Teachers to adopt innovative pedagogical methods from the digital age

Thanks to a Telenor and UNICEF joint initiative titled "Digital Literacy for Every Child", primary and secondary school teachers will benefit from training on the effective use of digital technologies in teaching from next year

Tina Dimić Raičević
UNICEF Montenegro / Đorđe Cmiljanić / 2019

03 December 2019

Podgorica, 30 November 2019 – Thanks to the support of UNICEF and Telenor, primary and secondary school teachers will have the opportunity to apply for training on the effective use of digital technologies in teaching from the next school year.

This training, which was supported by UNICEF and Telenor, in cooperation with Rome’s Sapienza University, was piloted at Štampar Makarije Primary School during the past school year, after which the National Council for Education added it to the official list of in-service teacher training programmes in Montenegro.

The results of the pilot were presented at the "Digital Literacy and Digital Safety of Children in Montenegro panel" organized by Telenor and UNICEF in the context of the "Smart Tech" New Technologies Fair.

Our data shows that teachers need additional support when it comes to the use of digital media in teaching. Therefore, during the process of designing this teacher training programme, we were guided by the concept of digital pedagogy, which relies entirely on live and direct classroom work, accompanied by the use of the internet and digital technologies in a creative and meaningful way, with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of teaching and learning.

Maja Kovačević, UNICEF education officer

Thanks to the support of UNICEF and Telenor, a digital laboratory has been opened at the school―to serve as a place for active learning and media literacy. It was in this very room that the use of digital technologies in teaching was tested.

The new method is similar to project-based teaching, which means that it requires teamwork and better collaboration between students and teachers. Children make use of their own experience and expertise in digital technology to create films, which is how we learn from them.

Jelena Begović, a teacher from Štampar Makarije Primary School

Her colleague, Biserka Rovčanin, emphasizes that "by creating digital content, students have demonstrated their skills in the use of modern technologies and learned about the importance to their education for improving the overall teaching process".

Some of today's panellists were students who were exposed to innovative, digital pedagogical methods. For them, acquiring new knowledge through video production was an extraordinary experience.

UNICEF Montenegro / Đorđe Cmiljanić / 2019
Luka Ćipranić and Sofija Šćekić, seventh-grade students, speaking about creating a film as a result of innovative digital methods in teaching, in Podgorica in November 2019

"The programme was a whole new experience for my friends and me. I learned how to compose a movie and edit the footage," Luka Ćipranić, a seventh-grade pupil, says, while Sofija Šćekić adds that "all children should try to create and direct films".

Today's discussion touched upon issues related to protection in the online world and the safe use of technology. There was also discussion about the digital skills gap that exists between teachers, students and parents. In addition, the results of a survey conducted by UNICEF with the support of Telenor were presented―almost all teachers in Montenegrin primary and secondary schools, i.e. 94% of them, use the internet daily and believe that its use in teaching improves the overall quality of education.

Telenor and UNICEF's "Digital Literacy for Every Child" initiative, which promotes the use of digital technologies in schools, was created in response to data from a 2016 UNICEF survey showing that one in five parents and one in 10 children in Montenegro do not use the internet, as well as that a half of all parents want to get information on how to help their child acquire digital and media literacy at the school the child attends.