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VIII Week of Pedagogical Education Began in Saratov University

23 March, 2021 - 10:00

VIII Week of Pedagogical Education Began in Saratov University

Александра Головачёва
Геннадий Савкин

The VIII Week of Pedagogical Education has opened at Saratov University. The first event of the scientific and educational festival was the plenary session where experienced specialists in pedagogy delivered blitz lectures on the usage of digital technologies in the classroom. The topic of computerization became the main for the festival. It is reflected in its title – the Digital School – Opportunities for Everyone.

The meeting was moderated by the Head of Priority Projects and Programmes, SSU, Elena Yelina. She introduced the participants of the festival, which, in addition to students, teachers and university professors, included employees of the Ministry of Education of the Saratov Region, the City Education Committee and the Saratov Regional Institute for Education Development. According to Elena Genrikhovna, in addition to those who attended the meeting in person, those who preferred Internet communication had the opportunity to hear the lectures and welcoming reports of the organizers - there were over two hundred such listeners.

Before starting the plenary session, Professor E.G. Yelina shared the good news with the guests: “Perhaps not everyone knows yet that an innovative platform has been created on the basis of our university to support young teachers. Today's festival is one of the first major events this year, to which we were able to invite novice teachers. "

“When we gave the name to the next Week of Teacher Education, some of the organizers suggested adding a question mark to it, wishing in this way to indicate some doubts related to the introduction of a new element into the educational system. However, life itself has proved that the availability of computer technologies and the real need for them are no longer in doubt. We made sure that the question mark is a symbol of the past, but we are moving forward - to the future, ”said Elena Genrikhovna.

Following the head of priority projects and programs, SSU Rector Aleksei Chumachenko: “Dear friends, I sincerely want to thank you for participating in the Week of Teacher Education, dedicated to such an important phenomenon as universal digitalization. This process turned out to be so all-consuming that without it it is already impossible to imagine any sphere of human activity. Today, our main task is to do everything so that future specialists know how to competently use all the conveniences that the digital age gives us. And here it is important to note that the formation of competent personnel begins not at the university or even at school, but in kindergarten, but ends only when life itself comes to an end. The need to move to new "digital rails", as we have already seen, applies to everyone, so we have to make every effort to do it as quickly and efficiently as possible. "

The final speech was the welcoming speech of the chairman of the Saratov branch of the All-Russian Pedagogical Society, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, SSU Igor Malinskii: “It just so happened that exactly a year ago the whole world was paused. We all had to say goodbye to the audience for a while and go online. This period turned out to be full of difficulties and trials. It is my deep conviction that without the possibility of direct communication, it is impossible to achieve results in such a complex and interesting profession at the same time as a teacher. We are pleased to announce that this spring we are returning to our usual forms of life - at our university the circle is symbolically closed with a week of pedagogical education, with which everything began last year. I would like to wish all those present fruitful and useful work and, of course, good health. "

The main program of the plenary session consisted of four speeches reflecting the key trends in the development of the modern education system. A graduate of SSU, director of the Saratov secondary school №95, I.V. Parkhomenko. Irina Vladimirovna presented a new technology for teaching schoolchildren called "EduScrum". Its essence lies in the creation of special groups in which children independently determine their educational tasks, plan activities, analyze the results of work and evaluate themselves. According to the teacher, it is this approach that allows students to develop such “flexible skills” that are so demanded in the labor market, such as creativity, critical thinking, cooperation and communication.

Irina Vladimirovna told about all the stages of technology implementation and offered students and graduates of Saratov University assistance in its development. She stressed that the school is always glad to both interns and new employees.

Stereotypes about the generation of modern schoolchildren and students in the report "Myths and realities of digital natives and digital emigrants" were dispelled by Marina Khramova. She presented the results of studies related to the psychological characteristics of adolescents that affect the process of assimilating information. In her work, she drew on the work of Mark Prensky and a number of other experts studying the "digital generation".

During her speech, Marina Viktorovna explained to the audience the meaning of the concepts of "digital wisdom", "digital orphanhood" and "digital mentoring", and also outlined which beliefs about high school students and students are based on, and which are only speculations, convenient for marketers and advertisers ...

The participants of the festival were taught to freely use the language of new media by Associate Professor of the Department of Theory, History of Language and Applied Linguistics Daria Kaluzhenina and Associate Professor of the Department of General Literary Studies and Journalism Roman Pavlenko. In the report "Computer slang and the newspeak of the digital world" Daria Vasilievna and Roman Igorevich indicated the main reasons why a modern teacher should understand what students are talking about. One of them is the need to respond quickly to external threats that can harm the child's psyche.

The lecturers' speeches turned out to be lively and exciting. The older generation spoke with the younger in the same language, finally defining for themselves the meaning of the notorious "lol", "coke", "rofl" and many other previously incomprehensible words.

Head of the Department of Information Systems and Technologies in Education Natalia Aleksandrova and Associate Professor of the Department of Medical Physics Andrei Rytik. They explained to colleagues why the use of computer technology should be done with great discretion. In their opinion, modern methods are not always more effective than traditional ones, in addition, hours spent at a PC or phone can negatively affect the child's health.

Natalya Alekseevna and Andrey Petrovich presented a list of recommendations that would minimize the damage associated with the modernization of training. In addition, they shared resources designed to make it easier to prepare for the lessons - the listed resources are intended not only for students, but also for teachers.

The results of the first meeting within the framework of the Week of Pedagogical Education were summed up by E.G. Elina. She thanked the organizers of the festival, noting the merits of each of them.

Ekaterina Nikolaeva, a 2nd year student of Institute of Sports and Physical Training, shared her impressions of participation in the plenary session: “The speeches that were made today turned out to be not only interesting, but also useful for me. Once again, I was convinced that the future belongs to digital technologies. I liked very much the informal communication format in which the lecturers spoke. I especially remembered the reports on the experience of introducing new educational technology and Internet communication. "