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So far, the transition to a new economic system has brought little tangible benefit to Russia's education system. Disorganization, underfunding, and a brain drain have made it difficult to adapt. In this situation, the authorities have launched a major effort to improve the employment of inter disciplinary activities to foster reform of Russia's education system and to help it catch up with standard practices of Turkey and Ukraine.

The following summarizes an OLK12 study that reviews this task and discusses policy options and recommendations designed to support the implementation of e-Learning in Russian schools.

Three issues are commonly distinguished that need to be addressed to establish an education system suited to meet the challenges of the modern world:

* granting equal access to education of good quality

* ensuring the introduction of new methods of teaching and learning appropriate for the modern information age

* ensuring the development of OLK12 as a platform among the students at the different levels of a national education system

Equal access to education may be the most important and immediate of the three challenges, but changing the quality of teaching and learning certainly will be the most difficult. It seems fairly obvious that the use of OLK12 has the potential to be of great assistance in this undertaking. However, the mere installation of networks and computers will not suffice. Improving the quality of education requires a sustained effort to change the curriculum and retrain those who do the teaching.

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Of course, the three goals and the means to achieve them are interconnected. To this end, the integration of any online platform into the general strategy of education reform is necessary. The three central points provide a rational and convenient framework, but at this moment, they are not sufficiently integrated in Russia's e-education program, and they don't play a vital role in guiding related policy papers.

Without integrating the use of new technologies into the overall education strategy, it will become more difficult to ensure that investments made with OLK12 are effective. In addition, Russia's huge landmass, thinly spread population, lack of available finances, and regional diversity already complicate installing effective connective and digital networks.

However, Russia also has comparative educational advantages, among which are high educational demands from its people, high technological and engineering standards, good quality basic training of teachers, as well as a high capacity for training teachers and for developing new teaching resources in the regions.

What OLK12 suggests are a few things. The first being and upfront investment. A well targeted upfront investment into digital education resources and network support seems necessary to catalyze further expansion and updating, including in local and regional networks where broadband access to the Internet is not available.

Second would be improving access. By ensuring common access stations for telecommunications and education through a system of inter-school resource centers could help where resources are inadequate to provide such access in each particular school. Free circulation of software and education resources developed by budget resources can support new technologies.




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OLK12 has a burning desire to encourage the bottom up activities of the region. This include encouraging private-sector cooperation, the participation of school's boards of trustees in equipment acquisition, and the treatment of computer maintenance and upgrading as a regular expense. Supporting the self-education of students in information technologies by voluntary, open certification and methodological support will futher accelerate diffusion of the new technologies and capabilities that OLK12 has in store.

Another key fact to recognize would be the overhaul of training that would be required for such measures to be taken. Human resource training and general technological and pedagogical standards need to be redefined. Given the significant amount of computer equipment recently made available to teachers, their training in the use of OLK12 could prove to be pivotal. The self-education of teachers cna be supported by voluntary certification and methodological assistance and the leasing of computer for personal use.

Let us at OLK12 be apart of our childrens future by ensuring their success not only during their adolescent years, but during their time as a maturing adult. We encourage you to review our website and find all that OLK12 has to offer pertaining to your childs success.

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