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DIGITAL EDUCATION 2023
PRESENTERS AT THE DIGITAL EDUCATION 2023 CONFERENCE!
The EdTech Center Western Balkans and the conference’s program partners are presenting this year’s speakers in the field of digital technology implementation in education at the international online conference “Digital Education 2023.”
For the fourth year in a row, “Digital Education” has brought together some of the best speakers in the field of ICT use at different levels of education, making this event highly attended and of high quality in order to improve the quality of education through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).
Visitors had the opportunity to hear presentations and speakers who will present examples of good practice in the use of ICT in:
• Preschool education
• Primary and secondary education
• Higher education
• Inclusive education
Alain Thillay joined the European Commission in October 2021 as a Seconded National Expert in the Digital Education Unit (DG-EAC). Within the framework of the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, he participated more particularly in the “ethical use of AI and data in education” component and contributes to Action 3 for a European Digital Education Content Framework.
Between 2011 and 2021 at the French Ministry of Education’s Digital Education Directorate, he was head of the “Digital Innovation and Applied Research” office and head of the Department for the Development and Dissemination of Digital Resources. He was in charge – among other subjects – of the “artificial intelligence innovation partnership” for the learning of French and Mathematics (6-8 years old) of the programme of investments for the future and for several actions for a reasoned use of AI and educational digital resources. He has a doctorate in history and has worked as a history and geography teacher in secondary and higher education since 1987.
Aleksandra applies digital technologies in STEAM projects to encourage students’ independence and perseverance in their work. She has received multiple awards for the implementation of interdisciplinary websites and educational software based on active learning and innovative work models. She is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Education and is the author of a manual for integrated teaching, as well as other scientific and professional works.
Ana Savić je completed her studies at the Mathematical Grammar School and the Faculty of Mathematics in Belgrade. Since 2007, she has been working as an associate professor of vocational studies for Mathematics at the Higher School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Belgrade. She is the author of the software InternetUcenje for distance learning of mathematics applied to a real population of students at the Higher Electrical Engineering School in Belgrade in 1999, which represents the first realization of distance learning of mathematics in Serbia. She is the author of several textbooks and scientific papers (SCI list) in the field of mathematics.
Graduated electrical engineer. Has been working in education since 2004. A member of the National Education Council, President of the Informatics Teachers Section of Serbia, Vice President of Wikimedia Serbia, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Informatics of Serbia. Co-author of accredited seminars, author and implementer of a fourteen-year project “Not Every Day is Pi Day”. A member of the organizational and program committees of the “ICT in Education as the Foundation of Knowledge-Based Society” conferences. Has presented at professional meetings and conferences. Keeps up with education trends. Graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.
Bojana is a graduated Electrical Engineer. She has been working in education since 2004, ans she is a member of the National Education Council, president of the Informatics Teachers Section of Serbia, vice president of Wikimedia Serbia, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Informatics of Serbia. Bojana is a co-author of accredited seminars, author and implementer of a fourteen-year project “Not Every Day is Pi Day”. She is a member of the organizational and program committees of the conference “ICT in Education as a Pillar of Knowledge-Based Society Development”. She has presented at professional meetings and conferences. She follows trends in education.
Borko is an English language teacher who has been working in education for almost 20 years. He considers himself a enlightener, leader, educator, innovator, and motivator. He has a lot of work, papers, successes, titles, and awards behind him. Some of them include: Best Educator in Serbia 2017, Best Teacher in the Balkans 2019, representative of Serbia at the Global Teacher Prize 2020, recipient of the Global Teacher Award 2022 as one of the best teachers in the world, and winner of the October Award of the Municipal Assembly of Paraćin for contribution to the development of education in the municipality of Paraćin. In the field of digital education, he was the coordinator of the project in 2014 that led to the school receiving the first smart classroom in Serbia, which changed the educational paradigm in their environment and beyond.
Danijela Šćepanović is an educational policy analyst and educational technologist with over 17 years of experience in developing educational policy instruments and implementing new technologies in education. Since 2014, she has been a permanent member of the working groups of the Directorate for Education and Culture of the European Commission, established for the development of digital education in Europe.
Dejan Stanković is a Master of Psychology (Educational Psychology) employed as an Education Advisor in the UNICEF office in Serbia. His professional experience includes work on scientific research, analysis of education policy, and participation in local and international educational development projects.
Dejan is employed at the Academy of Technical Vocational Studies in Belgrade (Belgrade Polytechnic) as a senior lecturer in the field of industrial product design in the narrow artistic area. He obtained his PhD in the field of digital art in 2021 at the University of Arts in Belgrade. His area of interest is the responsible application of digital technologies in artistic education.
