ALL DIGITAL Week 2019 in Lithuania

The Association Langas į ateitį for the 10th time organized ALL DIGITAL Week in Lithuania.  This year we decided to tackle one of the most important topics – technologies in education. Digital competences and ICT usage are essential for everyone in the 21st century. Schools and teachers must be ready to give pupils access to digital technologies as early as possible while learning, creating, researching, as well as communicating and collaborating.

Over 15,000 people participated in the campaign activities, and about 527 public libraries organized various activities during the week. All the activities were organized in partnerships with libraries and various education providers and other stakeholders.

Teachers, kids, parents and anyone interested in ICT infrastructure participated in libraries' open doors days and got to know and test the new equipment. Visitors were introduced to engineering, creative and programming packages featuring devices such as 3D printer, virtual reality goggles, robotics kits, constructors, drones, and more. 

During the campaign, pupils were invited to participate in educational video lectures, where they heard interesting facts about ICT professions, found out how perspective they are and how to choose the right one. In addition, brain battles, quizzes and discussions, lectures on "How to tell fake news from real news?", "Advertising critic" and others were organized in libraries.

The elderly were not forgotten as well.  An online seminar “Safe Ways to Use E-banking” were included additionally, where useful information and advices from Lithuanian banking and telecommunication professionals were presented.

 The conference “Development of digital competence: When and How”

Among all we would like to highlight the conference “Development of digital competence: When and How” which was organized in partnerships with Education Development Centre (EDC), Vilnius University Kaunas Faculty, Centre of Information Technologies in Education, National Digital Coalition in Lithuania. The main focus of March 26th conference was on the digital competence of primary education teachers.

Over 120 Kaunas region participants attended the conference. Next to school teachers one could meet  school headmasters and deputies which is understandable cause. Successful use of digital technologies in education is very much dependent on the priorities of school leaders and on the support and encouragement of school teachers as well. 

The event started with up-to-date presentations and relevant reports. After a coffee break, workshop activities were organized in four groups:

  • algorithm and programming for primary school students;
  • digital content creation;
  • activities for primary school students in virtual environments;
  • school leaders' discussion on How to organize informatics education in primary classes more efficiently.

Participants feedback was very positive, events like this are not often, especially  far from the capital though of a great need. Majority of participants expressed their will to attend this kind of events more often.

We thank all the participants, collaborators and partners who supported us in organizing the activities!

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