The Ministry launched the portal https://e-koolikott.ee which allows easy access to digital learning materials from one site. The portal enables teachers to use materials from different websites, combine videos, games, worksheets and other educational tools, and make the created learning kits easily accessible for students and peers.
Jürgen Ligi, the Minister of Education and Research said e-Koolikott simplifies and encourages the use of digital learning materials. "Instead of visiting several portals, teachers can conveniently use various materials on one site. e-Koolikott saves their time and helps to make digital learning materials a natural part of learning," said Minister Jürgen Ligi.
According to Kristel Rillo, the Deputy Head of E-services Department of the Ministry of Education and Research, there are several further developments planned this year to make e-Koolikott even more helpful for teachers and students. "For instance, we intend to further develop the search engine to allow searching for the materials according to general competencies as well as subjects and cross-curriculum topics. As from summer, the portal should also include paid educational literature," explained Rillo.
Further, there are plans to link the portal to the database containing examination worksheets, so that teachers could easily add exercises into the learning kits they have created. Finnish digital learning materials will be available to Estonian schools through e-Koolikott later this year.
The Ministry welcomes user feedback regarding the portal to e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- e-Koolikott consists of learning materials for preschool, general and vocational education.
- The portal allows creating your own learning kits by compiling different learning materials, for example, e-textbooks, interactive games, worksheets and exercises created by the teacher. These kits can be made visible to all users or shared with a certain group only.
- e-Koolikott allows providing feedback on the materials and highlighting the best practises.
- According to the Estonian law, all educational literature created from May 2015 onwards must be accessible digitally. In 2016, the publishers will link their websites of educational literature to e-Koolikott.
- In the future, the reviews of educational literature will also be available in e-Koolikott.
- The free learning materials available through the portal can be freely used by anyone. Registered users with the corresponding user rights can use paid educational literature, create learning kits and evaluate learning materials.
- e-Koolikott is accessible from a computer or digital device regardless of the operation system.
- By 2020, schools will be able to provide general education using only digital learning materials.
- e-Koolikott is part of the Education Cloud which is the government's initiative to develop a technology-neutral environment for using digital learning materials.