Children for Children Technology
The Global Talents web-portal of supplementary education launched a new series of webinars. This time, they have the following unique feature: the classes are delivered not by adult experts but by talented students, future teachers. That makes it possible to demonstrate the effectiveness of ‘children for children’ educational technology, which is the project’s basis. Oksana Kurenya, Dean of the Linguistics College of MKIK and mentor of future pedagogues, told about the experience of holding such online classes for schoolchildren throughout Russia.
Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics of IGUMO, Dean of the Linguistics College of MKIK, PhD in Philology
“It has always been important for us to ensure that students are involved in our Institute-based and international projects actively. The students take part in the DOCA international festival as volunteers regularly, translate articles for the Global Women Media news agency and, of course, help us develop the Global Talents project that they already love very much”, says Oksana Kurenya.
Students of the Linguistic College are future teachers and linguists. That is why they are particularly interested in taking part in the Global Talents website’s activities. They contribute to thinking through contests for schoolchildren, checking their works, and moderating the website. This summer, the students were to undergo their practical training in children’s leisure camps. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the transition to remote learning, that became impossible. So, it was decided to combine the pleasant with the useful. Thus, students of Linguistics College prepared special webinars for schoolchildren from all over Russia.
“Our Institute’s transition to remote learning was quite easy. We managed not to lose a single class. In addition, many teachers got to develop new methods of effective online learning. We invested all our experience in creating webinars jointly with our students”, comments Oksana Kurenya.
“We are happy that we have the opportunity to not only share knowledge with schoolchildren from all over Russia but also help them overcome such a difficult period as self-isolation and spend time usefully”.
The Global Talents project is based on ‘children for children’ technology presupposing the transfer of knowledge in a language understandable to schoolchildren. Thus, the succession of generations is carried out as follows: lecturers share their experience with students and those, in their turn, transmit information to young Global Talents users. This format is very effective because speakers and listeners are close to each other in terms of not only age but also interests, worldviews, and values. That makes the process of transferring knowledge and skills soft, smooth, and natural.
The first webinar has already taken place this week. There will be nine of them. It should be noted that webinars won’t be just English classes. Students will also share their knowledge from other areas, such as painting and sculpture. By the way, not only Linguistics students undergo their practical training on the website. This spring, students of the Psychology College delivered training sessions on art therapy for Global Talents users.
“When we realized that we couldn’t organise a ‘live’ practical training for students this summer, we first got upset. Then we realized that, thanks to our webinars, we could give them equally important and relevant skills in the online space”.
Today, in the digitalisation era, many educational projects are partially or fully switching to online. This trend will only become more popular over time. Despite the fact that online education cannot replace live communication and interaction between pedagogues and students, it can complement and expand existing programmes effectively. That means that future pedagogues need to master the skills and techniques of working in the digital space.
“Despite the fact that communication took place in the online format, students received a lot of lively emotions from interaction with schoolchildren. As a pedagogue, when seeing their shining eyes, I was happy that the work brought them sincere pleasure”, says Oksana Kurenya.
“Teaching is simply impossible without a sincere love for this work and children. I’m happy that my students understand that. In the future, they will become excellent professionals. However, it is great that they now have the opportunity to carry out such socially important activities and contribute to the education of the younger generation”.
Today, the world is facing a new coronavirus pandemic and many people are in a state of excitement. Children are particularly vulnerable to stress and anxiety. The task of adults is to help them cope with negative emotions and refocus their energy on the right direction. According to psychologists, any useful activity, such as self-development and creation, is a good way to calm down. That is exactly what the Global Talents project is aimed at.
“It is a great honor and joy for us that our project allowed us to establish such a positive interaction and effective communication with schoolchildren from all regions of Russia. We have launched a marathon of knowledge transfer from children to children and hope that our experience will be useful”, concluded Oksana Kurenya.
Viktoria Yezhova, Global Women Media news agency
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov
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