On April 4-5, on the eve of World Health Day marked on April 7, the first online festival for a healthy lifestyle, ZDOROVO FEST, was held. The creators of the Explore the Internet and Govern It project, representatives of the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ, were also invited.
The Coordination Center’s Social Project Manager and Press Secretary Viktoria Bunchuk took part in the discussion of online education, where she presented seven ways to improve digital skills with the Explore the Internet & Govern It project: “First, create an account at игра-интернет.рф for access to all the sections and tools. Both registration and use are free.
Then go to the Knowledge section to study and learn the information on digital technologies through games. Download the App and take the tests to review the material. IT trivia can be found in the Quiz section with hot-seat questions that can be answered together with the family. We also advise looking through the online Dictionary sometimes, which has most technical IT terms. We also carry out educational work at the Explore the Internet & Govern It community on social networks: subscribe to receive our updates from the IT world and congratulate your friends on IT holidays and well-known IT figures on their birthdays.
Finally, take part in digital skill online challenges to test your knowledge competing against those who know the area well. For example, now the website игра-интернет.рф hosts the Russian Family IT Marathon for family teams, which can include children, parents and friends. The traditional Russian online championship for school and university students will be held in the fall.”
Viktoria Bunchuk also presented the results of the national research “Digital literacy of Russian teachers: The ability to use digital technologies in the teaching process” carried out last year. It concludes that both school and university teachers hold a high level of digital literacy: being rated at 87 and 88 points, respectively, out of 100. This indicator is significantly higher than the average level across Russia (52 points) and the level of teenage school students (73 points for teens aged 12-17) and young adults (77 points, age 18-24).
However, despite the high level of digital literacy, Russian teachers are still cautious when introducing new technology in the education process: when informational and communicative competence was measured, school teachers got 48 points on average and university professors, 45 points of 88.
“We believe that now, when everyone has to work online and transfer their activities into a digital format in this emergency, the situation with the use of media technologies in education will improve significantly or at least receive a positive boost in development,” Viktoria Bunchuk said.
In her speech, Bunchuk also recommended several websites that could be useful to improve the level of digital skills, including цифроваяграмотность.рф, касперский.дети and персональныеданные.дети, as well as цифровойдиктант.рф that could be used for training. The general recommendation is to open the section “Equipment and Inventions” in the catalogue of best websites for children веб-ландия.дети and then choose “Computer and the Internet” with over 100 websites that develop various skills from safe behavior on the internet to programming and 3D modelling, including the Explore the Internet & Govern It project.