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Additional online classes in school subjects will be held via video conferencing on the Moscow Electronic School platform.
The pilot educational project “Digital Tutor” has been launched in 80 schools in the capital. First of all, it is addressed to schoolchildren who find themselves in a difficult life situation and want to improve their academic performance in certain subjects. Classes will be held on the platform “Moscow Electronic School”(“MESH”).
“It should be borne in mind that in online education, of course, we tried to ensure that the knowledge of the children was worthy, so that they receive a good level of education. We all understand that not everywhere and not everyone succeeded. And it is absolutely in demand to improve knowledge of key subjects among schoolchildren and give them such an opportunity. Many Moscow families have such an opportunity: they hire tutors, the children attend these classes. But there is a category of students who do not have such a material opportunity. These are, for example, children from low-income families, families in difficult life situations. And we must give them a chance to be at the level of other families, so that they improve their knowledge, keep up and they have a chance to continue to graduate from school with dignity and enter good universities, get a good professional education. This is not only a technological, but also a humanitarian project, ”said the Moscow Mayor.
Sergei Sobyanin noted that there is a discussion among parents and teachers about an individual approach to teaching. There are those who fear that in this way students showing weak knowledge will only gain a foothold in the group of laggards. “Of course, we must give a strong, high-quality general education, but at the same time see talents. We should not reduce the level of children who are poorly engaged, but, on the contrary, should tighten them up and give them the opportunity to move further in those subjects for which the children have aptitude and which they want to study, ”he added.
Improve knowledge in online classes
At the first stage, more than 800 students of the sixth-eighth grades can use the services of digital tutors. An application for participation in the project can be submitted through the student’s personal account in the MES electronic diary. To do this, you will need to go to the Study / Digital Tutor section. This can be done by both parents and the students themselves.
Additional online classes – two lessons per week using the MES videoconferencing – are held free of charge in mini-groups of three to five people. Tutors use digital resources to help children improve their knowledge of Russian and English, algebra and geometry, physics and chemistry. You can choose up to two subjects, lessons are included in the student’s electronic timetable.
About 500 teachers have become digital tutors. More than 90 percent of them are teachers of Moscow schools and teachers of additional education, the rest are students of pedagogical universities. Many students have previously participated in the project “Teacher for the change”– taught classes in schools instead of teachers who were absent due to illness, or worked as assistants to teachers who conducted classes from home.
Sergei Sobyanin thanked all the teachers who agreed to take part in this project. “I hope that he will develop. So far we are doing this as an experiment, with a small group of students. I hope that after some time this project will open to all schools and will be available not only for low-income families, but also for other categories, ”he said.
For teachers wishing to become digital tutors, advanced training courses on effective distance learning using the MES and other city educational resources have been organized.
“The Moscow Electronic School is a very cool tool for us, because, firstly, it made it possible to vary the tasks during the lesson. And such a quick switch from one type of activity to another allows children not to get tired, keeps their interest constantly. The saturation of this resource is simply fantastic, “said Irina Kalmykova, an English teacher at the Digital School.
According to her, the service allows you to tailor education for a specific child. MES has simple and complex materials and assignments, tests and videos, as well as the experience of many teachers. “It seems to me that MES is the resource that has not yet been exhausted and can provide many other projects,” the teacher added.
Elina Streikmane, teacher of Russian language and literature, emphasized that the Digital Tutor project is an excellent opportunity to improve your own qualifications, share the experience gained during the pandemic, and learn about the work of colleagues.
“We are trying to follow the demands of the time, to get the kids interested, during the pandemic we have developed a new type of content – a video explanation. And I don’t want to stop there. Therefore, we are grateful to everyone who reviewed our applications, included us in this pilot project, and we are very pleased to be the first and show a worthy example to our colleagues, ”said Elina Streikmane.
As the project expands, it is planned to form a constantly growing database of digital tutors. Special invitations will be sent to school teachers whose students show high educational results.
The nearest plans include the organization of additional classes in Russian and English, algebra, geometry and social studies for students in grades 9-11, as well as expanding the list of subjects for sixth-eighth grades, taking into account the opinion of parents.
The project coordinator is the City Methodological Center of the Department of Science and Education, and the Digital School became the flagship.
School of new opportunities
The Digital School, created in 2019, is located in the building of the City Methodological Center of the Department of Education and Science of the city of Moscow at 15 Malaya Semenovskaya Street. 102 children from seventh to ninth grades study at the school. In the 2021/2022 academic year, specialized 10th grades will be opened.
In addition to in-depth study of mathematics, computer science and physics, students master specialized courses in programming, three-dimensional modeling, engineering, robotics, drawing, artificial intelligence technology, circuitry, biochemistry, web development.
Training is organized not only in full-time, but also in a distance format. Training courses in graphic design, virtual robotics, software development in Python and C ++ are conducted online in collaboration with teachers from technical universities.
Students can choose to study one of five foreign languages. The system of additional education has 17 circles and sections.
The school is equipped with an IT testing ground, a robot class, a biochemical and medical laboratory. In addition to teaching schoolchildren, they conduct advanced training courses for teachers and open master classes for students from other educational institutions.
