During 2018, EOS Foundation will be delivering the Informatica365 project - one of the biggest national teacher training programmes in Romania supporting over 3,600 teachers to better teach Informatics and ICT, recently made compulsory by the Ministry of Education (MoE), to gymnasium students. Through this community of teachers, over 100,000 students aged 11 to 15 will learn how to creatively code through games and apps, by using block-based coding in Minecraft Education Edition. The programme will be rolled out in partnership with the MoE (and Teacher Resource Centres) and will be accredited by the National Centre for Teacher Training. The training programme is financially supported by Microsoft through its philanthropic YouthSpark programme.
In terms of context and opportunity, it is important to stress the fact that ICT, which covers basic digital literacy skills, has been compulsory in Romanian high schools (Grades 9 - 12, ages 15 – 19) since 2010. However Computer Science is only taught in specialist IT-focused high schools. The MoE has introduced compulsory Computer Science and ICT for all students in lower secondary school (Gymnasia) (Grades 5 – 8, ages 11 – 15) at the beginning of the current school year. This represents a tremendously important policy step. However, this initiative will not be successful if the lack of preparation, resources, coordination, and training of teachers persists.
The project will be implemented in Romania nationally and will have coverage in all 42 geographical counties in Romania. Therefore, 42 partnership agreements will be signed with the teacher Resource Centres in each of the counties.
|People trained online/ Primary/secondary school students||Creative coding, Apps, Minecraft, Informatics, ICT, gymnasium||100,000||N/A|
|People trained face-to-face/teachers||Through the Informatica365 project we will be training 3.360 teachers from Romania in teaching coding in a creative way.||3,360||N/A|
|Number of events organised||Organisation of 3 events in each of the 42 Romanian counties, plus one event every month in Bucharest, plus one opening event and one closing event.||140||N/A|
|School/company collaboration||Partnership with the Ministry of Education and Teacher Resource Centres, reaching over 3,000 schools through formal trainings; Teacher Award ceremony; Student coding competitions||120||N/A|
|Certifications delivered||MoE official training certification (CNFP); Digital badges for teachers who participate in the trainings; Optional Microsoft Educator global certification; End of course certification (Creative Coding Through Games And Apps curriculum -CCGA- or Minecraft)||3,000||N/A|
|Milestone name||Completion date||Status|
|Sign partnership agreement with the Ministry of Education and other strategic partners||31/03/2018|
|Sign agreements with each of the 42 Teacher Resource Centers||31/03/2018|
|Develop two training courses intended for teachers required to teach CS at lower secondary level||30/04/2018|
|Deliver a blended learning training course to 84 master trainers. The courses are estimated to total 40 hours of training each||31/05/2018|
|Support the 84 master trainers in the delivery of the training programme nationally; every county in Romania will have 2 master-trainers||31/08/2018|
|Organise one Teacher Event to celebrate the success of the teachers who were most active in their schools||30/11/2018|
|Support the 3360 teachers in delivery of CS training to students in their schools||31/12/2018|
|Organise at least one student competition where students can showcase their experience with using Microsoft Computer Science resources||31/01/2019|