The unique approach of Perm Gymnasium No. 5 to arranging the Technology class with the participation of industrial enterprises, the quality management system of education through e-learning courses offered by Mobile e-Education, the idea of free choice of subjects and classes from the organizers of the Petersburg School Park and the life trajectory design from the Smart School Center were among the projects, the winners of the School of the 21ˢᵗ Century Skills competition that was arranged by the Sberbank’s Contribution to the Future Charity Fund, and the Higher School of Economics (HSE). The results of the competition were summed up in the press center of the MIA Russia Today on June 30.
The winners will receive grants of up to 5 million rubles and internship opportunities in the centers of leadership educational practices around the world.
The best in the competition were the applications of 12 project teams from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok, Tomsk, Perm, and Petrozavodsk. All of them can rely on the support of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, said Svetlana Chupsheva, ASI General Director, who is a member of the competition board, at the awards ceremony.
"It was very exciting to see the projects of the nominees and the winners. We are happy to support these projects in terms of their further implementation in the subjects of the Russian Federation as well as their replication," said Svetlana Chupsheva.
Many projects, she said, are related to the organization of the network model of education. "This makes it possible for schoolchildren not to retire into the shells of a certain school, but to visit fascinating innovation sites, to get knowledge on such subjects as technology, physics, astronomy, to be able to study at the best federal and regional venues, universities, and technoparks," noted the head of ASI.
- The competition was won by four teams:
The project was developed for the educational complex in Irkutsk, where children from foster families are trained, and can be replicated in other regions across Russia. The project participants have created a program for building project thinking aimed at 9th-11th grades students. The program is based on a special type of design that is the work on an individual life project. It retains all the features of the project e.g. a concrete and realistic goal, limitations on time and resources, uniqueness, etc. although the subject of the design are changes in the project participant's life.
In the Educational program (implemented project) category - The Technology Session", with Elena Ikonnikova as the project leader, Gymnasium No.5, Perm.
One week in the third quarter (i.e. 34 hours) for the 8th grade students that was fully devoted to the Technology class. The technology session applies the immersion method in order to organize cognitive activity. Schoolchildren work in microgroups of 7 to 8 participants to solve practically significant problems in the chosen area. The outcome will be a product that helps solve problems and has a practical relevance and value.
In the Model of organization (idea/project) category - The Petersburg School Park, with Varvara Kuchuk as the project leader, The Park of Open Studios ANPO, St. Petersburg.
This is an alternative to the modern system of general education built on the idea of "opening the doors of classrooms and giving students the opportunity to independently choose courses and classes." In fact, this is a science park structured as an open educational ecosystem, an innovative educational complex. Within the park, children are self-determined in relation to the goals, timing and methods of obtaining and developing knowledge.
In the Model of the Organization (implemented project) category - The Mobile e-School Comprehensive System for Education Quality Management, with Alexander Kondako as the project leader, Mobile e-Education, LLC, Moscow.
The organization model of the educational space is a unified didactic, integrated, multicomponent system that ensures implementation of the educational, extracurricular, project and research activities of each student (including children with special needs). The electronic system includes over 100 courses aimed at 1st to 11th grade schoolchildren. The effectiveness of the project has been experimentally proven by the successful results of the USE.
The School of the 21st Century Skills competition was held in 2017 for the first time. More than 200 teams of teachers from 39 regions of Russia offered their vision on new models of education.
The largest number of applications were submitted from Moscow (21%), St. Petersburg (9%), and Sverdlovsk Region (9%).
"We will try to widely cast out our lines and stimulate participants from other regions across Russia. Next year the competition will be announced even earlier and the bonuses, both tangible and intangible, for the winners will be bigger to make the participation in this competition prestigious and exciting," said German Gref, President of Sberbank of Russia.
Svetlana Chupsheva supported this idea and told the head of Sberbank that ASI was using the opportunities of its regional network in order to expand the geography of the competition.