Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yekaterinburg administration pushes ahead with technological education initiatives

Yekaterinburg city head Alexander Yakob announced on Wednesday that his administration will move forward with a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing the technological infrastructure of municipal educational institutions.

Yakob's announcement came immediately after a meeting with members of the city's Department of Education Administration. During the meeting, the parties discussed the launch of such educational information technology projects as creating a centralized data network and creating a procurement plan for Yekaterinburg schools throughout 2016-2019, Ekburg.ru reports.

Currently, Yekaterinburg public schools are equipped with more than 7,100 desktop computers, 3,800 laptop computers, 3,000 multimedia projectors, 1,300 interactive hand-held devices and approximately 5,000 other units of educational technology. Collectively, there are 272 computer laboratories in operation within Yekaterinburg schools. As of 2014, each school in the city is connected to the internet.

This year alone, the city's administration has procured more than 3,000 licenses for state-of-the-art educational software and has launched a city-wide intranet portal for its schools which allow students and teachers alike to access information on the school library system, food offerings at the cafeterias and other student and faculty services, according to Ekburg.ru.

"Despite the relatively good level of informational and educational complex, Yekaterinburg City Administration should be noted that there is a great diversity, both in the equipment used, and in the information systems that in the future will not allow to develop at the same pace," Eugene Umnikova, chief of the Yekaterinburg Department of Education Administration, Ekburg.ru reports. "We need to develop a strategy for a centralized policy perspective development of the educational complex in this direction."