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MORE SYNergy between Higher and Secondary EDUcation in Informatics, Computing and Electrotechnics
Start date: Jan 20, 2013,
End date: Jan 20, 2014
Within the frame of this project we will develop courses for informatics teachers with aim to innovate their knowledge and make them competent for new technologies. In order to do that we will establish Web based platform for e-learning as a basis for life-long learning. At the beginning e-learning experts from both Faculties will formulate a theoretical framework for guiding the design of instruction and learning in the context of training courses. This framework will be in line with the need for combining face-to-face with ICT-based delivery approaches and will be based on the blended instructional paradigm. Proposed approach to continuous education is based on contemporary methods of teaching and learning, new information technologies, and development of professional cooperation and partnership. Information technologies (multimedia and Internet technologies) are important backbone for professional education of teaching staff – as educational tool for informatics teachers, and as platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas. Because of that, teachers should be educated to use modern information technologies and apply them in teaching process. Two most important activities in our project are important for upgrading and acceleration of education process of teachers: increasing number of trained teaching staff for informatics, and development of e-learning facilities. Within the frame of the project we will establish closer cooperation between two E-learning Centres. In order to motivate secondary school pupils for Electrotechnics, Informatics and Computer science studies we will organize: Study visit of faculty professors to targeted secondary schools in the region and organization of popular lectures. "Open Day" at both partner faculties for pupils attending final year of secondary school - number of pupils per faculty is app. 200. Three level competitions for pupils (level of school, region and interregional - international) - expected number of contestants is app. 150. Achievements: The project envisioned and achieved the following results:- The total of 924 teachers from border regions had been trained during 15 training seminars;- Two major Open Day events had been organized in Nis and in Sofia and international pupils competition had been organized;- Linkages between institutions were strengthened through partnership agreements and longterm cooperation agreements;- Number of participants in all events and activities exceeded planned numbers, because of great identified importance to local communities of project activities: 15.5% more teachers trained in 50% more seminar events, in the regional and international competition participated 3.5 times more pupils than expected, while twice as many had interest to participate. OpenDay events were visited by 38% more pupils and teachers than initially planned.The project was successfully completed in January 2014.
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