On 7th February the Final conference of iWell “Enhancing the Digital and Social Well-being in Schools”-project took place at the National Center for the Improvement of the qualification of the Pedagogical Specialis in the town of Bankya, at the initiative of the Institute of Technology and Development Foundation, which is a project coordinator and partner. The event was held under the theme "Children in the Digital World" and focused on the safe and responsible use of the new virtual technologies by students in primary grades in order to help them achieve their emotional, social and digital well-being.
Nearly 50 representatives of the educational sector from different categories took part - teachers in pre-school and primary education, school principals, officials from state organizations and from the Ministry of Education and Science and colleagues from the project partner organizations. The moderator role was flawlessly performed by Assistant Albena Antonova from the Centre of Information Society Technologies at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski.
The agenda included presentation of the results achieved by the iWell project in four sections:
- Curriculum and Training Material for Educators - by KMOP, Greece;
- Health Literacy Mini Games - by INNOVADE, Cyprus;
- Teacher Professional Development MOOC - by CARDET, Cyprus;
- Health Literacy Toolkit with Policy & Practice Recommendations - by The Rural Hub, Ireland.
A specially organised round table entitled "Children Growing Up in the Digital World" had a significant place in the conference. It was attended by partners from Bulgaria, Ireland and Cyprus, with recommendations, suggestions and ideas for continuing future cooperation. Dimitar Asenov, director of the National Center for the Improvement of the qualification of the Pedagogical Specialis, described the most important current activities of the state institutions for financing and training of personnel in education. Also during the round table, Associate Professor Elissaveta Gourova from the Sofia University introduced the participants to the DigiLEAD project, which is similar to iWell and focuses on the increasingly urgent digital transformation in schools.
The general impression during the conference, and especially at the end, was that the completion of the iWell project is actually a kind of beginning of new ideas and developments for the needs of education, with the main goal of developing skills for a healthy online life in students.
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