Creative and interactive implementation of distance learning: Webinars for teachers

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On January 25 and 26, 2021, teachers and support staff from the primary and secondary schools throughout the country had the opportunity to follow the webinars “Methodology and pedagogy of quality distance learning” in Macedonian and Albanian language through the EDUINO platform. During the webinars, the contents of the Manual for methodology and pedagogy of distance learning were presented. The purpose of the Manual is to offer a description of different tools, approaches, methods and forms that can be used during distance teaching. 770 teachers and support staff directly participated in the webinars through the platform Zoom Webinar while over 4,000 interested people followed them on YouTube.

Oliver Stanojoski, an advisor from the Bureau for Development of Education, presented the Manual and pronounced the importance of such documents especially in times when the teaching happens in virtual classrooms. The lecturers Ardijana Isahi Palosi, from the Vocational Education and Training Center, Maja Videnovikj, a teacher of computer science in PS “Krste Misirkov” – Skopje and Satki Ismaili, a math teacher in PS “Kiril i Metodij” – Tetovo, shared their experience and presented innovative approaches and methods.

Ardijana Isahi Palosi explained the process of planning and preparing for teaching at a distance in more detail and said, “It’s very important the planning of the teaching process to correspond with the real conditions”.

She spoke about what is necessary for conducting an effective class at a distance and introduced the attendees to the structure of an effective class at a distance and to the ways of preparing materials and resources.

Satki Ismaili presented the opportunities for more digital tools in terms of making the distance teaching more interactive.

Maja Videnovikj followed up, sharing how to choose appropriate resources and activities for conducting the teaching process. “This type of teaching requires the teacher to prepare more. All activities that will be implemented should be carefully planned as well as the way they will be implemented,” she said.

She showed the different types of synchronous and asynchronous activities to the teachers and in more detail described the opportunities that the National platform for distance learning offers. Through practical examples, she presented digital tools for increasing the interaction during the teaching and for bringing the teaching contents closer to the students.

This is the first one in the series of webinars, which are meant for inspiring and encouraging the teachers to use innovative tools and methods in their virtual classroom, in accordance with their and the students’ skills as well as support the students in organizing student initiatives.

This activity is part of the Youth Ethnic Integration Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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