1. Creativity and innovation throughout the educational period of a child/learner
Creativity and innovation play important role in all fields in the modern world. Creativity was named to be the most important economic resource of 21. century, so therefore it is of great importance to dedicate enough of attention to that field. It is a concept of living at the broadest sense that connects the learners and the teachers with various sources, contents and technology. The aim of the concept is therefore to encourage the curiosity, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, team work, early learning, etc.
In this frame aim we encourage the articles, that will bring to the exchange of ideas and concepts with the development of creativity and innovation by learners from kindergarten throughout all educational vertical, like: presentation of the learning by doing, experimental learning, subject interconnectivity and connecting, non-conventional learning environments, like nature classrooms, virtual laboratories, escape rooms, etc.
2. Use of the digital technologies in teaching
Digital technology and informational-communication technology generally influences the quality of learning and teaching; this is why the innovative, didactically appropriate learning materials have to be included into the teaching in modern society. Integration of new technologies into ordinary classrooms demands from the educator a good level of knowing the tools and its variety of uses and also the ability to impress the learners for its use. The number of printed learning materials (for learners and teachers) that are upgraded by their digital applications is constantly growing.
This conference looks for and offers the opportunity for the exchange of the good examples the IKT offers in the pedagogical process. With those examples we wish to motivate and encourage also those educators who are still thinking about whether they should join the world of technology in classrooms and leave the paper versions of teaching behind, since those approaches of passing the knowledge are closer to the learning population.
3. Approaches and teaching techniques
With the purpose of reaching the set up educational aims to become the most effective, we use plenty of traditional and tested approaches to the education. For the faster reach of wished pedagogical aims and results, we therefore find of key importance, different, unusual methods of work and innovative, creative approaches as well as teaching techniques.
With the help of the third aim we give chance to all participants to present and exchange the examples of new teaching techniques and practices, the examples of lessons in the unusual forms of work, special achievements, ideas, innovations and innovative approaches. We are also interested in, how you develop and introduce into the classroom, modern, innovative and flexible learning methods as well as flexible methods of work and teachings.
President of Programme Committee:
Igor Dosedla, School Centre Celje
|Igor Dosedla, Director of School Centre Celje. He was named into the principal of the Vocational and Technical Electro and Chemical school in 1996. He has been the Director of School Centre Celje since 1. 9. 2003. He cooperated in the working group for the curriculum, textbooks, knowledge catalogues and catalogues of exams for various subjects in the field of electronics. He actively cooperated in the commission for the preparation of Vocational and Professional Educational Law Regulation (Association of Secondary Schools and Boarding Schools in Slovenia) as well as in work group for the evaluation of programmes according to the methodology D (Ministry for School Education). He is a member of the Committee of the Consortium of School Centres of Slovenia and was also a member of the Consortium Committees for updating and developing vocational and tertiary education programs MUNUS 1, MUNUS 2 and MUNERA 3.|
Members of the Programme Committee:
Nevenka Bogataj, PhD, Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
|PhD Nevenka Bogataj, professional research consultant in the area of the adults’ education in the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education. She regularly develops innovative concepts (ex. centres of lifelong learning, community learning) and educational programmes (ex. basic and extended education for sustainable development). She recognizes new target groups (ex. forest owners, agrarian communities) as well as the ignored communities of vulnerable. With the coordination of study groups, she connects the practical experiences with the researches, therefore she regularly publishes and is very often being quoted. She edited many of the National Proceedings, and she appears internationally as the reviewer and co-author in the area of natural resources management and by the enforcement of the “cooperation model”.|
Nives Počkar, School Centre Ljubljana
