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:

Jasmina Ivšac Pavliša

ICT as a modern tool for learning and encouraging 

27 FEBRUARY AT 10.00 | HALL 'INSERT'

A longstanding cooperation between different member faculties of Zagreb University resulted in the development of innovative services used for communication and learning for persons with complex communicational needs. Since there aren't enough software solutions in Croatian language used for maintaining reading and mathematics skills, apps were developed especially for these areas. This presentation will show examples of using these apps with various groups of users.

Jasmina is an assistant professor at the department of Logopedics at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences in Zagreb. Her interests are the early recognition of difficulties and methods of developing and implementing conducive communication. She participated in various projects and published over 20 scientific articles. 

Jasmina Nikolić

The Agile approach to learning and design culture

26 FEBRUARY AT 17.00 | HALL 'INSERT'

This session will explore the opportunities of transferring agile software development approach into the world of formal education. It will show how rigid systems can truly adapt to complexity, to inter-, multi- and cross-disciplinarity and respond to change faster than ever. It will also describe key principles of an emergent Agile Education Policy, such as rhythm or value driven development.

Jasmina is the Vice-President of the Higher Education Reform Expert Team at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. She is a global pioneer in transferring agile methodologies from the world of software development into the field of higher education policies and instructional design. She also teaches at the University of Belgrade.

 

Jasna Marković

Why do we need all that knowledge if we don't know how to use it?

27 FEBRUARY AT 11.15 | HALL 'ENTER'

This presentation will show different innovative classroom examples that will explain how to help students recognise the purpose and application of what they learn in school using new technologies. 

Jasna graduated at the Faculty of Mathematics in Belgrade and has a degree in Mathematics and Informational technologies. Before becoming a mathematics teacher in a primary and later secondary school she ran her own IT school.

Jelena Dragaš | Nataša Jerković Đukanović

e-Twinning in educational institutions

27 FEBRUARY AT 09.45 | HALL 'ENTER'

eTwinning can be a great opportunity for professional development and advancement. Through this portal teachers can cooperate with colleagues from Europe and the rest of the world. eTwinning enables the exchange of ideas, experiences and advices, gives teachers the opportunity to participate in different discussions and develop their teaching and ICT skills through online courses and webinars.

Jelena Gledić

On with the old, if there is no new: Low-Tech Teaching

27. FEBRUARY AT 12.30 | HALL 'INSERT'

Reaping the benefits of technology in education can be hindered by lack of resources. From in-class exercises and lectures, over student assignments and projects, to testing and grading – the benefits of technology can be brought into the learning process with little more than a laptop, a projector, and an internet connection, used to inspire, motivate, and educate. 

Jelena is experienced in designing short-term and semester-long courses and workshops on high-school and university levels, through which agile and lean methodologies are applied to learning different areas of science and philosophy in both non-formal educational contexts and as part of traditional degrees, with space for constant evaluation and updates embedded in the curriculum.

Jelena Hadži-Purić

Algorithmisation and multimedia plays in children's literature

The methodology of the constructivist approach recommends using well known surrounding when learning new programming techniques. By using SNAP and Scratch developing tools the group Jelena led created multimedia plays that represented adaptations of literary works. At the stage they used programming led by events, synchronisation, costume changes and sound effects.

Jelena has been working as an educator in the fields of programming and multimedia for over ten years. She believes that one of her greatest accomplishments is working with some of the best students Serbia has to offer: students from Faculty of Mathematics, students of Mathematical High School, students of Petnica centre. But more than that she is dedicated to raising and educating four of her children.

Jelena Kolundžija

Five minutes of phenomena

27 FEBRUARY AT 11.00 | HALL 'ENTER'

This lecture will explain the way of functioning, as well as phases and elements of project-based teaching. It will also present the improtance of an educational film that students made with the goal of peer and cooperated learning. They used their knowledge in the area of IT and movie maker programmes in order to understand and sistematize the covered topics. One of the 12 student films will be shown during the lecture.

Jelena has been working in education for the past 16 years. She attended three international seminars and is a part of the organisational team at two of them. She is a mentor on the Masts project at the Faculty of Phylosophy. She attended over 25 seminars and has over 500 accredited and more than 200 uncredited hours of proffesional development.

John Thompson

Bridging the gap

26 FEBRUARY AT 14.15 | HALL 'INSERT'

When students enter higher education they are facing specific requirements regarding critical and original thinking. They need to understand how to respect copyright and how to declare when they are using other people's ideas. The use of anti-plagiarism technology can help students prepare for this transition and bridge the gap between secondary and higher education.

John is the Head of the Literature and Writing Department and a Literature and Writing Teacher at QSI International School of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He holds advanced degrees from Duke University, the University of California, and Harvard University. He focuses on decreasing student plagiarism through the use of educational technology. He also provides training to fellow teachers, and with his guidance, they have started using technology to provide student feedback and increase student originality. 

Karl Royle | @karlroyle

Assessing soft skills: a 21st century solution

26 FEBRUARY AT 16.00 | HALL 'INSERT'

This lecture will focus on how to develop the self organising learner. How visualising the learning process with digital tools can increase learner autonomy, agency and higher level transversal skills development in preparation for a working life based on change and renewal.

Karl Royle is Principal Lecturer for Curriculum Innovation and Knowledge Transfer at the Centre for Development and Research in Education (CDaRE), University of Wolverhampton where he works as a research project director. Karl has considerable experience of project management and materials development for both screen and print-based media and has a background in teacher education, professional development and education management. 

Katarina Aleksić | Verica Arula | Milena Zindović

Belgrade builders - project without a deadline

26 FEBRUARY AT 14.30 | HALL 'ENTER'

The value and importance of the teaching project not only confirmed by the quality of products of the students' work, the positive evaluation and rewards. The teaching project is really good if it has the educational strength to keep 'living' after the formal end of the activity, if it is powerful enough to include new students, to be a trigger for new research. Belgrade builders is one of those teaching projects.

Katarina is an informatics teacher and she will present this topic and the Belgrade builders project together with colleagues Verica , a Serbian language teacher and Milena, an architect.