2013-09-11 08:48:00

The Presentation of "Schools 2.0" Project

On 11th September 2013, at 10:00 hrs, the CARNet's "Schools 2.0" project will be presented in the Conference room of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. The aim of this project is to enable high-quality and comprehensive distance learning and e-learning for a wide number of users - teachers and students.

As a part of "European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration", in June this year, this project was declared by the European Commission to be one of three most innovative projects within the "Initiatives for Research and Education" category.

The project will be presented by the Minister Željko Jovanović, Ph.D., Zvonimir Stanić, CARNet Chief Executive Officer and Aleksandra Mudrinić Ribić, head of ''Schools 2.0'' project. Let us mention that, within the framework of "Schools 2.0" project, no less than 25 schools (seven central schools with corresponding branch schools) are connected to the fast Internet line and to CARNet via optical network. In schools, wireless networks were installed (with eduroam access points) to provide access for students and teachers via their tablet computers to online contents and digital textbooks, and use them for videoconferencing and distance learning. Also, all those schools are also participating in CARNet e-Class Register project.

Seven central elementary schools with their corresponding branch schools are participating in this project: Elementary school "Ljubo Babić" from Jastrebarsko, Branch school "Plešivica", Branch school "Volavje", Branch school "Čeglje", Branch school "Petrovina", Branch school "Desinec", Elementary school "Žakanje", Branch school "Kamanje", Branch school "Ribnik", Elementary school "Generalski Stol", Elementary school "Mario Martinolić" on Mali Lošinj, Branch school "Veli Lošinj", Branch school "Nerezine", Branch school "Susak", Branch school "Ilovik", Branch school "Unije", Elementary school "Šarengrad", Branch school "Bapska", Branch school "Mohovo", Elementary school "Šećerana", Branch school "Luc", Branch school "Torjanci", Branch school "Baranjsko Petrovo Selo" and Elementary school "Brodarica" with Branch school "Krapanj".

Schools are also equipped with scientific educational instruments (sensors) for natural science subjects - biology, chemistry, physics and ecology. The use of mentioned sensors encourages collaborative approach and project learning approach, considering that this project provides for all participating schools to mutually cooperate by means of various educational activities, including the use of technology in teaching. The use of sensors will also encourage the understanding of natural science subjects (and nature in general) in a different way, closer to students, and it will also contribute to digital literacy of all participating users.

For this project, CARNet received slightly less than 12 million HRK via the tender of Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency (HAKOM). The funds, except for the purposes of implementing the previously mentioned network and videoconferencing infrastructure and connections, were also spent for the procurement of tablet computers for teachers and students, for the required education of teaching personnel in order to increase digital competence of teachers, for targeted education on use of this technology, as well as for planning and implementation of the project cooperation among schools.

The "Schools 2.0" project of the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet) was chosen as one of the three most innovative initiatives in the "Initiative for the Education and Research" category of the European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration. This valuable prize was awarded by the Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who said: "Innovations are not reserved only for business. The public administration generates half of the gross domestic product of the EU and it should also be open to changes. Today, our winners have shown that we can improve our lives and contribute to the modernisation of our economies by connecting new ideas with technology. We need more initiatives of this kind."

During the project, a systematic education of teachers has been performed regarding the IKT implementation in their teaching and work, as well as encouraging the teachers to accept new education methods and use the technology. CARNet still continues the professional training of teachers involved in the project, continues to invest in development of digital maturity of the schools involved in the project, and works on project-related interconnection of schools at the national and international level.

More info on "Schools 2.0" project in croatian language can be found on the project's website at the following address: http://www.carnet.hr/skole2.0.
 


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