|Nives Počkar, the Director of the School Centre Ljubljana. She is a president of the Association of the Secondary School Principals, Colleges and Boarding Schools which is as well the member of the European School Heads Association. She actively cooperates in the Management Board of the Association of Secondary Schools and Boarding Schools in Slovenia and is a member of the Expert Council of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational and Technical Education. She is an executive Committee member in the EFEE (European Federation of Education Employers) and is a president in the Management Board in the Consortium of the Slovenian School Centres.|
Jasmina Poličnik, Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges
|Jasmina Poličnik, the Secretary General in the Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges – Association HVC. Her basic work is connected to the development of the higher vocational education, enabling and following the quality of the higher vocational schools as well as the following of the innovation processes. She performs in the international activities, mostly connected to the quality of the vocational education by cooperating in the Erasmus+ programmes (also as EURASHE representative of the work group for the quality), she as well leads and manages the processes of practical education.|
Suzana Plemenitaš, Primary School Dobje
|Suzana Plemenitaš, the principal in Primary School Dobje. Under her lead, the school successfully got the title to be the First Microsoft Primary School in the Slovenia. Due to the innovative way of including the informational-communicational technology into the teaching process they got the prospective Kumerdej’s award. As a teacher she cooperated in the frame of the e-school project as a counsellor and mentor for multiple teacher seminars. She was also the editor of the sample e-classrooms for the first educational period at SIO web portal and moderator of the e-classroom for primary school teaching. Since 2009 she has been writing articles and presents them at the international conferences.|
Natalija Klepej Gržanič, School Centre Celje
|Natalija Klepej Gržanič, independent expert associate, project coordinator. At the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Secondary, Higher Vocational and Adult Educational Directorate, Cohesion Policy Implementation Office) she worked in the controlling of the payment claims, conclusion reports, cooperated in the preparation of the tender calls and was included into the tender calls commissions. She cooperated/cooperates in Erasmus+ (KA1, KA2, KA3) project coordination, national and in other European projects in the frame of Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges – Association HVC and School Centre Celje.|
Mateja Rajh Jager, School Centre Celje
|Mateja Rajh Jager, independent expert associate, project coordinator is included into the preparations and implementations of the international Erasmus+ projects (KA1, KA2) as well as in many national projects from the field of adult education performed in the frame of Adult Training Centre of School Centre Celje. She leads and cooperates in the organisation of International symposiums, conferences and other events (coordinator of the TVU (Lifelong Learning Weeks), organisation of the Learning Parade). She also cooperated with the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education in the development of the new public programme for young school dropouts.|
Live your dream – here and now!
Always say »yes« to the new opportunities, don’t be afraid to take risks and believe in your success. Live here and now and always ask yourself how your actions will help to the others …
Alen Pavšar, the director and Mateja Zorko Pavšar, the screenwriter of the movie Vloga za Emo (Changing Emma) will talk about these tips for full and fulfilling business and personal life. It was the second most watched Slovenian independent movie and it was watched by more than 35.000 viewers in 2014. But the truth is, it meant much more than that. It was the opportunity for changing lives of all the people who created it.
Who are Mateja and Alen?
|Her friends say, Mateja just cannot stand still.
She has been performing on stage since she was little and she has not stopped working in radio and television during her Pedagogy studies. During her student days she became more and more dedicated to work in public relations. After graduation, she became a psychologist in the elementary school, but in the same time she was cooperating with MIK Celje. Later, she was employed in this company for several years. Approximately at that time her first book, Vsemogočni v ogledalu (Almighty in the Mirror) was published (Lisac&Lisac, 2012, Mateja Zorko, Franci Pliberšek).
Working with children, however, is what Mateja always returns to. In 2010, she started working as psychologist at School Centre Celje, where the first students’ online / web television was founded. The television was inspired by the book MotivAkcija za mlade (MotivAction for Young) (Smiljan Mori Success Systems, 2012, Mateja Zorko and Smiljan Mori). On the base of that book, the screenplay for the movie Vloga za Emo was written. The movie won the Golden Roll Award.
|Alen was staring at the camera, wondering how the picture came on television, before he could walk.
