Nowadays safe internet usage has become a very relevant issue in the rapidly developing information society. Due to this reason, the Centre of Information Technologies in Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania is collaborating in an alliance with Langas I Ateiti and Microsoft Lithuania to support initiating and advanced training materials and e-courses for teachers, under the title: "What should educators know about the threats on the internet?"
The e-course was developed to provide Lithuanian educators with theoretical and practical information about kids’ protection from the threats on internet. The project was implemented in 2011 and ended in December. Despite this short period of time, over 1500 primary and secondary school teachers, social pedagogues, psychologists and school administrators from all over Lithuania registered for the training.
"There is a lot of data about internet threats and prevention on the web but it is rather complicated and timetaking for teachers to choose the most suitable one. For this reason our goal was to gather all possible and most relevant information into one training curriculum and to specify the most usual problems while offering simple solutions. The training materials are enriched with useful links for deeper analysis and practice." – said Loreta Krizinauskiene, director of Langas I Ateiti.
In the opinion of Mindaugas Glodas, Microsoft Baltics's General Manager: "The development of technologies creates new ways of modern teaching. That is why it is so critically important to provide teachers with modern e-skills and IT solutions that could make learning processes more attractive and effective."
Participation in the e-course was the inspiration for a majority of pedagogues to initiate classes for children at their schools on safe behaviour online. "I am an IT teacher at school for many years. And I am a mother of three kids of my own at home. That is why this e-course was very useful for me – as a mother and as a teacher. I couldn‘t say I was unaware of all the information but it was a great opportunity to remember this issue and to update the knowledge I had before."– told one of the secondary school teachers.
The feedback from the project participants was positive. The demand on knowledge in safer internet issue in Lithuania became clear - most of educators would like to continue the e-course training in safer internet usage.
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