5.12.2017 eSchools Collaboration in the Cross-border eRegion Gathering

5.12.2017 eSchools Collaboration in the Cross-border eRegion Gathering

Time: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10:00 – 15:00

Location: Grammar School Celje Center, Kosovelova 1, 3000 Celje

Recommended parking: Vrunčeva ulica  (200 m walking)


Conclusions and Recommendations

There is no registration fee, registration is required, however, at Gricar@FOV.Uni-Mb.si.

Slovene is the working language of the gathering. The website is in English.


Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion

Grammar School Celje Center


Two problems to be discussed are the following:

We need to accelerate the usage of eTechnologies for more efficient and more successful interorganizational eCollaboration.

We would like to increase our eCollaboration with the potential partners in the neighboring countries.

eCollaboration as the way back to humanity. Can the schools make the digital future humane again?

At the threshold of the end of the second decade of the 21st century, we can without any doubt say that we are entering the world of all-encompassing digitization and a new, electronically coloured world. We live in a time in which many of our activities are automatically recorded and digitized – not just information such as texts, images, music and video, but also our behaviour, movements, decisions, feelings. Today’s technology also enables the digitization of habits, rituals, beliefs and similar tasks that we may not be aware of, but they unconsciously shape and guide our actions and decisions.

The European Agenda respectively the Development Strategy for the Information Society until 2020 is based on five dimensions that we can also see as historical conditions. After several “industrial” centuries, we are again masters of the elusive quality we call the time. Digital concepts reduce the need for manpower, simplify communication channels and optimize the cost portion of our engagement in the career dimensions of professional development and personality growth., Modern technologies enable within the framework of human and ideas’ potentials the creation of an extraordinary polygon, which regardless of the desubjectivation, caused by the impulsive progress, can bring humanity back from individual solitude to collective dialogue with fellow human beings and nature.

The modern school too puts everything described above in the foreground: digitization, creativity, entrepreneurship, … But at this moment we cannot speak of major effects, as we still cling to the formalistic way of thinking and patterns. These are only supplemented with material benefits from various projects of the consortia, with mythological fear of digitization, that replaces the teacher of flesh and blood by the robot. However, we do not exploit the greatest advantage that digitization allows – that education systems open up to a greater extent to the world and to life, including the informal knowledge that nourishes formal knowledge, and vice versa, that the teacher and the student again gain the time in which they enter into direct dialogue. Teachers put creativity still too often equal with art talent, although creativity is basically only the sincere and passionate curiosity, but the role of the mentor is to promote the curiosity with his/her experience and care, and in the digital field to integrate the skills and knowledge of the young into his/her work and ideas.

Entrepreneurship, too, is only the economic category in education and training, but not the ability to search for solutions and target thinking through different concepts. Tal Ben-Shahar, professor of positive psychology at Harvard, says the movement causes feelings and awakens motivations in us. Man has to travel somewhere to feel himself and to recognize his real nature. You need to escape from the comfort zone. Movement is not just literal and geographical. Evald Flisar, a Slovenian writer, says the movement is primarily the path through imaginary and fictive worlds that we are offered by books, films, dramas, television, the internet…

The future begins here and now, but the past is the basis, culture and tradition. The past must be the strongest role model and a basis for dialogue. The future is in the hands of generations who are the main participants in the education system at the primary, secondary and tertiary level today. There is no clear answer to the question what today’s society expects of the useful and effective individual, or family, school and society in general that are supposed to make such a single person. The answer is mainly in the field of values … responsibility, maturity, empathy, honesty, diligence and sincerity. In these cases, we do not need digitization, but the model of the past tradition and experience. Unfortunately, in the education system we are trying to digitize exactly what should not the case of this process. On the other hand, the digitalization allows an extraordinary transformation of business processes and in a few years the youth will witness a very different reality. This reality then requires some level of digital skills, the ability to adapt to change, empathy, intercultural skills, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work in a team. We have neglected all this in the past reforms, or we have even moved away from it. We walled up digitization with standards that reject any change.

