“Because of their education [my students’] dreams can come true.” – Nika Klimová, Slovakia
Computer Science Teacher
Elementary School of Ján Bakoss
Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
For Nika Klimová, feedback is an important part of each of her lessons. So, she’s found new ways to ensure the feedback she receives from student is easy to source, and as unfiltered as possible.
“There are many ways to collect feedback from children,” says Klimová. “I used to do it without technology, but then I found that one of the easiest ways is to use Microsoft Forms. Results are immediately visible, and children are not impacted by what others say. It is their own opinion. As a bonus, students will use questionnaires in their adult life, and this is a chance to teach them something applicable to life.”
When it comes to Computer Science, Klimová loves working with BBC micro:bits in combination with Microsoft Makecode. “We prefer a block-based environment,” she says. “I implemented it in 8th grade classes. We are programming many things – dice, rock-paper-scissors, radio connections, etc. As a teacher, I can see the impact of tangible devices – it clearly increases motivation.”
Motivation is extremely important to Klimová, and it was her elementary school teacher who inspired and influenced her. “My wish is to be as great a teacher as she was,” she says. “I teach at an average school, with average students. That is exactly the reason I love my school, and my job: to show average students they are rare. To show them the need for learning. Because of their education, their dreams can come true.”
About Nika Klimová
- Educational background: Matej Bel University – teaching program of Computer Science; 2 years of teaching elementary school.
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Microsoft Sway.
- What is the best advice you have ever received? “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
- Website I check every day: Facebook
- Favorite book: Outlander books