The meeting of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation with the deputy heads of executive authorities of the Russian Federation’s regions in the sphere of education was held at Minin university on June 2 as part of the conference "Digital Industry of Industrial Russia". The conference was attended by the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Kravtsov, the Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, Mr. Maksut Shadayev, the Rector of Minin university, Mr. Viktor Sdobnyakov, and other leaders responsible for the digital transformation of education.

The “My School” federal state information system, which is planned to be put into use in 2022, was presented to the conference participants during the meeting. This system will allow students to use verified digital educational content for free both in the compulsory educational process and while studying additional educational programs.

The Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Kravtsov, noted - “Russia is a large country, it has many territories remote from big cities but nevertheless, the entire education system is developing in the way of equal opportunities and accessibility for each child. A united educational space is more than just a declamation of intentions, it is a great work, first of all, with infrastructure: high-speed Internet, equipment, services, resources, cloud assistants. All this is publicly available, all this is based on Russian IT developments and, what is more important, it works and helps teachers, schoolchildren, and their parents. What are our next steps? Now the global federal information system “My School” is being formed and there will be content on all subjects of educational programs for all the levels of general education. It will be with the state quality mark, verified by experts”.

In his speech, Minin university rector, Mr. Viktor Sdobnyakov, emphasized the importance of forming digital competencies among current and future teachers:

“Starting this year Minin university will act as a competence center for digital transformation of pedagogical education. Together with Innopolis we are developing a comprehensive training program of so-called “digital teachers” in Russian pedagogical universities. These teachers will possess digital competencies that are a real “must-have” for a modern teacher. We are going to train new teachers as well as help those who have already completed their studies through advanced training programs for graduates of pedagogical universities. And these programs will be not only for computer science teachers but also for non-major teachers”.

The rector of Minin university mentioned that this project also includes integration of disciplines aimed at the formation of digital competencies into the curricula, formation of work programs for disciplines, introduction of the modern gamification of education concept into the educational process and creation of a unified software base for pedagogical universities to use in educational and managerial processes.

According to Viktor Sdobnyakov, implementation of the project will help to form digital competencies of the teaching staff in the next 5 years. Minin university under the leadership of the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Sergeevich Kravtsov, is ready to be a coordinator for the implementation of the Digital Teacher project and digital transformation of pedagogical education in Russia.

Also, the CIPR TECH WEEK festival has been taking place since May 30 at the “Boiling Point’ workspace of Minin university. Leading IT specialists give lectures at the university on machine learning, computer vision and voice artificial intelligence and organize discussions on the development of information trends in the context of new challenges.

Photo is taken from social networks of the Minister of Education, Science and Youth Policy of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Ms. Olga Petrova.