Three teachers from the Republic of Moldova participated in the thematic conference called “Learning to think in a digital society” that took place in Greece, Athens, September 28-30, 2017.
During this thematic conference the emphasis was on the computer thinking skills. Computer thinking is a universally applicable aptitude and set of skills that everyone, not just computer scientists, should learn and use, and this is highlighted in the European Key Competence Framework for lifelong learning.
eTwinning, the largest network of teachers in Europe, has promoted for a long time the ideas of innovation, creativity and critical thinking. During this thematic conference, an overview of computer thinking concepts and applications was made, revealing its potential for those involved in compulsory education and showing how eTwinning can contribute to this process.
The main objectives of the Thematic Conference were:
- Introducing the use of computer thinking in education and how it can allow students to think differently while solving problems and analyzing daily problems from a different perspective.
- Teacher training to facilitate the use of computer thinking in schools and their eTwinning activities.
For three days, participants used coding applications for children, explored the concept of Ubiquitous computing, mobile computers and the Internet to promote STEM education, built the time machine, but also visited the historic city of Athens.
The conference was attended by teachers of different disciplines, and multiculturalism and diversity of languages, skills and experience created an exceptional atmosphere for all the participants.
This conference has again demonstrated the importance of the eTwinning platform in schools in the Republic of Moldova.
The "eTwinning Plus" is part of the Erasmus + Program financed by the European Union. The project is co-funded in Moldova by the Government of Sweden. Ministry of Education of the Republic of Moldova appointed EEF as National Support Agency for this program.