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Innovative Educational Technologies, Tools and Methods for E-learning
Scientific Editor Eugenia Smyrnova-Trybulska
“E-learning”, 12, Katowice–Cieszyn 2020, pp. 207–219
DOI: 10.34916/el.2020.12.18

el-2020-12-18

USE OF ONLINE SIMULATORS FOR THE FORMATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNERS’ COMPUTING SKILLS

Svitlana Skvortsova-1, Ruslana Romanyshyn-2, 1, South Ukrainian Pedagogical University named after K. Ushynskyi, Odesa, 65038, Ukraine, 2, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ivano-Frankivsk, 76014, Ukraine, 1, skvo08@i.ua, ORCID 1, 0000-0003-4047-1301, 2, 0000-0001-8480-2702

Abstract: The article offers an overview of existing online simulators, such as LearningApps, Liveworksheets, Wizer.me, OnlineMSchool.com, http://mіksіke.net.ua, for the formation of computing skills of primary school children; it provides the analysis of advantages and disadvantages of their use. The educational online environment Miksike (http://miksike.net.ua)  operating within the educational project Miksike in Ukraine is an effective means of developing computing skills in primary school learners thanks to the Pranglimine subsystem created in this system. These simulators not only develop the skills of oral calculations, but also give the opportunity to actively communicate to participants from different European countries (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Slovenia). Thus, primary school teachers are offered a set of ready-made ICT tools for learners to acquire numeracy competence as a key one. At the same time, the question arises as to the approximation of the content of tasks for the formation of students’ strong numeracy skills to the content of the tasks of a particular lesson. Therefore, there is a need for the teacher to develop interactive tasks that involve performing arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in the sections of “Ten”, “Hundred”, “Thousand” and “Multi-digit numbers”. In this context, we have analysed online services that allow teachers to create interactive tasks that provide instant feedback and automatically evaluate the results of students’ calculation activities: LearningApps, Liveworksheets, Wizer.me. Thus, two directions of ICT use in the formation of computing skills are proposed: the use of ready-made online simulators and the use of online services to create interactive tasks. As a result of studying the relevance of the problem of using ICT in the formation of computing skills in primary school learners, a survey of primary school teachers was conducted, which showed the need of the teaching community regarding the aforementioned teaching aids.

Keywords: ICT, online environment, online service, development of computing skills, primary school learners.

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