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 provided education for the 5th through to the 11th grades.
In 2013, a merger of schools and kindergartens was initiated by the Moscow Department of Education, resulting in the creation of the new unified educational complex under the roof of existing Moscow ORT Technology School. Since 2014 the school has been comprised of two school buildings, three kindergartens and a total 1200 students.
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.
The most important change in the school after the merge has been the opening of the Jewish primary school and Jewish groups in kindergartens as part of the ORT Moscow Technology School.
|Name of School||ORT Moscow Technology School, Gymnasium # 1540|
|Age range||Kindergarten, Primary School, 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 (engineering) education. The learning process is supported by the efficient 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 as an interdisciplinary course within hebrew lessons, and supported by extra-curricular courses from the 1st to the 11th grades. Students of the 4th and 5th grades have one more hour for studying Judaism within the framework of the state course “Fundamentals of Religious Culture and Secular Ethics”.
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.
History of the HolocaustORT Moscow Technology School, Gymnasium # 1540, Moscow
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 kindergarten to the 11th grade 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.
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.
- In 2017 Moscow ORT Technology School became the winner of the Grant of the Mayor of Moscow "For creating a developing environment for students, providing opportunities for their socialisation and creative development."
- In 2017 Moscow ORT Technology School was included in the TOP-300 schools of Moscow.
From the 8th grade Moscow ORT Technology School provides professionally-oriented education. All students enrolled in the 8th grades are divided into prespecialised classes in the following areas:
- pre-professional Engineering (in-depth study of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics),
- prespecialised Humanities (in-depth study of foreign languages, Literature, History and Social Studies)
- Universal studies within the framework of individual curricula in various areas not related to the Engineering or Humanities sphere.
In the 10th and 11th grades students study in professionally specialised classes:
- Engineering Students in engineering classes are trained to master future occupations in engineering (information modelling of buildings and structures, 3D design and prototyping, basics of CNC machine work, development and creation of robotic systems, creation and programming of smart home elements and others).
Students are prepared for entering Universities on socio-economic specialities, to receive socio-economic knowledge and skills, necessary for the successful socialisation in adult life, and for the realisation of their career potential.
- Philological (Oriental studies)
Philological (oriental) studies is for those who are ready to work with the narrative: to read, understand and create texts in native and foreign languages. In-depth study of subjects: English and Hebrew, Russian and Literature. Goals and objectives of the profile: to achieve a high level of knowledge and skills of students and ensuring the maximum consideration of the creative and intellectual abilities, the development of linguistic and cultural abilities of students and understanding ideas about the "word" as a phenomenon of culture, communicative skills of a culture of dialogue.
- Social Studies and Humanities (lyceum class at Russian State University of Humanities)
Lyceum students study in-depth courses of the Russian language, Russian and foreign literature, Social Studies, national and universal History, the History of Russian culture, modern foreign languages (English, German, French). In the process of teaching, the students carry out project activities together with the teachers of the RSUH, have the opportunity to participate in student scientific conferences, master classes and other educational events held at the university.
- Scientific journalism (new profile)
The main idea of the profile class "Scientific journalism" is the development of skills and abilities related to the search, processing and presentation of information on popular science topics in various genres. Training in the profile class "Scientific journalism" assumes an in-depth study of the subjects of the Humanities and Science. Implementation of projects, research, participation in conferences and round tables. Students of the profile participate in the creation and maintenance of school projects such as school radio, school newspaper, school informal website, school media news, etc.
- Chemical and Biological
The school cooperates with companies, working in the sphere of medicine, biology, pharmacology, biochemistry for targeted professional guidance of students ("Pharmgeocom", etc.). Students actively participate in the network community of urban farmers (city-farming).