Almost 280 workshops and webinars with a total of more than 5.700 participants, equipping 151 school teachers with modern computer equipment and related infrastructure, and drafting strategic documents that will help primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Croatia achieve a higher degree of digital maturity - just some of this year's implementation results pilot project "e-Schools: Establishment of a Digital Maturity School System" presented by the Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet.
Director of CARNet, Zvonimir Stanić, presented a review of numerous activities that were carried out during 2016. as part of a project CARNet conducts in cooperation with its partners: the Education Agency, the Agency for Vocational Education and Adult Education and the Faculty of Organization and Informatics of the University of Zagreb. The total value of the pilot project is almost 307 million, and is mostly co-financed by the Structural Funds of the European Union. The director reminded me of the 15 during his presentation. July this year, the Grant Agreement for the implementation of the infrastructure-service part of the project was worth more than 220 million kuna, of which 85% of funds comes from the European Regional Development Fund, while the remaining amount is co-financed from national funds.
It was on the basis of that agreement that the teaching of elementary and non-teaching staff in the 151 primary and secondary schools participating in the project was made, consisting of 10% of all schools in the Republic of Croatia. Out of the total number of schools in the project, up to the present day it is equipped with almost 85%, while the remaining schools will be equipped early next year.
In addition to equipping schools with ICT infrastructure, the elements and the education and support that CARNet provides to teachers and directors through the implementation of the project are extremely important. This year, two strategic documents were created: The School Digital Maturity Framework, which for the first time in the Republic of Croatia provides a thorough insight into the state of digital maturity of primary and secondary schools in Croatia, and the Digital Competence Framework of users, which, along with the accompanying Manual, skills (competencies) needed for teachers, directors and administrators to apply digital technologies and resources in schools.
To encourage teachers to use technology and digital educational content, CARNet has so far developed 60 biotechnology, chemistry, math and physics for 7. and 8. class of basic and 1. and 2. high school class and by the end of the project the goal is to devise a total of 240 scenarios and at the same time encourage teachers to create their own.
Encouragement and empowerment of teachers is also carried out through a number of workshops and webinars in which attendees could, among other things, be able to educate themselves on how to conduct contemporary teaching with the help of technology, use tools to create digital educational content, or use videoconferencing in teaching. To date, a 275 workshop with a total of more than 4.300 participants and four webinars was actively followed by almost 1.500 participants.
CARNet has also presented the new e-School project web site (www.e-skole.hr), where all the most important information for project stakeholders and the general public will be published regularly and Director Stanić also presented the project activities plan for the next year. So next year, CARNet will publish the remaining 180 learning scenarios, and will also produce digital educational content that will follow the curriculum and subject curricula. All content will be available to users through the central national repository, which will create a unique place to access these facilities, both from school and home. Within the aforementioned content, it is important to emphasize numerous complete works of Croatian and foreign writers from the list of compulsory school textbooks for elementary and high school which will also be available through the repository as e-Lectures.
Early next year, the completion of school equipment and regional educational centers is expected to be completed during 2017. CARNet will also build a wireless network in the total 144 school. The ecosystem of the "e-School", the umbrella system that defines all other subsystems such as SIPU (institution process computerization system) - will be released in the production - a centralized and standardized system for business information and business process monitoring in schools and a system for learning analytics an organization through which schools can collect, measure, analyze and report on pupils and their learning.
In the second half of 2017. final research and evaluation of digital mature schools will also be conducted, which will show how many schools involved in the project have progressed in relation to the recently published survey according to which the vast majority of schools (82%) belong to the so-called " digital beginners.
The "e-School" project is part of the wider "e-School" program implemented through several 2015 school system computerization projects. to 2022. years. Implementation of the pilot project started with 2015. year and lasts up to 2018. followed by the so-called. A "big" project whose implementation is planned in the 2019 period. to 2022. year and will include 60% of all primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Croatia. Almost 7.000 teachers are involved in the implementation of the pilot project, including 1.300 from Natural Sciences and Mathematics and 151 Principal.