COMMUNITY REPORTERS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. NEW INNOVATION PROJECT IN STEM EDUCATION

In this paper an innovative methodology based on the so-called community reporting (Barrón Hernández, Smith and Wilson, 2012 Muñoz and Bartoletti, 2012) is described. This methodology use social technologies that allow students to become reporters of the science and technology inputs in Secondary Education. The potential is based on how students-reporters are transmitting to their context the major advances in scientific research and technological innovation developed in the research centers of their immediate community.

A group of Master Degree (Preservice teachers-in Seconday Education) students participated in the experiment, by developing training proposals, teaching units that include community reporters methodology.

Finally the "Science@ Reporters" website designed from this innovative project is described. This virtual platform aims to be a connecting link between Secondary Schools and research centers, where resources and innovative experiments are collected and presented based on investigative reporting, so that they can inspire new training practices in STEM education, especially in the areas of science and technology.

The degree of innovation of the project and its scientific and technical relevance goes beyond school impacts, by including the dissemination of knowledge and interest in science to the broad segment of the public. The Web platform provide visibility to the interviews that the high school students carry out to different scientists, researchers and technicians in their local community. In the short term, this online platform, with its various communication channels and social networks exchange will allow the creation and promotion of opportunities for collaboration and digital learning.