The project is funded by the governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through grants from the Visegrad Four from the International Visegrad Fund. The aim of the fund is to support the idea of sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe. More information is available at www.visegradfund.org.
The main priorities highlighted by the project are to strengthen the profile of the teaching profession and to strengthen the development of key competences, with a common denominator in improving education. The aim of the project is to arouse greater interest in adopting and incorporating innovative approaches into the teaching process.
Given the number of young students admitted to secondary schools each year, it is not possible to overlook several negative aspects of current youth (inattention, unwillingness to spend time studying the required materials, gaining knowledge from various areas of interest, lack of interest in history, current events, overall social outlook).
We believe that in the case of improving secondary education, it will be possible to achieve higher interest in young people in studying, a greater willingness to try to develop their knowledge and skills and thus fully integrate into society and be of benefit to them.
As part of strengthening key competencies, this project focuses primarily on the acquisition of competencies and their subsequent implementation in selected subjects. These are “classic” skills – such as leading questions and developing critical thinking, the ability to search for quality digital content, but also the practical skills themselves – e.g. in creating interesting and visually appealing presentations with innovative elements (since we know that the current generation has strong visual potential), the inclusion of interactive possibilities in the way of teaching).
The outputs of this project were created based on an analysis of teachers ‘digital skills with a focus on 2 main areas: teachers’ view and perception of students, as well as the current state and satisfaction with teaching on the part of both teachers and students.
Through the course created in the Moodle platform, teachers and other professionals working in the field of education and training will acquire tools and a set of skills, thanks to which they will become acquainted with issues of new media usable in their pedagogical practice. At the same time, they can improve their ability to apply innovative approaches in the educational process by effectively using a wide range of free online tools, applications and technology solutions from the category of new media. At the same time, this platform makes it possible to create new networks and opportunities for sharing best practice and theoretical knowledge, as well as for developing common learning strategies at European level. The integration of teachers across schools and V4 countries will contribute to cross-border cooperation based on the effective use of new ICT-based pedagogies, techniques and tools.