Aleksandar Lazovski, EDUINO project manager & Co-founder of SmartUp
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
EDUINO was a direct response to the school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity to urgently develop much needed digital educational materials. With the introduction of the concept of crowdsourcing of open accessible resources for everyone, we wanted to shift the narrative among the teaching community, moving them from individual thinking and into inspirational collective action!
How does your innovation work in practice?
EDUINO is a collective portal where educational materials are crowdsourced on a voluntary basis through the EDUINO community. The portal connects users to various EDUINO educational platforms, for example “EDUINO Schooling” which offers open and free 4000 verified video lessons for pre-primary, elementary and high school. These lessons are prepared by over 1000 teachers, on multiple languages and subjects based on the curricula. The platform offers professional development with video courses on methods and tools as well as increasingly popular webinars on topics relevant to the teacher of the 21st century. It also hosts a library of experiential play-based materials for students age 3-10.
Beyond the web-site, the most important aspect is the EDUINO community of educators, programmers, activists and parents who openly collaborate, co-create and support the strive to improve educational outcomes in what is one of the lowest performing countries on the 2018 PISA testing.
How has it been spreading?
Through a series of open crowdsourcing calls, we developed and engaged our EDUINO community to create educational materials, on a voluntary basis. Each educator received concrete guidance, training and framework. Our team takes care of the technicalities and categorization. Furthermore, all of the materials go through verification and approval, which ensures the quality of the content and curriculum compatibility. Results include 4088 375 views on the 4062 video lessons (12 months), 411 play based activities and our webinars have been viewed 73,738 times, with 3000 average viewers per event.
We plan to expand and scale these libraries, develop co-creation guide for international use and introduce a new ECD platform, an EDUINO Laboratory and a SCIENCE Hub. More at: https://cutt.ly/dxig1LG
If I want to try it, what should I do?
All of the materials can be accessed through the official website www.eduino.gov.mk or our media outlets such as our YouTube profiles, i.e Eduino Platform (12000+ subs). Soon, you will be able learn about the entire process through our guides on good practices on how to use design thinking within education and guides on community sourcing and community development. Exam.: https://cutt.ly/ZxqZwSH