ALL DIGITAL Week 2019 in elementary school „Knez Sima Marković“ from Barajevo, Serbia

For our students video games, computers, MP3 players, cell phones, social networks and  games over the Internet are part of everyday life. Technology today engages students in ways that previous generations could only dream of. Using technology as a tool for involving students in  school activities, their increased connectivity with the world around them, is an important task of the contemporary school.

Technology represents a tremendous opportunity to accelerate learning, to develop students to critical consumers of content. Communication and cooperation with students via internet promotes critical thinking, social responsibility and problem-solving.

Looking around you will notice students who are sending text messages, checking their accounts on Facebook, writing in their blogs, playing games, or doing it all at once. Their involvement in the use of technology is enormous. Imagine the possibilities when teachers could gain the attention of students using these technologies just for educational purposes. 

Many people are skeptical when it comes to using technology for educational purposes only and  that  is understandable. Among the teachers there are digital novices, but also those who do not accept modern information technology at all. That's exactly what needs to be changed if we want students in school to be motivated for learning, engaged, active.

The lecture "Web 2.0 tools in classroom teaching", which was held on March 28 at the elementary school "Knez Sima Marković" in Barajevo, was attended by 28 teachers working with children aged between 7 and 10.

eTwinning on-site event

The following results were obtained by processing the questionnaire for teachers' pre-knowledge:

  • 89% of teachers do not know what Web 2.0 tools are,
  • 93% do not use them at all, and only 7% several times a year.
  • 93% of teachers were not trained to use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom, and
  • 79% of teachers rated their own knowledge of Web 2.0 tools as 1 - insufficient.

The results showed that the event organizer chose the right topic and that there is a need for teachers to learn about Web 2.0 tools that they can use in their work and in the independent work of students.

During the lecture, they learned what the WWW is, the evolution of the Web, what distinguishes Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, what Web 2.0 tools are, why Web 2.0 should be used in classroom teaching, when to use those tools, why teachers should know more, how many are they…

Web 2.0 tools in classroom teaching - presentation in Serbian

Why Web 2.0 Tools in Teaching?

Traditional education involves mainly lectures that the teacher prepares and presents to pupils, the work of students is focused solely on their own paper, with no contact with other students surrounding them.

Web 2.0 tools, as learning tools, are by nature of a collaborative character. Students criticize and comment on each other's tasks, create new content in teams, simply communicate with each other, ask questions, or start discussions. The ability to use social media tools in the classroom is enormous. In the skilled teacher’s hands, they can be used to involve students in creative ways of learning, encouraging collaboration. For some students, who are shy or do not have the habit of communicating, discussions on electronic media are less scary, so they decide to participate more easily. It is an opportunity to meet each other and be encouraged to create new relationships with children their age.

If they show that they know the answers, are informed or ask good questions, students become successful online, they stand out and strengthen their confidence. By using Web 2.0 tools in the learning process, students have the opportunity to develop 21st century learning skills: learn new research methods, become independent researchers, develop skills in creative thinking, solve problems, become team workers, manage their own development and education.

On the other hand, modern technology allows us to get familiar with individual characteristics of students better than ever before. In this situation, each student can have a personal development plan, do different tasks at different time. Students can work in groups, on different tasks appropriate to their abilities, interests and needs. The teacher, on the other hand, has the ability to direct and coordinate their work, to pay attention to those who need support the most.

In order to interest them, teachers were presented to Web 2.0 tools: Slideshare, Youblisher, Joomag, Smore, Glogster, WordPress, Lino.it, Padlett, Weebly, Emaze, Prezi, Kizoa, PowToon, Thinglink, JigsawPlanet, eTwinning and already created teaching materials in these tools (Slideshare, Youblisher, Joomag, Smore, Glogster, WordPress, WordPress, Lino.it, Padlett, Weebly, Emaze, Prezi,Kizoa, PowToon, Thinglink, JigsawPlanet, eTwinning).

Since none of the present teachers attended seminars for Web 2.0 teaching tools, they got a recommendation for several online seminars / courses.

As the evaluation showed, 77% of teachers are interested in training, they were offered to choose a Web 2.0 tool, and then on Friday, March 29th, training was held for interested colleagues in elementary school "Knez Sima Marković", the satellite unit of the Veliki Borak to gain knowledge and skills for creating their own teaching materials using Web 2.0 tools.

During the period from 9.30 am to 11.00 am with teachers from the elementary school "Knez Sima Marković”, the satellite unit of the Srednji Kraj and Veliki Borak and colleague from the elementary school "Matija Gubec" Subotica, the satellite unit Ljutovo, the event „Get off the plastic, pull on the nature!“ was realized through Adobe Connect (as an example of using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom). Teachers Ivana Savić, Ana Trišić, Slavica Pokornić and Biljana Popović are working on eTwinning projects "Creatives", "My Diary of World Holidays" and " Meet Animals".

eTwinning online event "Get off the plastic, pull on the nature!"

Students saw a presentation on plastic, a video "Planet of Plastic and Pollution", a fashion show "Waste, Fashion and Nature" was organized, we talked about endangered animals, the action "Clock for our planet". The children showed polar bear masks and toys that they made together with their parents from plastic objects. They read QR codes and answered questions, and for the exact answers they received the diplomas "small ecologist". They promised that in the coming months they would not use plastic straws, glasses, plates and cutlery. On Saturday, March 30, all students turned off the lights in their homes for an hour to support Earth Hour 60+. The event was registered on the website Earth Hour Eco fashion show "Trash, fashion and nature".

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Personal observations on the realization of the activity

The colleagues carefully attended the lecture and presentation of examples of Web 2.0 tools.

Teachers should be encouraged to educate themselves on Web educational technologies and teaching applications in order to prepare their learners for lifelong learning, but also to provide them with interesting, interactive and quality teaching.

Encourage them on lifelong learning, to improve their own work, digital competencies and introduce innovation in teaching.

Observations about realization of activities of other participants

"Colleague Biljana Popović is a fantastic colleague and professional in business. She selflessly shares her knowledge with colleagues that is pricelessly important in this period when it is necessary to modernize the teaching process."

"Use the Knowledge of Web 2.0 tools "before she goes to the Ministry of Education"!"

Not written, but spoken ... "I want to have my personal life. She certainly does not have it with all this works/achievements!"

Web 2.0 tools in classroom teaching - presentation in English about workshop/training at school

Conclusion
For students, traditional teaching is boring, insufficiently dynamic, fatigued. In order to make pupils' achievements more significant, traditional teaching needs to be changed both through the application of new teaching tools and through new approaches in learning. If the Internet is a natural habitat for today's Google generation, its application in teaching and as a teaching tool in the hands of teachers and as a textbook in the hands of students is necessary.
Today's teachers should learn to communicate in the language of their students, and this is precisely what Web 2.0 tools, that make learning interesting and creative, do. The characteristics of the Web 2.0 tools are that they are free, constantly available, they do not need installation on the computer, so they do not have special requirements to the user's computer. They are easy to use and they imply interaction between users and the content.

Minister of Education of the Republic of Serbia, Mladen Šarčević, announced on April 3, 2019 that there will be 10,000 digital classrooms in schools in Serbia, and that in less than two years, Serbia will have a fully digitized education system, which is the shortest time in Europe for the introduction of digitization into education.

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