Case Study: Education Transformation in Russia
An economy based on knowledge
Russia is rapidly entering the world economy, one that is primarily based on knowledge. This knowledge can be transformed into an inexhaustible natural resource for any country, and the key to building it is for students to develop 21st century skills –technology and media literacy, effective communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration – that prepare them for success in today’s global economy. These are best developed in modern learning environments with improved teaching methods, professional development for teachers, modern technology, Internet connectivity, and local digital content.
Russia’s educational system is undergoing extensive modernization to address these requirements. A national education project, started in 2006, has already doubled the number of modern computers in Russian schools. In addition, all schools have been connected by Russian government to the Internet. Currently, a state program called “Education and Innovative Economy Development” is being run, designed to support the development of the most promising activities in secondary and higher education.
The process of developing the technological infrastructure in schools is being carried out in parallel with the provision of computer technology to other areas such as Russian business structures, public institutions, and homes.
New technologies for schools
Russians have much experience with using computers in education, and children have been taught IT in the classroom since 1986. Gradually, the use of digital educational programs, Internet resources, and e-mail has become more consistent in pedagogical practice.
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