The UniGlobalSchool project that we are presenting incorporates the advantages of social networks, YouTube, information hubs, online libraries, and wiki-based projects. With this in mind, the project will be directed and coordinated by national educational associations, which will guarantee a professional review of educational materials, adherence to national traditions and educational standards, as well as timely changes to these standards in line with the requirements of the modern world.
The program’s scope includes all of the functions of social networks. The features of the program we found most promising were those that would allow us to easily unite the teacher and the students in a group during the lesson, as well as simplify the process of testing, learning review, and completing individual tasks that match the students’ level of preparation, ability, etc.
The transition of learning review and progress to the digital format will create all the necessary conditions for the successful monitoring of the educational process, an objective assessment of students’ progress, the creation of an individual rating system, etc. This kind of “educational social network” will simplify the teacher’s job when it comes to managing the students’ acquisition of knowledge and parents’ ability to stay informed of their children’s progress. It will also allow teachers from different countries to directly consult on the learning materials and methodical work and conduct online lessons, whereas the students will be able to take part in joint learning projects, online conferences, and find new friends from different countries.
Teachers will gain new opportunities for educational and methodological work, and the creation of original and innovative methods based on the achievements and resources of their colleagues from around the globe.
In accordance with the concept of project, information about it will be stored on special servers in full compliance with the national education system of each individual country. Access to all educational and specialized learning materials for students and teachers will be free of charge in all countries of the world. Any user will be able to gain access to the national learning materials of any country in the world. This will guarantee the accessibility of the finest learning materials, give teachers the opportunity to develop their professional skills and knowledge, and will allow a timely and professional review of the materials based on the demands of the changing world. Furthermore, the proposed system will allow us to fundamentally resolve the issue of long-distance education and open the door to new possibilities, such as comprehensive foreign language learning, conducting lessons of different subjects in a foreign language in ordinary schools all over the world, as well as long-distance teaching, education for children with special needs, etc.
Additionally, potential plans include the creation of a special department, to which only authorized educational workers will have access. This department can serve as a library of special methodological materials. The size and content of this department will be determined with the input of national educational organizations.
The shared learning materials (textbooks, etc.) on each subject and topic should grant the opportunity for the student to receive alternative information, based on their age, level of knowledge, intellectual and creative abilities, and aptitude for taking in new information. A non-standard method of disseminating information will be encouraged, helping students grasp information more easily. This will improve the teaching opportunities of educators and allow them to free up more time for improving the bonds between students and themselves, as well as create effective new teaching methods.
All learning materials will be openly accessible, but it will be the responsibility of each user to assess the materials (textbooks and others) based on different criteria – students will assess the materials based on the ease of understanding it (with “likes-dislikes”, “good/bad”, or a point rating system). It will be the responsibility of professional educators to give their expert opinion of the materials, offering recommendations and suggestions pertaining to the way the information is presented and possible changes to it. Based on an analysis of these reviews, national educational associations or the project’s administrative arm will form a list of potential developments (in the form of tasks), so that the author will have the opportunity to offer revisions to the materials, or new learning materials with a different structure of way of presenting information can be developed by competing authors. Furthermore, each new learning material presented can be reviewed by professionals, and receive a special status (i.e. “Recommended by the National Association of Teachers”, etc.). As a result, each new piece of learning material will be assessed with a special formula, which will consider the number of downloads in the country and the world as a whole, the status of the material, the professional opinion of teachers in a given period (year, half-year, month, etc.). Based on the results received, the author of the material will receive a special reward, calculated in accordance with the budget of the national or international arm of the project. The reward system for authors and developers of learning materials will adhere to the standards set by national educational associations.
The objectivity of the assessment of learning materials will be provided by the maintenance of a special forum, where users unassociated with the experts or national associations will give independent reviews of the learning materials, and offer recommendations and changes for their better use.