Diana Ghazaryan is the K-12 Industry Executive for Central and Eastern Europe in Microsoft Education. She works with the governments, ministries of education, partners, school leaders and educators to support customers in their journey of digital transformation in education to realize the teaching and learning potential. She is a passionate evangelist of accessible technology and inclusivity. Prior to joining Microsoft, she served as AmCham Armenia CEO and for 10 years was the representative of a Fortune 500 Consulting firm in Armenia.
Dijana is a psychologist and psychotherapist with decades of experience working with preschool children and their parents. She is a member of the Learning Passport Montenegro team, which has created the first online platform for learning, teaching, communication, and collaboration in a digital environment for the Ministry of Education. The Digital School is the basis for creating a safe, supportive, efficient, and comprehensive system for digital education. For three years, she has been engaged by the UNICEF office for Montenegro as a consultant for creating digital content for children, parents, and teaching staff in the field of preschool education.
Professor of Computer Science at the Mathematical and Computer Science Gymnasiums in Belgrade. Instructor for the Oracle Academy’s international training programs for teachers in database and Java programming courses. Holds the title of Pedagogical Advisor. One of the authors of the curriculum for classes for students with special abilities in computer science and informatics, which is used in over 50 classes in high schools throughout Serbia. Trains teachers and creates electronic textbooks for teachers and students in Database and Object-Oriented Programming (Education Improvement Institute).
Author of several programming books, including two approved textbooks for high schools in the subject of Computer Science and Informatics in the third and fourth grade. Award winner: Creative School 2008/09, Serbia – second prize in the high school category for the project “Modern technologies in practical application of theoretical knowledge and teamwork of students” and European Forum of Innovative Teachers, Microsoft, 2008, Croatia – third prize in the collaboration category for the project “Exploring Science through Blogging” and participation in the World Forum of Innovative Teachers – Microsoft, Hong Kong, China.
For 25 years, the Oracle Academy has been promoting computer science worldwide to encourage the acquisition of new knowledge, skills development, innovation, and diversity in technology.
This lecture will present ways of collaborating with primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, as well as curricula that are available to teachers free of charge through this collaboration.
A major innovation since 2020 is the new modern system Member Hub at the same well-known address academy.oracle.com, which offers members a variety of options. Access to quality courses in databases and Java programming has been improved. Teachers can undergo various professional development training independently, at times that suit them. Working with students has been improved in several ways, the most significant of which is the ability to organize students into different groups for teaching and learning.
Selected Oracle tools can be used for teaching for free, and students can receive internationally recognized certificates, including in the subject of Databases in IT departments in high schools throughout Serbia, as well as other schools with modern computer subjects.
Duško was born in Ottawa, Canada and received his elementary education in the USA and Yugoslavia. He graduated in Aerospace Engineering from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade. He began his professional career as a collaborator at Teleoptik, working his way up to Director of Research and Development. He then worked as an independent IT advisor at the Federal Institute of Standards and Precious Metals. He continued his career abroad, first as a web design and development designer at Marketing Effect Studio Consultants and then as a senior product design engineer in the automotive industry at Methode Electronics Malta Ltd. Upon returning to Serbia, he continued his career as a lecturer at the Academy of Technical Professional Studies in Belgrade (formerly the Belgrade Polytechnic, now the Higher Polytechnic School) and as an associate professor at the Faculty of Design at Union University. Throughout his long career in industry and education, he has published numerous professional and scientific papers, textbooks and books, translations of technical literature, monographs, and chapters in international monographs. In addition, he is the author of numerous technical innovations and international patents. He has participated in projects of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, as well as in Erasmus+ projects.
Emina Ilić was born on September 12, 1975 in Jagodina, where she currently resides. She completed her education at the Higher School in Kragujevac, majoring in Computer Engineering in 1998, and obtained a degree in Industrial Management from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Bor in 2006. She has been working as a teacher of technical and computer education in a school since 2004, until a few years ago when computer science became a compulsory subject and she now only teaches that. She also works 20% of the time at “Rada Miljković” Elementary School in Jagodina. She is a wife and a mother to a 22-year-old son.
Gordana Hajduković-Jandrić, PhD in Physics Teaching Methodology, works as a physics teacher at the “Svetozar Marković” Gymnasium in Novi Sad and is a consultant-external collaborator of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development in Novi Sad. Since 2022, she has been a mentor and trainer in the project “Učimo svi zajedno” (We all learn together), organized by the Institute for Improvement of Education and supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Centre for Educational Policies. From 2023, she will also be an external collaborator of the Institute for the Evaluation of Education Quality.
