Moscow’s eSchool experience to be used in the regions

Moscow’s eSchool experience to be used in the regions
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
Schools teachers in other parts of Russia will be able to use lesson scenarios developed by their Moscow colleagues, while teachers in the capital will have access to the country’s best methods.

Moscow will help to set up an open information and educational platform, Russia’s eSchool. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva have signed an agreement to this effect.

I’d like to thank Mrs. Vasilyeva and the Education Ministry for the substantial support and attention to the Moscow education system,” Sobyanin said. “This is very useful for the entire education system. I’d like to thank Mrs. Vasilyeva for the initiative to draw up an agreement on developing the eSchool, this project is crucial. Moscow has been working hard to introduce the eSchool system and what goes with it for several years now.”

He also said that schools had been provided with interactive boards, fast internet and laptops at the first stage. “Now we are focusing on the content of the eSchool, and electronic scenarios,” the mayor said. “Today’s agreement will enable us to share our developments with the Education Ministry and other regions as well, and get access to their content in return.”

Mrs. Vasilyeva said Moscow schools always had good learning records. “Moscow schoolchildren achieve higher points each year and tend to bring more Olympiad victories, this is what efficient education is all about,” she said.

The education minister also thanked the mayor and the Moscow government for their assistance in the Russia’s eSchool project. “The Moscow eSchool that Mr. Sobyanin mentioned is a unique project, an innovative instrument for all participants in the education process,” she said. “Moscow educational institutions are effectively using it, and it will become an essential part of the Russia’s eSchool and the entire digital education platform that is taking shape in Russia.”

As part of the project, the Moscow authorities will provide access for the Education Ministry to the high quality electronic educational content, information systems, software and services.

Teachers from regional schools will be able to use the best lesson scenarios and teaching aids of their Moscow peers, while schoolchildren will be able to take training tests, prepare for exams and study additional material.

In the future, Moscow teachers and pupils will also have access to original developments from the regions. The Russian Education and Science Ministry ensures the Moscow Government’s access to information and telecommunications, technological infrastructure, information systems, services, software and hardware of the Russia’s eSchool’s educational platform.

The Moscow eSchool is a mega-project, which is part of the large-scale effort to introduce information technology into the Moscow education system. In the 2016/2017 academic year, the project was successfully tested in six schools, and will be introduced in all Moscow schools this year. The key elements of the new platform are the electronic personal record book and the electronic library.

Advantages for teachers

The Moscow eSchool allows teachers to draft electronic lesson plans and electronic lesson scenarios, and also to use interactive boards during lessons, as its content is also shown on the pupils’ tablets. The electronic system allows teachers to mark children’s work and comment on it as well, upload homework plus communicate with parents via a separate chat.

Help to pupils

Schoolchildren no longer have to carry all their textbooks. They can use electronic textbooks and other material by downloading them onto their tablets. Children are also allowed to continue using paper textbooks and printouts if they wish.

The paper personal record book now has its electronic equivalent. The online homework also includes links to the learning material on the subject.

The Moscow eSchool allows a sick pupil to log on from home, do the related tests and test their knowledge, and also to use the interactive content from the electronic library and see how teachers explained the topic at other schools.

Direct contact with parents

The new technology gives parents full information about their child’s personal records, their academic performance, attendance, lesson themes and homework, and also electronic educational material. It has become easier to contact a teacher to report any absence from school should this be needed .

Electronic lesson scenarios

Electronic lesson scenarios that teachers develop, upload to the library, edit and download have become the main know-how of the Moscow eSchool.

Previous attempts to develop electronic educational content by specialists failed because the material was at odds with the real educational process.

Now the Moscow eSchool encourages teachers to create their own educational content and develop electronic scenarios plus teaching aids, virtual labs and other things. Verified lessons are digitalised, and the most interesting and efficient of them are circulated and further improved.

Under the Moscow eSchool project, Moscow schools are to receive:


 

Planned

Supplied (August 2017)

Laptops

38,917

4,221

Servers

1,840

219

Wi-Fi

59,016

5,007

Interactive boards

20,331

2,336