Over 120 speakers from Serbia, the region and the UK shared their experience and ideas with the audience at the 'New Technologies in Education 2016' conference. Find out who were the speakers and what were the topics they covered in their presentations.

Have a look at the list of the speakers that spoke at the event last year. You can also watch some of the lectures (available in Serbian only) and download the presentations.

Conference speakers list includes:

Dragana Malidžan Vinkić

Using ICT for the promotion of inclusive education

26 FEBRUARY AT 16.30 | HALL 'SPACE'

Social inclusion unit, which is a part of the Ministry of education, science and technological development works to increase the quality of education and to make it available to all children and students in Serbia. The role of ICT in this process is key since it alows the teaching process to adapt to specific needs of children. It can also contribute to a timely distribution of information to all participants in the education process and in doing so increase their level of involvement and interaction.

Dragana is an icnlusive education advisor at the Social inclusion unit. She worked in a primary school as a teacher of Serbian language for nine years and has experience working with students with development difficulties. She actively works on the promotion of inclusive education and availability of education for all children.

Dušan Milovanović

Lidership in education 

27 FEBRUARY AT 14.15 | HALL 'ALT'

Leadership in education is extremely important. It mobilises, activates and shapes a large part of the teaching staff that would remain unused if motivated only by formal legislative regulations. This presentation will show some characteristics that separate leaders from managers such as vision, long term planning and motivating associates through personal example and characteristics, creativity and enthusiasm. A leader must have expert knowledge and know legal regulations well. He must also be informed, communicative and dedicated to the greater good.

Dušan is the headmaster of Politehnika School where he has been working for three decades at various positions. He is very experienced in connecting education and machine industry, and later the ICT sector and other partners.

Edin Kadić

E-medica international project

26 FEBRUARY AT 17.15 | HALL 'ENTER'

The 'E-medica' project is a virtual community of all medical schools in Croatia and some international schools from Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia. It is based on an educational portal of medical schools, online communication between students and teachers, video conferences and the use of ICT in the classroom. It is a project of creating a new community of medical schools by using new didactic methods of online teaching and learning. 

Edin graduated Croatian language and art history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar. He has been working at a medical school there for over 30 years as a teacher and school administrator. He also received an award from the town of Zadar for his accomplishments in education, pedagogy and informational science.

Igor Popov

Khan Academy in Serbian language

26 FEBRUARY AT 12.00 | HALL 'ENTER'

Khan Academy is an internet platform with free educational content that includes over 6,000 videos, more than 100,000 tasks and support for virtual classes with real time statistics. It's use in schools enables the application of new models such as blended and flipped learning. Since recently, this platform and it's mathemathics content for primary schools is available in Serbian language.

Igor has been working as a system engineer for over ten years but for a long time his focus was on the areas of IT and education. Asside from working on informational systems in the financial sector he also volunteered in the area of new educational platforms through his engagement on making Khan Academy available in Serbian Language.

Iva Urdarević | Katarina Aleksić | Verica Arula

We communicate with ICT 

26 FEBRUARY AT 11.30 | HALL 'INSERT'

Students of the school for children with damaged hearing 'Stefan Dečanski' and primary school 'Branislav Nušić' have found a new way to communicate. The use of ICT helped them overcome communication barriers, establish mutual cooperation, learn and get to know each other better. Together they marked EU Code Week 2014 and 2015, they programmed and realized the project at Edmondo platform on the topic Choice of interest.

Iva Urdarević is a graduated surdologist - teacher and works as an English language teacher together with her colleagues Katarina Aleksić who is an IT teacher and Verica Arula a Serbian language teacher in the school for students with damaged hearing.

Ivan Kalaš | @ivan_kalas

Educational programming as a means for learning

26 FEBRUARY AT 12.30 | HALL 'SPACE'

Ivan will focus on developing modern programming for every child strategies and content and studying how they can be implemented in ordinary state schools, for every child – every girl and every boy – to foster their 21st century skills, to foster their skills to learn by exploring and constructing. 

Exploiting digital technologies in kindergartens

27 FEBRUARY AT 10.15 | HALL 'ALT'

Ivan Kalaš is a professor of Informatics Education concentrating on developing Informatics curricula for preschool, primary and secondary stages, developing textbooks and other teaching/learning materials for ICT in education. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Microsoft Partners in Learning programme and a member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education.

Ivan Stojanović | Jovica Milisavljević

New Technologies and particle physics

26 FEBRUARY AT 11.45 | HALL 'ENTER'

By using the CERN website pupils can learn about the different aspects of particles. 'Minerva' is a CERN app in which pupils, like real scientists try to find the Higgs boson and its properties. This project also includes video conferencing with other schools, comparing results and discussing different values. 

Ivana Banković | Sanja Tasić | Marko Banković

EcoReporters application for learning English

27 FEBRUARY AT 12.15 | HALL 'ALT'

EcoReporters is a mobile app for learning English language developed by a team of Serbian teachers that won the international Learnathon 2015 contest in Budapest. This app enables students to create their own video stories about ecology and the preservation of the environment while developing their English language skills.

Ivana Gađanski | Nikola Božić | Miroslava Raspopović

Fab lab Petnica: digital fabrication in STEM curricula

26 FEBRUARY AT 15.15 | HALL 'ENTER'

Project of Fab Lab Petnica formation funded by Royal Norwegian Embassy is a joint project by Fab Initiative, Petnica Science Center and Belgrade Metropolitan University that deals with the formation of a educational fab lab to provide high school students/teachers in STEM field in Serbia with knowledge and tools to start implementing FabLab @ School concept and STEM entrepreneurship principles in practice.

Ivana Katavić | Hrvoje Mladinić

Method I3 – interactivity on the third

27 FEBRUARY AT 11.30 | HALL 'ALT'

The last three decades have seen a number of research projects that tried to better understand difficulties that students of physics faced and develop teaching methods that would contribute to more meaningful lectures. As a result more and more teachers are using interactive methods in order to increase the engagement of students during classes. One of these projects tested strategies that include the use of computers and digital materials in five schools in Croatia.

Ivana has been studying student preconceptions at the primary school level, but also at the position of the higher advisor for physics and technical culture at Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency. Hrvoje is a physics and IT teacher in a primary school. Aside from teaching he also creates digital materials and computer simulations in this area.