Many walls are being built right now. We fortify ourselves from the interesting environment, in which, however, we leave behind a lot of experiences, which therefore cannot feed the knowledge. The wall is not that unreal boundary that we need on all points of our development. We learn to set boundaries for ourselves and others as we grow up. The real boundaries are compassionate and respectful, far away from the authoritarian and oppressive wall. Above all, they allow us to have a look at the wide expanses of the creations of nature and man. They enable interpersonal and intercultural dialogue. There are boundaries that make movements possible in time and space, in the digital and real worlds. Boundaries that connect, and inspire our belief in the global society of acceptance and cooperation …

Gregor Deleja, Professor & Headmaster, Grammar School Celje – Center


The eSchools Collaboration in the Cross-border eRegion Gathering is problem based and action focused. Its objectives are the following:

Continuous development of the school programs to help the students to become an equal member of the e-global society.

Creating ideas for the joint project proposals to the EU tenders and rethinking of the possible cross-border partners with collaboration and networking.

Proposing the suggested ways for the schools’ involvement in the cross-border eCollaboration.

Investigating how could the informatics teaching, and the availability of the ICT technologies in the schools be exploited for an accelerated eCollaboration in a macro region of the neighboring countries: the DanubeAdriatic & Ionian,  Alpine  regions.

Sharing the experience on the involvement of the schools in training of the cross-border eCollaboration in order to contribute to the improvement of the school’s cooperation with the companies in its environment.

Expressing interest in interlinking with the related networks.

Exploitation of the national and international activities initiated by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Preparing for an international event eSchools Collaboration in the Cross-border eRegion taking place in Slovenia in Spring of 2018.

The representatives of the basic schools, grammar schools, and universities are the members of the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion.


10:00 – 10:15 Welcome Address & Outline of the Gathering

Gregor Deleja, Principal
Grammar School Celje Center

10:15 – 11:30 Panel eCollaboration Opportunities – Grammar School Perspective

An example of the English language in the Human Immune system lesson. Is a virus always a virus?
Sonja Artač, Teacher of Biology & Head, Development and Research Unit, Grammar School Vič Ljubljana
eTechnologies Supporting Differentiated Classroom
Ines Dukić, Physics Teacher & Mentor, XV. Grammar School Zagreb, Croatia

English as a tool within various fields of expertise
Maja Gerden, Teacher of English Language, Grammar School Vič Ljubljana
How to be More Active in eCollaboration with Other Schools?
Polona Masnec, Teacher of Psychology, Brežice Grammar School
Mateja Raušl, Teacher of English and German Language, Brežice Grammar School

11:30 – 11.45 Break

11:45 – 13:00 Panel eCollaboration Opportunities – Faculty Perspective

Dr. Zrinka Mileusnić, Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Archaeology and Heritage, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska
Dr. Zoran Levnajić, Associate Professor & Head, Complex Systems and Data Science Lab, Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto

Dr. Gregor Pobežin, Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology and Heritage, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska & Head, Institute of Cultural History, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Third Age University Ljubljana, Italian Language Class & Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions

13:00 – 13:30 Refreshment hosted by the Grammar School Celje Center

13:30 – 14:45 Panel School Principals & Deans Proposing Joint Actions

Gregor Deleja, Principal, Grammar School Celje Center
Mag. Alenka Krapež, Principal, Grammar School Vič Ljubljana

Mirjam Bizjak, Principal, Grammar School France Prešeren Kranj
Simon Konečnik, Headmaster, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School Center Velenje
Ksenija Lipovšček, Principal, Economic Grammar School and Secondary School Radovljica
Mojca Lukšič, Principal, Novo mesto Grammar School
Dr. Irena Lazar, Professor & Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska
Dr. Iztok Podbregar, Professor & Dean, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor

14:45 – 15:00 Closing

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions


Sonja Artač, Teacher & Head, Development and Research Unit
Grammar School Vič Ljubljana

Mirjam Bizjak, Principal
Grammar School France Prešeren Kranj

Gregor Deleja, Principal
Grammar School Celje Center

Ines Dukić, Physics Teacher & Mentor
XV Grammar School Zagreb, Croatia

Maja Gerden, Teacher of English Language
Grammar School Vič Ljubljana

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions, Editor, eRegion Portal & Member of Assembly & Member of the Board, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, http://CESCI-net.eu/office-holders

Simon Konečnik, Headmaster
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School Center Velenje

Mag. Alenka Krapež, Principal
Grammar School Vič Ljubljana

Dr. Irena Lazar, Professor & Dean
Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska

Dr. Zoran Levnajić, Associate Professor & Head, Complex Systems and Data Science Lab
Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto

