How are you involved in digital inclusion / empowerment?
I graduated from the Faculty of Electronic Engineering with a degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics. I work as a teacher of Informatics and Computing. In my teaching practice I seek to develop my students' digital competencies through project-oriented teaching while encouraging their analytical and critical thinking skills and their ability for problems solving. I teach my students not only to be consumers but also creators of digital contents, for what they are rewarded at different national and international competitions. As a member of the Pedagogical Society of Informatics in Serbia, I am institutionally committed to improving the quality of IT education by participating actively in working groups, competitions, trainings and events that this society actualizes or supports. I am a member of the working group of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development for the redefinition of IT content in primary and secondary schools. I am in charge of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Manuscript Assessment of Textbooks for Computing and Informatics. I am one of the Scientix ambassadors for Serbia, the science community for the promotion of STEM education in Europe. I am also the ambassador of the Erasmusplus program for Serbia, as well as for the eTwinning European network that promotes collaboration among European schools through the Internet portal using information and communication technologies in a safe way. Within this network I provide trainings and support to teachers, educators and professional associates both at the national and European level. I am the winner of national awards and recognitions such as "Digital Class". I am also the winner of the "eSkills for Jobs 2016 - Outstanding digital skills developer" competition by European Commission for excellence in digital skills through extensive use of ICT in teaching, an innovative way of developing students’ digital skills and a cross-curricular approach to teaching digital skills. I organize different events, such as motivational lectures by the successful women - STEM professionals, with the aim of increasing students’ interests in natural sciences thus encouraging them to select career in the field of STEM. Iput special emphasis on gender equality and overcoming academic gender stereotypes in order to break prejudices, especially among female students that they will be less attractive and feminine if they choose a career in STEM. My students also participated in the eTwinning project "Girls in ICT". I work with Roma students also. I was one of the panelist at The #DigitalSkills4Her session that covered topics:
•Highlight the gender gap in digital studies and work, its reasons and consequences based on data in the recently published Women in ICT study.
•Emphasise the importance of digital skills for life and for the labour market.
•Share good practices that have encouraged women and girls to get digitally skilled.
•Discuss how to best address the shortage of girls and women in STEM.
•Underscore that the digital transformation cannot be achieved without the active involvement of women.
How did you learn about this community?
I searched it through the web, I learned about it on social media
Why would yo like to join the network?
I want to address many examples of good practice, to apply them and actively to contribute to digital inclusion at different levels
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