National Centre for Digital Innovation in Education "Future Classroom" was open in spring 2019 and is aimed to organize in- and pre-service professional training for teachers, provide consulting, conduct research, promote educational technologies and innovation, develop and implement new educational programs for teachers. It is the change agent and the focal point of the digital transformation of Moldovan educational system.
National Centre for Digital Innovation in Education is a part of a broader national program "Future Classroom", inspired by the European project "Future Classroom" by European Schoolnet. It brings a new concept in pedagogy, offering an open and inspirational learning space with interdisciplinary and innovative approaches, using digital technologies, which favours the student-centred learning process.
Future Classroom has been implemented in Moldova since 2017. It currently comprises 31 Moldovan high schools across the country, and 2 Pedagogical Universities: "Ion Creanga" State Pedagogical University and State University from Tiraspol.
Over 40 types of digital technologies are deployed with the Future Classroom initiative, such as coding platforms, robotics, 3D printing, microcircuits, and virtual reality headsets. In addition to the devices, dozens of online and mobile apps have been adopted by the project ambassador teachers in the classrooms.
Future Classroom is a pilot project, expected to trigger a broader digital transformation of Moldovan education system, by testing new technologies and approaches and proving their usefulness and effectiveness for the learning outcomes of the students, underlining the importance of the scientific, technological, engineering, arts, mathematics, entrepreneurship and design (STEAMED) fields and the cultivation of 21st-century skills and competences.
National Centre for Digital Innovation in Education – "Future Classroom" is a public-private partnership between:
- Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova;
- Moldova Competitiveness Project (MCP) funded by USAID, the Government of Sweden, UK aid;
- Orange Moldova Foundation;
- Lichtenstein Development Agency (LED).
The project implementation partners are "Ion Creanga" State Pedagogical University in consortium with Tiraspol State University.
- Victoria Belous, Director of the National Center for Digital Innovation in Education "Future Classroom"
- Carolina Bondarciuc, Communications specialist
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