More than 600 applications received for the for the best online classes competition

More than 600 teachers from all over Serbia applied for the "Magic is in the Teacher's Hands" competition with the desire for their remote teaching example to be chosen as the most creative. The professional jury will announce and award the best by the end of June, and the citizens have five days left to vote for their favorites on the website.

Applications came from as many as 116 cities and municipalities, and among 606 applications, most are from Belgrade (181), Novi Sad (47), Niš (35), Kovačica (19), Kraljevo, Kragujevac and Smederevo. Primary school teachers were very active, as two thirds of the examples came from them. Most online teaching examples were from the Serbian language classes (111), Mathematics (64), English, History, Arts and Biology. Treasure hunting, learning through comics and video games, various song covers, cooking, making aircrafts and an interview with an astronaut, are just some of the creative and educational tools they used.

- The deadline for new applications expired at midnight on May 31, and voting for the most creative classes lasts until June 7. So far, almost 46,000 people have turned out to vote, with more than 150,000 votes. Such interest from teachers and citizens for the competition exceeded all expectations and best shows that education is an important topic in our society. We have great potential in the teaching staff that has a modern way of thinking, uses technologies and wants to provide students with the highest quality teaching according to new methods such as project teaching. With this competition, we wish to evaluate and emphasize that - says Dušan Vasiljević from NALED, who is working on advocating the "Education for 4.0 Revolution" topic together with the Connecting organization, within the Public-Private Dialogue for Development project.

During the competition, the sponsors’ interest also grew, so 12 prizes will be awarded, for the top five, audience awards and special prizes for the best project teaching example, for the best interaction with elementary and high school students, the best TV class example and for the best use of digital tools in teaching in elementary schools and high schools. The prizes are sponsored by Comtrade, Telegroup, Eurobank, Hemofarm Foundation and Laguna.

The best teachers (and their schools) have the opportunity to win a trip to Finland and Estonia, smart TVs and phones, laptops and e-books. Prominent examples will be included in the unique online database of the best remote teaching examples in Serbia.

The call for proposals was launched by NALED and the Connecting Career and Youth Entrepreneurship Development Organization, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, the Institute for the Improvement of Education, the Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia and the Radio Television of Serbia within the Public-Private Dialogue for Development project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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