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A delegation of Moscow’s educationalists are paying a return visit to the Island 7 November 2006

A HIGH-POWERED delegation of Moscow’s educationalists is paying a return visit to the Island tomorrow (Wednesday) to witness schools’ pioneering use of Information and Communications Technology.

The visit by Anatoly Smirnov, of the Moscow Government, the chair of the city’s Schools of the Future project, and four other leading educationalists and computer experts, follows an initial fact-finding visit from the Ministry of Education on October 5 and 6.

The Department of Education has led the way with its use of computers in schools and this has already attracted international interest and media coverage.

In a pilot scheme, which has been running since September 2005, several Manx schools have equipped pupils with a laptop computer, among them Dhoon School, which is on the itinerary for tomorrow’s day-long visit.

A similar scheme is planned for schools in Moscow.

The last delegation included Elena Bulin-Sokolova, the director of the Centre of IT and educational environment of Moscow’s Department of Education.

Elena is returning in order that her fellow educationalists and project members can see at first-hand the ‘one-to-one’ scheme in operation.

John Thornley, ICT adviser for the Department of Education, commented on the return trip:

‘It is particularly encouraging that the Moscow Ministry of Education is taking such a close interest in the work of our schools.
‘It seems possible that the Isle of Man model used to deliver ICT in primary schools may, ultimately, be adopted across 1,400 schools in Moscow.
‘This is a great credit to teachers in the Island and to the work of the department’s central ICT team.’

The full delegation comprises:

Anatoly Smirnov – prefect of Zelenograd district of Moscow, a member of the Moscow Government and the chief of the working group developing the Schools of the Future project.

Elena Bulin-Sokolova – the director of the Centre of IT and educational environment of Moscow’s Department of Education.

Alexey Semenov – the rector of Moscow Institute of Open Education and deputy chief of the working group developing the Schools of the Future project. He is the husband of Elena.

Victor Melnikov – the main technical consultant employed by Mr Smirnov in the School of the Future working group.

Michael Zaydfodim – Apple IMC Russia.

The delegation will be accompanied by Elena’s son, Misha, 14, who missed the trip last time. He is 14.

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