Green and Digital-Innovative Approaches to Learning and Teaching Online

Author: Nada Ratković

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which started on the 16th of March, schools were shut in Croatia, so teachers and students were out of the classrooms like everywhere else across the world. Pandemic affected learning and teaching. Teachers were faced with the challenge of how to continue their students’ education. Teachers role did not change, even the teaching was organised remotely and on digital platforms. As a result, education had changed dramatically with the distinctive rise of e-learning and online learning which seemed to be growing exponentially.

There are many advantages and disadvantages of teaching and learning online. Learning online can be effective in a number of ways for those who do have access to the right technology. The challenge of online learning appears when some students do not have reliable access to the Internet and might not have access to high-speed broadband. It’s important to note that there is no single method which fits all when it comes to learning. Different groups have different priorities and the resources that should be used are context-dependent. There are also special considerations to think about talented students and for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

To organize online classes our school used Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, Google Apps, including Google Classroom. Resources that teachers used for involving students in online activities, lessons, quizzes, tests were digital tools such as LMS, Google Docs, MS Forms, Socrative, WordWall, Quzziz, Formative, Genially, Canva, Kahoot, Padlet, Linoit, Powtoon, Piktochart, Popplet, Wizer me, Learning apps, Loom and the videoconference platform Zoom. 

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Science Exhibition – Colors of customs and traditions

For the first time in the High Vocational School Ban Josip Jelačić Sinj, on April 29 2019, we organized activities as a part of the STEM Discovery Week and held a STEM Event titled “Science Exhibition – Colors of customs and traditions“, to popularize science, bring it closer to students and show science in a comprehensible way.

During the event, our views and reflections on STEM have been revealed to the interested audience in a new, unique and original way, through the exhibition.

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