USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN EDUCATION
Ljiljana R. Jelić
Marija M. Popović
Svetlana B. Prtenjak Milenković
Preschool education is a very important period in the life of a child. Besides the family, the kindergarten has equivalent importance for the child’s social, emotional and intellectual development. Therefore the role of the teacher is very important and requires permanent competency improvement, so that he/she might apply his/her own skills dealing with a child’s holistic development. One of the basic competencies that a modern preschool teacher should possess is the use of information and communications technology (ICT). Computer literacy, as well as the ability to use ICT, contributes to the improvement of the practice and better planning in the sphere of education, as well. It leads to stronger cooperation with the family, the municipality, or educational institutions. The study aims to determine the percentage of kindergarten teachers that directly integrate new technologies for educational purposes. Also, it will present the best ways for supporting and improving the ICT competency. We selected a sample of 200 teachers employed in five kindergartens from Moravicki District (Čačak, Gornji Milanovac, Ivanjica, Lucani, Guča). The results of the research show that the competencies of the teachers of the Moravicki District for the use of new technologies is at a high level, and that there is a statistically significant difference in relation of the competence level for the use of modern digital technologies and the age and educational level of kindergarten teachers.
Keywords: kindergarten teacher, competencies, new technologies.
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