Cloud services application in project activities for students of pedagogical universities.
The problem of cloud services integration in project activity for students of pedagogical universities has been considered in the article. The experience of cloud services and project activity combination in teaching “Mathematical Statistics” and “Modern Information Technologies” for the students of psychological and pedagogical faculty of PNPU named after V. H. Korolenko obtaining “Psychology” training has been described. It has been determined that the best way to train students to work with the latest information and communication technologies is to introduce these technologies into the educational process. The analysis of the best practices and our own experience in the use of cloud services in university has showed that information and communication technologies give the possibility for students to organize their project activity and significantly increase the learning potential of the project method. Didactic opportunities of project method as a form of independent work based on cloud services have been presented. The stages of the group research project while studying “Mathematical statistics” (e.g. identifying the problem and formulating research theme; finding out the status of definite problem, statistical analysis of experimental data; generalization of research results; presentation of group project and its evaluation) have been characterized as well as its effectiveness in the context of the basic concepts of descriptive statistics and practical skills development to collect and process data of experimental psychological research with Google Apps: forms (online questionnaires, tests), Google sheets. The possibilities of information and telecommunication project while studying IT disciplines as the effective means of information and communication competence formation for the future professionals have been considered. The course “Modern Information Technologies” for psychologists has described the tutor’s coordination concerning information and telecommunication projects implementation; indicative tasks for information and telecommunication projects using cloud services have been given. It has been found out that the combination of cloud and project technologies while studying mathematics and IT sciences for students of liberal arts simplifies understanding and assimilation of subjects content, forms subject and IT competence, capability of innovative activity, develops creative and research skills as well as critical thinking and flexibility, promotes communicative activity.
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