ORT Moscow Technology School, Gymnasium # 1540
Moscow ORT Technology School was set up in 1994 as a new type of general and vocational educational establishment, which harnessed specialised technological facilities to offer innovative curricula and training programs. An ORT Technology Centre was installed at the school in 1995. Until 2013, the school catered for students from the 5th through to the 11th grade.
In 2013, according to a directive of the Moscow Department of Education, Moscow ORT Technology School absorbed another secondary school (# 228) and its kindergarten - which were situated on the same street - and created a unified educational complex. Since 2014 two more kindergartens were affiliated to the complex.
ORT Moscow Technology School was acting as the linking element in this merger, sharing its experience in educational innovation across the whole complex and affiliating the kindergartens as a pre-school element of the ORT school.
Since the 2014-2015 academic year the primary grades department have also been established as part of the ORT Moscow Technology School.
|Name of School||ORT Moscow Technology School, Gymnasium # 1540|
|Age range||Junior High, High School|
Alongside the general education provided according with the Russian Federation National Curriculum and Moscow Regional Curriculum, the school also specializes in two advanced tracks of study: Jewish education and technology education. Curricula for these tracks make use of modern computer technology, interdisciplinary study and project-based learning.
Hebrew is taught to students from the 1st to the 4th grades according to Tal AM program for 3 hours per week within the framework of the Jewish lifecycle course.
For students from the 5th through to the 11th grades Hebrew is taught for 3 hours per week following the Heftsiba program.
History and Traditions of the Jewish People
This course is taught to the students from the 1st to the 4th grades for 3 hours per week within the framework of the Jewish lifecycle course. Students of the 4th grade have 1 more hour for studying Judaism within the framework of the state course “Fundamentals of Religious Culture and Secular Ethics”.
This course is also taught to all students from the 5th through to the 11th grades. Lessons are complemented by 3-day Shabbaton seminars – lasting from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon – in which students are involved in the study of Jewish traditions, customs and history beyond the formal curriculum. Senior students in the 8th to 11th grades work as madrichim on these Shabbaton seminars, teaching younger students and playing a key role in group activities. These senior students are graduates of the School of Young Jewish Leaders which operates at the school.
Jewish and Israeli Geography, Literature & Art
These topics are integrated into the corresponding mainstream subjects. To assist with this, the school opened an Interdisciplinary Jewish Department in 2012.
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This course is taught to students in the 10th grade. A number of training events and educational trips prepare students for the annual Masa Shorashim.
All students from the 5th through to the 11th grades work on an individual or group project related to a topic about Jewish history, traditions or the State of Israel. Since 2010, the school has been twinned with an Israeli school and so these projects are often completed together with Israeli students.
The technology course is taught to students in primary and 5th to 8th grades and uses LEGO-Education sets. These sets are particularly useful for teaching younger students who appreciate a fresh approach to the subject and are stimulated by working with their hands.
In 2013 the school started to offer a course in 3D modelling and prototyping, with the support of the Moscow State University of Technology. Students meet with university lecturers and learn about the fundamentals of working on industrial equipment and software. In practical workshops they work on individual projects with a 3D CADCAM tool.
Thanks to the support of the SIU System company, the school was provided with a 3D printer and scanner in December 2013. As a result, prototyping has been added to the technology syllabus, allowing students to create plastic prototypes of their projects and develop their skills in 3D modelling.
Computer Science and Programming
Computer Science lessons for primary grades is conducted with the use of rechargeable, programmable floor robots called Bee-Bot. They also study the fundamentals of programming using Scratch.
In the 5th to 9th grades, students learn about the history of computers, modern methods of information storage and processing, and the basics of office software.
In the 10th and 11th grades, students learn Pascal programming, algorithmic design and the process of writing and debugging programs.
In 2012, the school joined the CISCO Networking Academy, and was able to offer a course on IT Essentials to students in the 9th and 10th grades. In the 2011/2012 academic year the school was included in the top-rating school list of the Cisco Networking Academy and in 2015 two Moscow ORT Technology School instructors were recognised as the best of the school instructors.
Digital Science Laboratory
Using this advanced laboratory in their science lessons, students are able to model various physical phenomena and analyse the physical laws which govern them.
This subject was introduced as an extra-curricular course in 2010 for juniors in the 5th to 8th grades and seniors in the 9th to 11th grades. Using modern robotic construction kits for NXT, students learn to assemble mechanisms using electric drivers, and program them to perform certain actions. Students are able to take part in a variety of robotic competitions.
In autumn 2013 the school joined ORT's regional program for the study of electronics, automation and robotics through the use of Arduino controllers (in cooperation with the Amperka company). As a result, the school has been able to prepare its teams in robotic competitions at a higher level and to increase students' motivation for studying C++.
Computer Design and Publishing
The school offers an optional course in Computer Design and Publishing, which together with a course on Journalism provides students with the skills to produce and publish a school newspaper. Students learn the basics of modern computer design, digital photo and video processing and newspaper layout. They also practice with relevant software, such as Adobe In Design and QuarkXPress.
Following an agreement with Sony in 2013, the school has benefited from a range of equipment for 3D video shooting and editing, which allows for additional courses on to be on offer to students.
Project work in Technology Education
The 8th grade students participate at the project “Schools of IT-solutions” which involves the solving of problems that students face in everyday school life.
The 10th grade students participate at the project "Design that changes the urban environment".
A team of students also participate in the “Art Space” project under the leadership of the 3D Design teacher to compete for “The School’s yard” nomination.
Integration of students with special needs
Since 2005, the school has received support from the Jewish Agency and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for a project aimed at integrating students with special educational needs, such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, into mainstream schooling. The school has become an expert centre on inclusive models of education, hosting seminars for teachers and administrators from schools across Moscow.
Since 2013 the Moscow ORT Technology School has twice been named the best inclusive schools of Russia. Two teachers implementing this project at school were awarded the best curator and the best teacher at an inclusive school.
Contributions to the national education system
- Moscow ORT Technology school has been a leading force in the implementation of ICT in school life. For example, it was the first in Moscow to launch an electronic school diary, and was one of the first to install the Moodle virtual learning platform. Given this expertise, the school hosts several seminars a year on the application of ICT in schools for teachers and administrators from schools across Russia.
- The school was appointed by the Moscow Department of Education and the Moscow University of Psychology and Pedagogy as a model school for intercultural communication and tolerance, particularly for its efficient integration of Jewish education into the curriculum. Since 2012, the school has opened its doors for visiting educators and prospective teachers who want to learn from the school’s practical experience in intercultural education.
- In 2015 Moscow ORT Technology School became one of the sites where the All-Russia Conference “STEM and Educational Robotics” was held.