A Serbian language and literature teacher in a small rural elementary school. The fact that the environment her students come from may not be the center of events does not prevent her from opening the doors of the world of culture and education to her students. She pays exceptional attention to digital teaching materials which she creates herself, and teaches her students, as well as colleagues, to do the same. She has launched the blog Gramatoigrolija (https://gramatoigrolija.wixsite.com/my-site) which allows the acquisition of grammar through play, as well as an Instagram page with the same name. She supported eighth-grade students in launching the YouTube channel “Od đaka osmaka” where they present their work. She encourages students to create in the digital environment, resulting in educational games, comics, digital stories, and an electronic magazine as products of project-based teaching.
She passes on her love for the written word to her students through the Reading Club she founded at the school. In an action supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, “Reading Marathon,” she is a member of the main jury and reviewer of novels. In the ZUOV project “Digital Classroom,” she also tried herself as a trainer and mentor for colleagues. She presented her experiences and examples of good practice at several public forums and conferences. She is the author of three professional papers (STEM skills and language teaching and the use of Escape room in language teaching) and an article on the IMO blog – Reading skills and the digital world.
She promotes digital textbooks, and during the pandemic, she also carried out this activity through presentations-webinars. She is a co-author of the seminar “Using Web Tools for Interdisciplinarity in STE(A)M Teaching”. She is the recipient of the Society of Teachers of Novi Sad Award, a finalist of the first national SONS festival that promotes STEM skills, a participant in the international educational project “Intelligence Day,” and her lessons have been included in the “Lesson for an Example” collection two years in a row. She is a national edu leader in the “Education for Serbia” Foundation… She writes plays and poems for children, which she brings to life on stage with her students.
Jasna Brkić, born in 1975, is a senior librarian for children and youth at the Children’s Department of the Belgrade City Library. She designs and organizes programs, projects, and creative and educational workshops with the aim of encouraging reading among children and young people. She is the author of several papers published in professional journals, as well as lectures and accredited seminars for preschool teachers, elementary school teachers, and librarians in public and school libraries on the topic of possibilities and forms of working with children in cultural and educational institutions (“Tools in Hands – Animation and Creation of Stories with the Help of ICT Masters”, “Old Stories in a New Light”, “Do Not Underestimate Presentations”, “Newspaper Literacy and Critical Thinking”). She has participated and presented at numerous professional conferences in the country and abroad and at the International Satellite Conference of the IFLA Section for Children and Youth Services in 2019. She is part of the fifth cycle of the “Creative Mentoring” program, an association that promotes mentoring, empowers the cultural sector, and provides support to professionals interested in improving, networking, and exchanging knowledge.
Jelena is a teacher and collaborator in the implementation of the preparatory preschool program in a private institution, where she creates stimulating learning environments through the use of digital technologies and projects based on STEM learning concepts. She is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Pedagogical Sciences, a recipient of the “Class for Excellence” award, and a finalist in the first National STEAM Festival. She has authored professional papers on inclusive education and working with gifted children. She has also presented at the International Conference “Digital Education 2021.”
Jelena is Associate Professor at Modern Business School in Belgrade. She is particularly committed to the use of ICT in teaching and the development of interdisciplinary competencies.
Jernej Pangeršič is a Solution Specialist in Education at Microsoft, where he works with various stakeholders in transforming education for the 21st century. He is passionate about technology, education, and cybersecurity. In this presentation, Jernej will show the use of Microsoft Teams in primary and secondary schools, as well as how students and teachers can utilize the Learning Accelerators recently launched.
Jovan completed Mathematical Gymnasium in Belgrade. Graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Belgrade. Has been a part of the Petlja Foundation team since September 2019. As a member of the development team, he participates in the development of platforms and tools that help create and enrich eLearning content, and then share it, through numerous Petlja projects. Actively contributes to open eLearning projects.
Krislin Raik is the Community Manager at EdTech Estonia, which is the predominant umbrella organization within the Estonian edtech ecosystem. Krislin’s academic background is in the field of psychology, having worked as a school psychologist before finding her way back to the startup sector and being part of an edtech startup herself. Her motivation for the edtech sector stems from wanting to decrease the workload that teachers face in schools nowadays. Being blessed to work in a digitally advanced country with a high-quality education system, Krislin is passionate to help advance both aspects to make a true, positive change in the world of education and beyond.
Lazar Bulatović is an independent accessibility consultant who has been completely blind since birth. He is currently developing an agency for web accessibility. He conducts accessibility testing and helps companies create websites that are accessible to people with disabilities. He has been using assistive technologies for over 15 years on a daily basis. He regularly speaks on accessibility and other topics. He has a degree in sociology and speaks English, German, and Russian.