In fact, the Digital School is an open platform for discussing new teaching technologies and digital tools for the teacher’s work.
“Moscow Electronic School”
“Moscow Electronic School” (“MES”) is the largest electronic educational platform in Russia with full-fledged educational and methodological content and the widest possible opportunities for teachers, students and parents.
The key elements of MES are a new generation electronic diary and a library of electronic materials.
The electronic diary is the most popular electronic service in Moscow, used by over two million teachers, students and parents.
The MES library works on the principle of Wikipedia, it is formed by the teachers themselves, uploading their own electronic lesson scripts and other teaching materials. Since March 2019, it has been available to users from anywhere in the world around the clock. More than 52 thousand electronic lesson scripts, 1.7 thousand electronic teaching aids, 348 textbooks, 245 works of fiction, eight unique virtual laboratories, over 470 thousand content units, 65 thousand test tasks and more than 135 thousand interactive educational applications are available in open access.
Since the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year, electronic lesson scripts posted in the MES have been used more than 10.5 million times.
The Moscow government has developed a special system for motivating teachers. For work with MES, teachers receive a monthly city allowance of 10 thousand rubles, and the authors of the most popular electronic educational materials receive special grants from the Moscow Government.
In a study by the international company Bain & Company, conducted in April 2018, MES was called a project that has no direct analogues in the world in terms of the creation and moderation of educational content by the teachers themselves.
In 2018–2019, at the HundrED educational summits in Helsinki (Finland), the MES project was included in the list of 100 major educational projects in the world.
In 2019, the Moscow Electronic School became the winner of the All-Russian competition for the best practices and initiatives for the socio-economic development of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the nomination “Creation of conditions aimed at increasing the information and technological potential of the region”. The competition coordinator is the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, MES – along with the Russian e-school, the Uchi.ru platform and the Foxford online school – became one of the digital resources and services most demanded by Russian schools, providing distance and e-learning in all subjects 1-11 grades.
New services of the “Moscow Electronic School”
Taking into account the challenges of the pandemic, the Moscow Electronic School has new services that make it even more convenient for users. This is a thematic framework, a constructor of lessons and electronic teaching aids, a video-conferencing service, the new content of the MES library, the Digital Homework service with the integration of the Yandex.Tutor resource.
Combines key topics across all school subjects. The main task of the framework is to integrate the main components of the MES: thematic planning, tests, digital homework, and library materials.
The thematic framework includes about a thousand topics for the programs of primary, basic and secondary general education and didactic units, the list of which was formed by the Russian pedagogical community as part of an open public discussion. Each topic is related to subject outcomes in accordance with the requirements of federal state educational standards.
The teacher no longer needs to write topics manually, just select them from the available list. For each lesson, educational materials and subject matter of the MES library are automatically offered. Materials can be attached to the lesson or asked at home, after which they will be automatically added to the student’s electronic diary. You no longer need to attach an additional task.
Thanks to the thematic framework, the learning process for students and their parents has become more convenient and understandable.
Updated lesson and e-tutorials builder
The lesson designer is one of the key tools used in the modern educational process, without which it is impossible to imagine the creation of digital lesson scripts. In the updated version, it received a number of new functions that make it possible to create educational content more productively and comfortably for users, opening up wide opportunities for creativity and solving educational problems.
Video conferencing service
In the new academic year, it became possible, if necessary, to attend classes in the format of videoconferences.
Parents and students no longer need to search chat or email for links to third-party resources for online lessons. If in the spring of 2020 it was necessary to use different platforms, it was impossible to ensure safety, every teacher had to send links for every lesson. Now the teacher and the student go to the distance lesson from their schedule in the web or mobile version of the “MES” diary.
New content of the MES library
Video tutorials are now available in the library. This is a new format that opens up additional opportunities for demonstrating and explaining material in the lesson, as well as repeating and consolidating knowledge at home.
The library was also replenished with two virtual laboratories – “Optics” and “Mechanics”. Without leaving your home or classroom, you can learn about the principles of operation of optical and mechanical devices, about what laws of physics underlie the usual phenomena: light, gravity, falling, braking, the operation of a pendulum and many others. A large selection of equipment in laboratories allows not to be limited to a specific set of experiments – users can independently configure the equipment and conduct their own experiments.
Digital homework with the integration of the resource “Yandex.Tutor”
For students, digital homework is displayed in the corresponding section of the electronic diary. Students and parents can see the subject, the date of the check, the attached materials, as well as the status of the tests and test tasks: “did not start”, “completed”, “checked”.
In “Homework” children can not only study and complete the assigned tasks, but also get acquainted with the results of passing the tests for each attempt. The number of attempts is unlimited.
When creating a digital homework assignment, a teacher can directly from the MESh magazine attach materials from the Yandex.Tutor service base to it, as well as configure homework parameters: set the recommended time for completion, specify a list of students to whom it is intended. The date for checking the assignment is set automatically, in accordance with the next lesson on the schedule, or the teacher can change it at his discretion.
The interface of “Homework” has become more convenient, the demand for which is growing in the current academic year.
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