On December 10-12, the Center of Innovative Educational Technologies ” PNU EcoSystem” hosted online trainings for schools teachers in Ivano-Frankivsk town and Ivano-Frankivsk region to improve pedagogical skills on the topic: “New challenges of distance and blended education.” Among those who registered were 115 educators of different levels.
The subject of online discussion were relevant issues of theory and methods of using digital tools and resources in working with students online and offline. In particular, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Olena Budnyk acquainted teachers with the issue of digitalization and new challenges facing Ukrainian education in the context of the coronavirus pandemic; demonstrated the capabilities of the “PNU EcoSystem” Center IET aimed at introducing digital learning tools using the latest technical equipment. She also stressed the need to implement virtual reality technologies in distance learning of students, conducting experiments in virtual laboratories and more. Various opportunities for getting feedback from the target audience, testing and interviewing students on the Kahoot platform and the possibilities of videoconferencing were presented by Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor Tetyana Blyznyuk. The trainer also discussed the importance of developing students’ soft skills and suggested a series of interactive exercises to develop critical thinking. The speaker Inna Chervinska, Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor, devoted a significant part of her interactive work to the development of media literacy, in particular, methods of counteracting manipulations and fakes, and the use of high-quality media content in educational activities. Methods and techniques of working with SMART-technologies were presented in detail by Mykhailo Kotyk, Candidate of Technical Sciences. The teachers have learned to create Smart-content using the Smart Suite Online service, being in the role of students. The learners participated in many types of activities using mobile devices.
All the participants received certificates of advanced training in the amount of 30 academic hours and expressed a desire for further cooperation.