Ksenija Lipovšček, Principal
Economic Grammar School and Secondary School Radovljica

Mojca Lukšič, Principal
Novo mesto Grammar School

Polona Masnec, Teacher of Psychology
Brežice Grammar School & Coordinator, Erasmus+ Project Challenging Conflicts in Schools (Austria, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia)

Dr. Zrinka Mileusnić, Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Archaeology and Heritage
Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska

Dr. Gregor Pobežin, Associate Professor
Department of Archaeology and Heritage, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska & Head, Institute of Cultural History, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Dr. Iztok Podbregar, Professor & Dean
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor

Mateja Raušl, Teacher of English and German Language
Brežice Grammar School & Coordinator, Erasmus+ Project United Colours of Creativity for Learners’ Future (Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey)

Primož Zorko, Multiplicator, Spread the School EU Project
Economic Grammar School and Secondary School Radovljica

Conclusions and Recommendations

1 Throughout the education and training vertical we miss more linkage between the different levels of education, at the same time we face too little responce to the demands of modern times – both in terms of digitization and the use of modern technologies for a more intensive involvement of neighbourhood needs in the training sphere along with interdisciplinarity, as well as adaptation of working methods to prepare young people for the challenges of modern times.

2. It is necessary to increase awareness of the constructive intergenerational dialogue, in which in particular the older generations were recently overlooked, together with their rich life and professional experience. This experience could facilitate the work of the younger generations. On the other hand, in the context of lifelong learning the younger generations could bring the use of modern technologies closer to the older generations.

3. In the context of connecting, the attendees of the meeting see the need for a systematic introduction of monitoring the examples of good practice in the education vertical in the form of mutual observances or shadowing. At the moment we are making use of possibilities especially abroad (Erasmus+), local practices only refer to the individual thematic conferences and meetings. There is a lack of active participation by teachers, especially in the field of study visits, which refer to the higher or the lower level of education (from faculties to secondary schools, and from secondary schools to faculties and primary schools), or to the area of informal education, which is carried out by non-governmental organizations, such as Third Age University.

4. The humanistic idea as a protection against abuse and negative supremacy of modern technologies in education. Social responsibility as part of the common vision of education.

5. To train young people for the future professions means to teach the pupils and students to thoroughly conquer different competences that require a high degree of interdisciplinarity, which again requires consolidated basic knowledge, promotion of curiosity and creativity – the last teaches the young people to ask the right questions to critically review huge amounts of information and metadata. In the case of training programs this means, above all, fast response and adaptation of learning contents. This is now more in the domain of higher education than secondary education, where greater flexibility would be of key importance. Involving employers in the process of considering changes and adjustmen

6. Lack of the perception of culture as the all-encompassing “interdisciplinary” heritage of humanity. In this field possible creation of substantively broad projects on cultural heritage.

7. Lack of concrete working methods and practices in the field of differentiation, undefined system of work with talented students as well as unclear definitions of talent. In this area, lack of comprehensive training for teachers.


    1. Work – and research camps (vertical connection, camps for youth and teachers)
    2. Joint research projects (modelled on the project A creative way to usable knowledge)
    3. Creation of the digital information point for the connection within the education vertical and the offer of shadowing, mutual observances and training courses.
    4. Preparing of the contents for the package for »Historical Education for eDemocracy
    5. Cultural heritage projects – highlighted were two thematic areas, which include different subjects: 1. The Roman Road Aquileia – Emona – Celeia-Carnuntum & Emona-Siscia-Singidunum, 2. Southern Railway (Južna železnica (SLO), Südbahn (GER)).


 Next meeting will be held on March, 21. and 22, 2018 in Celje. International partners will also be invited to the meeting.

Prepared by Gregor Deleja, Professor & Headmaster, Grammar School Celje – Center


Ashoka Global Network of Changemaker Schools, Ashoka Austria, Vienna

eRegions on the New eAmber and New eSilk Roads Think Tank, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Grammar eSchools Network, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions, Slovenia

Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe – NISPAce, Vienna, Austria

SAP University Alliances, Ljubljana, Slovenia

U3A Online – the first virtual Third Age University, Australia


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The prototypes developed and presented within the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion are published as the components of the annual Danube eRegion Conference – DeRC: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development DeRC2012DeRC2013DeRC2014, as well as of the Italy-Slovenia Workshop 2013

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