DigiKid Erasmus+ project

The title of this Strategic Cooperation project is "Developing Teachers’ Skills to Educate Pre-School Children with and Through Digital Technologies". The project runs March 1, 2021 - February 28, 2023. The total grant amount is 253,324 EUR.

Partners: 

  • Narva College of the University of Tartu (lead partner)
  • Heidelberg University of Education (Germany)
  • University of Primorska (Slovenia)
  • University of Latvia (Latvia)
  • Rakvere Rohuaia Kindergarten (Estonia)
  • Vrtec Koper Kindergarten (Slovenia) 
  • CreaKids Kindergarten (Latvia)

The official informaiton about the committee's positive decision is available on webpage.

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DigiKid events

The DigiKid project has a series of events. The main aim of these events to share the accumulated DigiKid experience with the target audiences of pre-school teachers who are interested in broadening their skills in terms of using digital technologies. 

The events include four professional development courses, one international professional development course, two international conferences that embrace over 200 participants. Each country partner will offer at least one professional development course for the pre-school teachers during the project lifetime.

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DigiKid experience sharing

The DigiKid project allowed the participating countries to share experience they have in the area of digital educational etchologies and learn from others. We made four trips to Estonia, Slovenia, Germany, and Latvia to teach, learn, and train. Go further to read more about every signle trip and its essence.

In September 2021, the DigiKid team came to Estonia to learn, teach, and share experience in the area of digital technologies and their use with the children of pre-school age. We visited different departments of the Univeristy of Tartu and Narva College, Rakvere Rohuaia Kindergarten, Tartu Poku Kindergarten, Narva Tareke Kindergarten, Narva Käoke Kindergarten that have deeply integrated the information and communication technologies into their everyday learning environment.  We also visited the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia who explained which digital competencies the pre-school children are expected to acquire before they go to school as well as how the Ministry of Education supports the introduction of digital technologies into the learning process. 

We observed the use of BeeBoots, BlueBots, Spheros, LegoWeDo 2.0 used both inside and outside. We also talked with kindergarten teachers who explained the tricks of using the digital tools with the maximum benefit for the young learners. 

The Estonian DigiKid team invited experets to Narva College who shared experience on how to modernise learning materials in pre-schools, change attitudes towards using digital technologies in education, develop computational thinking concepts in early childhood education, possibilities of using tablets for pre-school learning, smart gadgets in education, and many others.

The event is scheduled for March 2022.

The event is scheduled for September 2022.

In Ocbober 2021, the DigiKid came to Slovenia to learn, teach, and share experience in the area of digital technologies and their use with the children of pre-school age. We visited different departments of the University of Primorska and Faculty of Education, different units of Vrtec Koper who with the help of different approaches develop computational and logical thinking of pre-school choldren. We also had seminars with EdTech experts and visited laboratories where different digital educational technologies are developed, tested, and piloted. The Slovenian DigiKid team engaged experets to share their experience in the area of EdTech with the participants of this event.

The  international participants of the activity delivered lectures to the students of the University of Primorska and shared their experience with the future Slovenian kindergarten teachers. During this meeting, we also discussed the versital and horizontal structure of the prospective BA course curriculum and also concentrated on the surveys. 

 

DigiKid results

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DigiKid description

The COVID-19 challenge has exposed drawbacks in the system of pre-school digital education that resulted in primary school learners' inability to study independently in a technology- mediated environment. This is explained by the fact that, on the one hand, the importance of educational technologies is often overlooked in the pre-school educational establishments and, on the other hand, it is often viewed by the young learners and their parents as a means of entertainment and not as of instruction.

DigiChild aims to improve the pre-school teacher education and professional development of in-service teachers in terms of using digital technologies in the educational process. The project will allow preparing a new generation of kindergarten teachers who will use digital educational technologies wisely to turn even the youngest learners into conscious consumers and aware users of modern educational digital opportunities.

The profile of participating institutions includes 7 universities and kindergartens from Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and Slovenia. All these universities have big departments that specialize in pre-school education. Having local kindergartens as partners will allow this project to progress smoother. The university partners are Erasmus+ proven partners of the lead partner. These universities engaged progressive kindergartens from their localities to the consortium. This approach will allow broadening the scope of the partnership cooperation at the geographical, horizontal, and vertical levels of the educational institutions involved.

The cumulative list of activities includes:

  • regular management meetings;
  • know-how trips to share the progress in pre-school digital education and respective kindergarten teacher training;
  • surveying the target audiences to find out the progress of digital education in the kindergartens and promote it as well as find out gaps and drawbacks that will be eliminated with the project intellectual outputs;
  • based on the gained knowledge, the partners will develop a course for university students "Development of Digital Competences in Pre-School Education" (3 ECTS). This course will go beyond the use of computers in the classroom and will concentrate on a variety of digital technologies like smart boards and panels, robots, puzzles, teamwork tasks, active learning outdoors with gadgets e.g. reading maps, tracking routes, discovering the natural world with user-friendly applications and gadgets. The smart use of digital interactive technologies, instead of making students more inward-directed, will develop their social and life skills through digital learning opportunities. With this course, the kindergarten teachers will be ready to prepare the youngest learners for the online and blended systems of education of the future;
  • developing an open-source multilingual MOOC for in-service kindergarten teachers (1 ECTS). The multilingual course itself, as well as its materials, will ensure the use of the project intellectual outputs widely across the EU and beyond;
  • developing a professional development course for the local in-service teachers (1 ECTS) and launching it at the project partner universities;
  • hosting 7 dissemination events for 350 participants at all partner universities to share the project results with the wider audience;
  • writing project report, articles, presenting the project results in the conferences during and beyond the project planned activities;
  • increasing parents' and general public awareness as to the importance of implementing digital technologies at the pre-school level.

DigiChild implementation methodology will include activities ranging from informal meetings and small-scale discussions, experience sharing, design of courses, to dissemination workshops, international seminars, massive survey, and reports.
The short-term results include 3 courses for different target audiences (university students, in-service pre-school teachers) delivered in different formats (face-to-face and online) at 4 universities.

DigiChild will have a tremendous impact as the chosen field is predominantly terra incognita in the global educational landscape in both how to wisely introduce the youngest learners to work with digital technologies as well as how to prepare the students majoring as kindergarten teachers to deal with the challenges of the future. The project will answer some of the burning questions of today and will produce the age- and socially acceptable directions for the digital education evolution of tomorrow.