Teaching methodology plays a key role in digital education

With 4 more schools added, Telenor’s HiperSuli now has 20 educational institutions actively participating in the programme. The programme aims to encourage teachers to test and use digital educational methodologies and share them within the teacher community.

Students, teachers and even parents increasingly demand the more active use of digital devices in education. Device penetration has improved a lot in recent years with many schools buying devices from grants or their own funds or adopting the BYOD concept. Now it is the lack of an appropriate teaching methodology that prevents digital education from going mainstream. Teachers need this methodology to apply digital devices and mobile internet in an efficient way. The HiperSuli programme launched by Telenor in 2015 supports schools in this by keeping in touch with the designated teachers of participating schools, providing specialized digital teacher training through the Webuni online education portal and creating an online teacher community for the direct sharing of best practices. 

What is the impact of digital education on students? – survey results of 3 years

“We are learning without even knowing it”, said a student in a survey conducted by HiperSuli teacher András Havassy for the third time this year to evaluate the impact of smartphones on lessons and students. The key benefits of using smartphone apps mentioned by students include immediate feedback on work, the possibility to get good marks faster, easy access to exercises and easier and more efficient learning. Students claim that smartphones make lessons more special and interactive. They are less anxious and stressed when they take smartphone-based tests. Another important benefit is that smartphones create a playful environment where students are learning often without knowing it. Young people believe that flash tests completed using smartphones help them get prepared for large tests, smartphone-based exercises are faster to complete and enable them to get immediate feedback on their results. This process is much slower and time-consuming with paper-based tests. Students also added that smartphones make it easier to understand teachers’ expectations and they also offer an environmentally friendly alternative to using paper.

When will all students and teachers be fully digital? 

There are currently 20 schools involved in the HiperSuli programme. The past 4 years saw 275 teachers acquiring and using digital teaching skills in the programme. The number of students covered by the programme exceeds 5,500 in 243 classes. The number of schools, teachers and students involved in the programme keeps rising and Telenor has simplified and accelerated the process to join the programme for schools and teachers by accepting applications from those interested in digital teaching methodologies also at the website hipersuli.hu. This is when applying schools and programme operator Telenor enter into an active relationship with each other with the would-be HiperSuli teachers of the school acquiring basic digital education skills at the online platform Webuni.

“The programme is growing but we don’t want every Hungarian student to be a HiperSuli student. We want HiperSuli schools to act as digital best practices centres across the country and share and spread their experience in their respective regions. The online knowledge base of HiperSuli crosses geographical boundaries. We want to further enhance Webuni courses, share teaching best practices and make them available to anyone. This is the road to follow if we want every child to be a digital student one day”, said Balázs Koren, Head of HiperSuli programme. 

How can students directly benefit from HiperSuli? 

Today’s students all possess basic digital competences. They start using digital devices at a very early age, first for playing games and watching YouTube, then for chatting and socializing from the age of 9 to 10. The key concern is whether they use these channels in a responsible and safe way protecting their personal data and understanding the difference between joking and digital bullying. The events organized by Telenor to promote safe and responsible internet use are open not only to HiperSuli participants. Telenor’s partner organizations and volunteer employees have educated more than 38,000 children on online safety to date. Parents are supported by a digital resource titled “How to talk to your child about the Internet?” also available at hipersuli.hu.

More information: http://hipersuli.hu