Professional growth and sharing best practices. Teachers speak about Moscow Electronic School

November 7
Education

Education in Moscow seems to be impossible now without Moscow Electronic School (MES). Launched three years ago, the project has already become an assistant both for teachers, schoolchildren and their parents.

MES library is available to users all over the world. It offers quality files developed by specialists and approved by moderators. There are more than 38,000 lesson plans, 1,500 electronic textbooks and study guides, and around 78,000 interactive educational apps.

1,000 teachers from 360 Moscow schools have received Moscow Mayor's grants for their contribution to the project. The grant's amount depended on the type of educational content and on how many times it has been used by other teachers. The grant makes up RUB 50,000 — RUB 300,000 

Read in mos.ru article how Moscow E-School helps teachers, why teachers never stop uploading content to the library, and about benefits it brings to schoolchildren.

'MES makes me grow professionally'

Maria Zatolokina, Deputy Headmaster on Education, Socialisation and Supplementary Education, English teacher, School No.1363:

'I have already had an experience of developing online training courses for students, so the project was appealing to me. I started uploading my own lessons to MES library in 2017. It was rather difficult first. But since then, I have added about 100 lessons of mine, 100 apps and 100 tests, as well as 5 electronic study guides. This platform provides an opportunity to make lessons interactive and really interesting. MES helps teachers to grow professionally, using their colleagues' experience.

MES library serves as a professional upgrade platform for teachers. It boasts plenty of approved quality content. We can take advantage of lessons already approved, those that have been checked by moderator. I often use other teachers' files, sometimes supplementing them with my own content.

MES lessons are interactive. If we learn English, the lesson must include comprehensive work on the topic, with various types of speech interaction such as reading, listening comprehension skills, learning grammar and vocabulary. MES makes it possible, including switching to various types of activities, which is important in learning languages.

Students like visual and interactive classes. Besides, with Moscow E-School, teachers can check homework online, attach a lesson plan to go over it at home for children who were absent from the class. Parents are also welcome to get acquainted with the content. I often give homework assignment as attached plan lessons taken from MES library.

It is really inspiring when you receive a grant for the content you have made. For me, it is very important that my lessons are in demand with the professional community. It means that my work is duly appreciated and approved. I believe that this is a priority for every teacher.

Perhaps, some new electronic education formats are to appear soon, such as video conferencing, seminars, joint online lessons to allow communication of Moscow and regional school based on Moscow E-School. The best teachers of Russia may have an opportunity to conduct master classes using MES. I believe that this project will develop significantly, since this platform has already proved that it is growing popular being very useful in practice.

'My first grant was for my first lesson'

Yelena Isayeva, primary school teacher (School No.814):

'I learned about MES library in the early 2018 on my own initiative. I'd heard a lot about the project and wanted to see how it works. Having studied content and other teachers' expertise who have already prepared lesson plans, I decided to develop some of them on my own.

I released my first lesson in February 2018. It was a class about cattle-breeding. It took a long time for me to prepare it, since I had to learn on my own how to insert an image or how to choose a proper video. I studied the structure of lesson plans. But it didn't scare me off, I was eager to finish my lesson. Finally, moderators approved my work and it was entered to the MES library. I was greatly inspired by the fact that I had received my first grant for that lesson. My file was evidently popular with my colleagues, too, so it was helpful not only for me and my students.

Grants are not the top priority in my work with MES, as you do not get awards for each lesson you upload. For me, it is first of all recognition, the feeling that I move in the right direction and my work can be helpful for other people. Today, the library has 48 lessons of mine uploaded, while 6 more lessons are still under moderation.

For the moment, I am a 1st form teacher. The kids study while playing. I make more apps fore them to study at home, too. I don't give them home assignments so far, and apps are great for edutainment. Children can run it whenever they want, on the way to the country on a weekend, for example. Besides, if a child was sick and missed the class, or hasn't got a clear understanding of something, I give a link to this lesson in the MES library for him or her to go over it once again.

Sure, there were some presentations on the Internet before, but MES lessons stand out for their interactivity and diversity. There are tests, videos and apps. It is more engaging for children than just sitting and looking at the teacher's presentation. Complicated lesson topics are more comprehensible now.

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We share out best practices with colleagues. We tell each other about some new features, discuss the best programs to make apps. We have a messenger chat to share some discoveries, if any.

