workshop. In the workshop, the participants will need their phones and tablets or laptops.


After the workshop the participants will be given a homework assignment where they are supposed to design a learning period and try it in practice in their classroom. Participants should do experiments in their own classroom on how new pedagogies like individual learning work in practice. Participants will later meet up with Þóra and share their experience.


The trainers of these workshops are Rita Keskitalo and Þóra Skúladóttir. Rita is a teacher of biology and geography at a secondary school in Finland and Þóra is a teacher of biology, chemistry and physics in Háteigsskóli.

Materials of Workshop



Chat online

During the workshop you can share your experiences, ideas and questions in social media.

In TodaysMeet:

In Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #individuallearningISL2017 or in Snapchat.

Experiences, ideas and thoughts of individual learning

Answer in Padlet.

10 steps for teaching

Individual learning in teacher’s point of view.

This is my way to work:



8 steps for learning

Individual learning in student’s point of view. 

Instructions to students:


Ocean Activities

Students can choose how to learn.

Here are example activities for the theme of ocean:

Goals and evaluation of workshop

Feedback of workshop

Give your feedback, please.


The questionnaire:

About PISA 15