In Hungary, a series of thematic weeks are scheduled each year to develop different skills which focus primarily on topics such as technology, that is, digital skills. Thanks to this program, students will be able to acquire skills that help them develop in real life in an imminent future.
Different thematic weeks related to the curriculum are created each year. The different thematic weeks will be made public each spring, although it should be noted that the most frequent and repeated themes have been: the financial and business thematic week, the sustainability thematic week and the digital thematic week (Licht, A.H. et al., 2017).
- In the Financial and Business Thematic Week there were two categories: finance and business, these could be chosen by the educators who supported the proposal with didactic material and different methodologies and depending on the age of the students the focuses focused more on content than on others. The lessons lasted from one to three hours.
- During the Thematic Sustainability Week, the organizers offered different methodologies and different teaching units with different contents for three different age groups. Teachers were free to create their own projects and for this they received support either with material or with methodologies. Schools also had the opportunity to participate with the charity.
- In the Digital Thematic Week the teacher’s position was supported by many sample methodologies and materials. Its objective was to increase the use of technology in the classroom so that both, students and teachers developed their digital skills.
In summary, the objective of the thematic weeks is to develop, connect and disseminate innovative practices, develop materials, methodologies and boost the school-community relationship (Licht, A.H. et al., 2017).
Thanks to these thematic weeks, everyone has the opportunity to develop skills that will be useful in the future, especially digital ones since we live in a technological society which is continually evolving.
Apart from this project we can find similar ones such as France and Norway:
Innovation Days – Journées de l’innovation/France
The days of innovation is an idea that gives the opportunity to different innovative educational projects to get prizes. The creativity and innovation of the education system is being rewarded. Its objective is the diffusion of innovative practices (Licht, A.H. et al., 2017).
Digital School Day, 1:1 with iPad/Norway
At Bærum, they want to demonstrate how technology can improve learning results, improve teacher-student collaboration, and build and remodel a new school dynamic.
During the duration of this project, the students received a tablet which became their main source of learning. Due to this incorporation, teaching methods had to be remodeled.
Its objective was to promote key competencies, create collaborative teaching and a flexible learning environment, and continuous development of teacher learning (Licht, A.H. et al., 2017).
Given these two new projects, we can see that they are very similar to Hungary. First of all, I want to highlight that the three projects focus their point of interest on innovation. The Hungarian and Norwegian have special attraction for technology and how we can evolve thanks to it. The most important of the three projects is that everyone is rewarded and facilitated to all those who want to innovate in education.
Today, there are still many teachers who refuse to use technology in class or simply change the methodology they have been using throughout their professional training and that is why I consider that these three projects are very necessary and useful. The students that exist today don’t learn or relate content in the same way as those of fifteen years ago. Now technology has a fundamental role in their lives, which is why they generally have more interest and that is why I consider that it should be introduced in the classroom. We could get with it that children have interest and desire to learn.
Do you think technology is necessary in education? Or on the contrary, do you think it could be affected?
- Licht, A.H, Tasiopoulou, E., Wastiau, P. (2017). Open Book of Educational Innovation. Belgium: European Schoolnet.