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European Vocational Skills Week
News announcement4 August 2020Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Teachers Training in Pandemia Times

Selçuk Yusuf Arslan

© 2020, Selcuk Yusuf Arslan

My name is Selçuk Yusuf Arslan. I am a computer science teacher in Ankara, Turkey. After the awards I received in vocational training, I try to share my knowledge and skills with my other colleagues.

Schools are in a holiday period and they have been going on distance education activities in Turkey from the middle of March 2020. This process has shown how important the use of technology is for teachers. Perhaps it was the first time for many teachers to teach remotely. In that way, this period created a chance for teacher trainings and learning about distance education.

There are especially many provincial directorates of national education – in Turkey – that turned this period into an advantage. Based on teachers’ demands some started training teachers all over the country. As a teacher trainer, I received a proposal from some Provincial Minister of National Education to present and share my knowledge with other teachers in our country. I have been providing Distance Education, Coding and STEM Approach online teaching for a while and there has been an incredible demand from the very first presentation. At the end of these trainings which were followed by about 25000 teachers in total, I answered several questions and I continue to answer them. I am extremely happy and proud of this demand.

Thanks to these trainings, I contributed to both the improvement of digital competencies of VET teachers and learning STEM approach during this difficult times.


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