He was a first generation student of the media technician program at School Centre Celje and completed his high school education as one of the most perspective students. Already then he used each moment of his free time to direct some movies (Kaos, Popolno …) and received many awards at movie festivals. After graduating he started working as multimedia engineer / teacher at School Centre Celje. At the same time, he owns and is a director of the company Almedia, which produced a lot of promotional movie, adds, music videos and other video materials. His most notable project is certainly a movie for young people, Vloga za Emo, where he appeared as the producer and director. Slovenian renowned director Janez Lapajne, who was Alen’s professor said, Alen had been a young aspiring director already during the study and he will surely leave a mark in the Slovenian movie industry.
His colleagues say, Alen is extremely competent, ambitious person, who knows exactly what he wants. He is uncompromising, but at the same time remains humble and follows the right values and principles.
Didactics in the age of education 4.0
The ´future world of work´ is not the future anymore. Digitalization and automation affect our lives in, roughly speaking, all fields. Industry 4.0, welfare 4.0 and commerce 4.0 have prompted education 4.0 and the 21st century skills.
In this context, several recent innovation projects in Denmark have resulted in the new didactic model “ROBOdidactic”. The model promotes teaching that includes digital production, whether the technologies cover programming, robot technologies or, recently, augmented reality. The teaching of technological production is linked to aspects of digital literacy and collaboration with stakeholders in the environment. Playground approaches as well as the learners’ co-design of processes are also crucial elements.
With the learner in the center, the teachers create greater coherence across educational levels, between primary, secondary and higher education. Thus, the teachers cooperate across the levels to transform the ´education chain´ into a ´learning chain´. The presentation will offer practical and theoretical insight into the model “ROBOdidactic”. Selected elements are illustrated by two vocational highschool teachers, with examples from their teaching practice in different advanced technologies across the ´education chain´.
Who is Regina?
|Regina is the founder and director of Moeve; in movement on her mission to spot and achieve new landmarks for education and training.
The dedicated project manager of a wide range of major pedagogical innovation projects, in Denmark as well as across countries; she creates a playground for bringing professionals together and fostering their joint innovation. This involves organizing, de-constructing and re-organizing, until new forms and synergies emerge, always being aware of goals and schedules to be met and to interact with innovation. Here, Regina uses the human desire for exploration and progression as the main driving forces.
The youth education sector with its related fields is her primary area of work, where ICT for refining teaching and learning processes is one of her core business areas.
Regina holds a Master of Adult Education as well as a Master of Project Management and Change Processes, built on her commercial background and years of teaching. From time to time, she delivers expert tasks, such as studies, analyses, and research work, also related to results from her projects.
Petnica – a perfect place for talented students
Petnica Science Center is the biggest and, probably, the oldest independent nonprofit organisation for extracurricular, informal science education in South Eastern Europe. Since 1982, Petnica has organised more than 2,500 programs (seminars, workshops, research camps…) for nearly 50,000 students and science teachers in 15 disciplines of science, technology and humanities. The unique inspirational atmosphere the Petnica Center provides is a perfect place for a Summer Science School since it encourages interest in science in a relaxed environment.
Petnica International Science School takes place alongside our other summer courses, and some of the activities are organized for both PI and local Petnica students who are known for their wide spectrum of interests – they are talented in sports, music, theatre, they enjoy movies and literature and they are very sociable and open for meeting new people and finding out more about different cultures. They themselves come from different social, educational and religious backgrounds in Serbia, and they are interested in different areas of research, so they know how to enjoy the cultural and scientific variety that Petnica has to offer.
Who is Nikola?
|Nikola Božić is the Program Director at Petnica Science Center, independent organization for extracurricular science education. He is science educator and science communicator, and TEDx speaker. Nikola was editor-in-chief of Popular Science Magazine (Serbian Edition) and editor of the scientific column at B92.net. Nikola Božić was author of the popular science book “Astronomy” that received the national prize “Neven” for the best popular science book for youngsters in 2013. He was awarded for his extraordinary contribution to promotion of science by Serbian Ministry of Science with the “Milutin Milankovic” prize in 2010. Nikola Božić is the president of the Board of Young Researchers of Serbia. He is coordinator of the Working Group 18 of the National Convention for EU Integrations for Chapters 25 and 26 (education and scienc) which is organization established to monitor the EU integration process; and the member of The EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) which is one of the bodies set up within the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and Serbia. Nikola Božić was decorated by French Republic with the medal as the knight in Order of Academic Palms for his activities in scientific and educational cooperation between Serbia and France.