But school cannot be absolutely electronic, without a teacher, necessary for alive communication and proper upbringing. Today's children are high-tech educated, they do not need to learn to use MES, it's not something extraordinary for them, but a natural environment. I believe that if they learn in this environment, it will bring better results.

'MES provides more ideas and opportunities to create lessons'.

Yekaterina Ivanicheva, English teacher of Zagorye School No.1861:

'I started working on my first lesson plan in summer 2018. I had looked through the works of my colleagues and wanted to try, too. It was really painstaking to prepare some lessons for 6th and 7th form before the beginning of September. I received grants for them. Colleagues appreciated my lessons, too. It is so inspiring, and I want to do more both for schoolchildren, and teachers.

I have uploaded 62 lesson plans for 4th, 7th and 8th forms, a plenty of apps and three electronic study guides. One of them is aimed to help children prepare for verbal English test in a Unified State Exam form. Like in the real exam, it has a beeper to control the time given to complete the test.

Before MES' launch, I used to prepare lesson presentations, looked for interesting illustrations to supplement them. With MES, it is easier to search now, as all the content of the unified database is well-structured and gets checked before publishing. You are free to supplement your lesson with any of them. They prompt even more ideas for new lesson plans.

One of my lessons for the 7th form, 'The British Isles Landmarks', was the first lesson plan to be downloaded for about 3,000 times in less than six months. I'm so happy!

I enjoy my colleagues' work, and use it in my lessons. MES helps teachers from various schools to share their best practices, prepare lessons and even the whole blocks of lesson plans together. These lessons are great both for classroom, and individual work (if your kid skipped a lesson, he/she can learn it at home). And I strive to make my lessons even more engaging. Preparation of lesson plans takes a lot of time and effort, 3-4 days, as a rule.

At the class, we watch videos with native speakers and do interactive tasks. Children enjoy studying, they even more gladly go to the front and answer my questions now. I can attach tests, as a homework. It is helpful in checking their completion and seeing whether a child has understood the topic or not.

To check the lesson knowledge, I only need to run one of its fragments to make sure that children remember it well. Use of visual methods and interactive assignments is effective to study and remember new words. As for videos and tests, they are helpful in grammar classes. Parents often visit the e-library, too, to find some interesting content.

Moscow E-School is a step into the future, where IT helps children study both at school, and at home, to make progress on their own, easily find information and explore the world.

'Children need to share their triumph with the teacher'

Olga Zuzgina, Maths teacher, school No.2006:

'Our school was a pilot one, we were the first to work with MES. First, it was a new electronic magazine, then a MES library's section appeared in the system, and we naturally took a look at it. There were apps and lesson plans, only few of them, since the project was just launched. It sparked an idea to take part in their development.

Gradually, we started to use MES lessons to the full extent instead of regular presentations. First I thought I would use the project to explain the new topic only, and we would work it out as before. Checks across the city schools showed that children offered MES lesson plans demonstrated much higher performance than other students. It changed my mind.

Today, children use apps to practice their skills. There are plenty of entertaining tasks to develop the most basic skills. MES makes it much easier now.

Also, it is easy to prepare tests for children based on separate tasks to do them at home. Mark automatically appears in the electronic mark book, so I do not have to waste my time to collect exercise books and mark the tasks. I see kid's performance before the lesson, so I know already in the evening what to focus on in the class tomorrow.

There are 32 lessons and 130 apps of mine in the library. It takes 3-4 hours for me to make a good lesson plan and send it for pre-moderation. To prepare for a regular lesson, I use both my content and that of my colleagues, available in the MES library. It takes around 15 minutes. Besides, files of other teachers help to see other aspects of one and the same topic.

Children enjoy interactive tasks. We even have now so-called 'MES break'. Lesson's time is too short for all those willing to answer, but they need a teacher to listen to them, not just complete a task on a tablet, but to share the triumph with a teacher. Over the break, children can open any app on a tablet to test their knowledge. Also, children show me other tasks they have found in the library and tell me why they attracted them and how they helped.

For me, grants are not a financial gain, but a recognition of what I do. My content in the library has a lot of views, which means my work is of interest to others. It inspires and makes me go on.

While working with MES, you interact a lot with resource specialists and upgrade professionally. They correct some errors or discrepancies. So, we make a lesson plan according to classical methodology. Today, during a modern lesson, intended for e-learning, too, we focus on other things.

Source: mos.ru

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