'The Trip Helped Me Realize That My Projects Are Relevant Outside of Russia As Well'
May 12 is the deadline for this year’s Innovations in Education Competition (KIvO-2016), which has now taken place for three years in a row. The winner of the competition will receive a travel grant to study or try out a project anywhere in the world. The first year’s winner, Diana Kolesnikova, has returned from the U.S., where she studied how educational spaces and various other educational projects for children are set up.
Diana won the 2014 KIvO for her project My Story, initially called Hroom. The project aims to provide career counselling to students before they reach college. It teaches them about what the world will look like in the near future, as well as which skills and technologies will be in demand. My Story has held several camps for students from both public and private schools, and part of these camps featured meetings with representatives from various career fields, some of them quite unusual. For example, past participants include a videogame designer, a geneticist, and even a dolphin therapy specialist.
‘We want to talk to people for whom trends and technology are not just futuristic words, but things you encounter every day at work,’ notes My Story creator Diana Kolesnikova. ‘These are the things we’ll look at; we’re going to “touch” them and experiment,’ she adds
Diana decided to use the travel grant she received to travel to San Francisco Bay Area. She says one of the main objectives of the trip was to study the layout of the physical spaces where people can ‘communicate, create, experiment, and try new things.’ This concerns schools, co-working spaces, playgrounds, theme parks, hostels, ‘fablabs,’ and more.
The founder of the Brightworks School, Gever Tulley, decided to create a space where children can take things apart, break them, set them on fire – all without harming themselves
The trip allowed Diana to identify several directions in which these spaces and educational projects for children are going as a whole.
‘The first trend I saw is mobility,’ Diana comments. ‘All projects are becoming mobile, and there are even pop-up schools. There are more and more projects that are not located in just one place, but everywhere, or schools that periodically change their location,’ she adds.
Another trend can be described with the word transformational. ‘If you’re creating an educational space, it already has more than just one function. A museum is easy to transform into a school or an artists laboratory; a game room can become a cafeteria and a cafeteria – a gym,’ Diana says.
‘We also want to transform the My Story project into something that combines all the functions of a hostel, co-working space, and makerspace,’ she adds. ‘This might not be a static space, but instead a network of locations that periodically pop up and disappear.’
In the U.S., educational projects are sometimes housed in buildings provided by private companies or banks, with equipment being installed in areas on the first floor of their office buildings. In addition, we are seeing more and more examples of co-created or co-owned spaces. ‘It feels like the hippy movement is returning not to the streets, but to homes,’ Diana believes. ‘More and more young people are straying from the idea that they live in their own home. They all chip in and rent huge houses where they intentionally switch rooms from month to month. And when they go on vacation, they leave their room and let someone else stay there.’
Diana was particularly drawn to projects that allow children to be more hands-on. ‘3D printers in schools outside the city are not something new; this is becoming more like the norm,’ she says.
In addition, Diana noticed that curiosity and experimentation is encouraged as opposed to just free creativity. ‘My favourite example is the Brightworks School in San Francisco. It began when the founder, Gever Tulley, saw that his friends’ children were not allowed to do some of the things he enjoyed most as a child. So he decided to create a space where children can take things apart, break them, set them on fire – all without harming themselves. Tulley even wrote a book about it called Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).’
Diana says that her trip to the U.S. provided her with ‘feedback on a global scale’ and convinced her that the projects she and her colleagues are carrying out are ‘relevant and interesting outside of Russia as well.’
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The 2019 Innovations in Education Competition, organized by HSE University’s Institute of Education and the Rybakov Foundation, received more than 600 project submissions. First prize went to a St. Petersburg-based team for a project that aims to combat bullying against hearing-impaired children. The winners received an internship grant valid in any country in the world courtesy of the Institute of Education.
applications from 15 countries and 151 cities have been submitted for the 2019 Сompetition of Innovations in Education, which is a 20% more than last year. This time, the three most popular categories were Continuing Education and Training (238 applications), School Education (218), and Gaming and Interactive Technologies (126).
According to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) entitled Measuring Innovation in Education 2019: What Has Changed in the Classroom?, Russia ranked among the top three countries where schools are changing most rapidly.
This is the first project in the five-year history of the competition that is not directly related to social issues. The project’s authors will receive a travel grant and the opportunity to present their start-up anywhere in the world.
On June 5th, the results of the Competition of Innovations in Education (KIVO–2018) were announced. The competition was organized by the HSE Institute of Education together with the Rybakov Fund. Out of 503 applications, the jury selected 28 projects. Their authors will take part in an innovation accelerator summer school, which will take in Moscow in late June. The competition finals will be held in autumn.
The winners are ‘d notation’, an app that is capable of imputing sheet music and learning music notation on smartphones, tablets and interactive whiteboards (from St. Petersburg), and Dysgraph, an online service that’s used to diagnose and treat dysgraphia in children (from Krasnoyarsk).
On September 12, the winner of the 2016 Innovation in Education (KIvO) award was announced at the EdCrunch International Conference on New Educational Technologies. Taking home the prize this year was The Language of Generations, a social project that pairs up senior citizens from Russia with foreign students who are learning Russian.
The summer session of the Competition for Innovators in Education (KIvO), organized by the Higher School of Economics, was recently held in Moscow. Over a four-day period and under the careful watch of respected experts, KIvO participants worked on and developed projects, which will be presented to potential investors at the International Conference on New Educational Technologies EdCruch, slated for September 12-14, 2016 in Moscow.
from 18 countries were submitted for the third Innovation in Education Contest. The number of people wishing to take part in the competition increases year-on-year: in 2014 – 577 applications were received, and in 2015 – 678.
On September 13, as part of the EdCrunch 2015 conference devoted to new educational technologies and progressive pedagogical approaches, the final round of the KIvO-2015 Innovations in Education Competition will take place. Below, the head of the Institute of Education’s Centre for the Study of Educational Innovations, Alexander Sidorkin, talks about innovations and the people behind them.