Fields of expertise are: management, development and evaluation of educational programs; experimental educational programs; work with gifted kids; development of teacher training programs; development of innovative and experimental educational programs; development of youth excellence; science educational programs; multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education; modern teaching methods; hands on education; do-it-yourself science education; inquiry based learning; best learning practices; educational policies.
Tech Solutions within Erasmus+ KA1 & KA2
At Language Xchange Ireland believe that the very best way to gain English language skills is to be fully immersed in the language, particularly for students who wish to become competent speaking English in a business environment. We design programmes that optimise students’ ability to learn ‘Business English’. Our students develop confidence speaking English in a business environment, expand their vocabulary and learn business terminology. A warm welcome, friendly Irish hospitality and our ‘safety first’ philosophy are a cornerstone of our services!
Who is Con?
|Con Furey is Managing Director of the Language Xchange Ireland, one of Ireland’s leading language exchange companies. Their programmes are tailored to meet the needs of students who wish to gain international English language experience and develop confidence speaking English in a business environment. In addition to learning English in a business environment, their programmes provide an opportunity to develop conversational English in fun, relaxing social environments. They have successfully hosted students from Austria, Italy, Poland, France, Greece, Finland and Norway since 2009. They have partnered many Erasmus+ projects as an Irish Partner.|
Pattern City Velenje – the most modern classroom in Europe
Pattern City Velenje, founded 2018 (Pattern.City), is an education ecosystem dedicated to research and innovation development in the cooperation of the educational sphere and economy. The concept is based on the Quintuple Helix Innovation model for sustainable knowledge circulation. Students in the Pattern City explore, create, broaden their horizons in the most modern way and thus learn about modern science and technology with the help of interactive tools. In doing so, they develop the competences of digital literacy, interdisciplinarity and seek for innovative solutions. The challenge of digital transformation in the school system is our priority. New technologies as a learning tool motivate students while offering them technology that they find familiar. In this way, we can optimize the beginning of learning and determine the difficulty of vertical education. In the Pattern City we are looking for a point of researching the taxonomy of learning and understanding complex learning materials. We analyze the active learning pathway of the student’s activity, which in addition to learning the subject includes their cognitive, affective and psychomotor personality. The purpose of learning layouts, evaluations and research is to find new methodological approaches that are commensurate with the student’s view of the current development of technology. To date, over 25000 pupils and students from all over Slovenia have visited us.
Who is Miha?
|Miha Cojhter, together with Erik Kapfer, is the conceptual owner and co-founder of the Pattern City Velenje. Pattern City operates as a research and development department of the University for Society (Andragoški zavod Ljudska univerza Velenje). Miha with an MA in computer science is head of Pattern City’s educational programme part. He does research on the importance of education, science and the arts, which can be read in his several scientific articles. His works in education, science and art are found in America and Europe. As a resident of Austria, he has been working intensively in Velenje and Slovenia for the last few years and has been establishing better educational conditions and skills acquisition through projects. The most recognizable projects are: Interactive Learning installations of the Pattern City (Roboelectrics, 10,000 miles, World Wars, Forgotten World and Under construction), Space 360° Center Noordung, Between Tree and Cradle, Fashion Giants, the Šalek Valley educational parks, Hiking trails of the Upper Savinja Valley, Muzej flosarstva Ljubno. What is more, the first smart classroom in rural areas in being prepared.
The areas of expertise in his work are: development of educational methods, research curriculum, conceptual learning, curriculum preparation for students and teacher training, development of interactive educational programmes with the help of modern technology.