“In my work, I know that technology alone cannot build the skills of the 21st century. Information technologies are an accelerator, but the power of change lies with teachers.” – Ivan Gionov, Bulgaria

 

 

Ivan Gionov
Senior Teacher
French Language School
Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior IT teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Ivan Gionov knows how to innovate on a large scale. Gionov’s school was one of the first educational institutions in Bulgaria to introduce cloud technology, and this Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) played a key role in the school’s launch of Office 365. Today, all students and teachers at the school have their own Office365 accounts with the domain feg.bg.

But Gionov also understands that innovation isn’t all about technology.

“Every year, a large number of high school graduates turn to me, asking for recommendations for admission to European and American universities,” he explains. “In my work, I know that technology alone cannot build the skills of the 21st century. Information technologies are an accelerator, but the power of change lies with teachers. They create tomorrow’s world.”

Gionov sees teaching as a social cause – one with significant cultural impact.

“Democratic changes in my country set more expectations for young people and their digital competences,” he tells us. “Complementing their culture with the skills to apply the latest computer applications contributes to an active life. Our students demonstrate mature thinking and behavior, and have the ability to appreciate the axiological values (ethics and aesthetics). Students growing up in (this) postmodern culture are taking an active part in imposing a new set of moral values. Education in Informatics and Information Technologies plays a key role in this process.”

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