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Electronic diaries, student cards and interactive lessons – modern technologies integrated into Belarusian education

In 2013, several secondary education institutions took part in a project Electronic School. The experiment was a success. Now, 12 Minsk schools and gymnasiums use the novelty. By 2017, e-schools will be opened all over the country.

The teacher's of Minsk Gymnasium No. 40 were the first who got acquainted with all the electronic capabilities of an educational process.

Inna Kazakova, Russian language teacher of Minsk Gymnasium No. 40:
A teacher can put a mark, regardless the fact whether a student gets a diary or not. And parents can always see both good and bad marks. And in case of bad marks, they will know about the gaps in their child’s knowledge, because a teacher can always leave a comment.

Students have appreciated the functions of online communication with friends and photo commenting.

Students:
I like an electronic diary because it’s no longer necessary to fill in a paper diary. You can go to a gymnasium’s website at any time to see the homework. A communicative service is also available.
An electronic diary provides more advantages, I think.

E-school makes it possible to draw a progress table of every student and see all the gaps in child’s knowledge.

By the way, each student receives a personal card. On the one hand, it’s an ordinary bank card, and on the other – a pass card. Minsk school No. 51 was the first to test such a novelty.

Galina Chernik, Minsk secondary school No. 51 Director:
All our students have student cards. On the one hand, it is an identification card with student’s photo, name, birth date, and educational institution data. On the other hand, it is a bank payment card which allows paying in a school canteen and any other places of the country.

This is a pass to the school which allows parents controlling their child's expenditures and find out when he came or left the school. By the way, the system rules out the possibility of outsiders to enter a school building. In addition, a student card can be used as a public transport pass.

New technologies are being well integrated into a school process. Minsk Educational Development Institute proves it.

Recently, a laboratory of robotic technologies has been opened here. Even the youngest students can design and program robots on their own.

Tatiana Dybovskaya, head of laboratory of robotic technologies (Minsk Educational Development Institute):
While working with robotic technologies, students learn and improve their knowledge in physics, mathematics, computer science, as well as in humanitarian disciplines.

A scientific and educational center of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR) will be used to enhance computer literacy of teachers.

Pavel Lis, Vice-Rector in Research BSUIR:
We will try to introduce some innovative methods of educational content. For example, interactive lessons that will allow the whole class, including a teacher, working in a single environment.

To sum up, modern technologies are well integrated in Minsk schools’ educational process.

Electronic diaries, student cards and interactive lessons – modern technologies integrated into Belarusian education