Digital education

Stefan Schmid (Director of the Virtual Pedagogical College), Gernot Pagger (Managing Director IV-Steiermark), Elisabeth Meixner (President Landesschulrat for Styria), Markus Toaschitz (Vice President HR, AVL List GmbH), (Jörg Dräger (Member of the Board) Bertelsmann Stiftung), Alexander Tessmar-Pfohl (educational spokesman on the board of IV-Styria), Heidrun Messner (Head of Information Technology and Media at BMB), Wilfried Reichart (Head VS Tieschen)

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DigiTALENTE Styria – The school of the future is digital

Digitization in the classroom allows individual learning processes and more learning. From the point of view of the Styrian Industrial Federation (IV), there is the chance to create tailor-made courses for each student. The event “digiTALENTE Styria – The Role of the Teachers in the School of the Future”, IV-Styria invited to the Grazer List-Halle on 23 May, was marked by a digital educational revolution.

Potential of digitalisation

The Megatrend digitization means not only a change in the world of production but also affects social life and education. Jörg Dräger, member of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Board of Directors emphasized: “We must actively promote digitalisation and put it in the service of education. If this succeeds, it has the greatest potential to meet the main concerns, such as the right to justice or individualization. “Dräger and the IV see an important first step for Styria in a broadband connection of all schools. However, digitalization in the field of education must not be misunderstood as a pure infrastructure measure. The right hardware plays only a subordinate role, is Alexander Tessmar-Pfohl, educational spokesman on the board of the IV-Styria sure: “Digitization in the school does not mean to replace notebooks by laptops or head calculators by computer games. Digitization at school means, to introduce individual learning processes with the help of new pedagogical concepts and tools. ”

Positive access of the teachers

“Would it not be nice if a student gets the mathematics homework that corresponds to his learning progress? The pedagogue receives a direct feedback, whether everyone in the class can keep pace, need to catch up, or is ready for something new? ” Markus Tomaschitz, Vice President HR, AVL List GmbH asks. From the point of view of industry, digital teaching and learning methods offer a unique opportunity to meet the challenges of increasing diversity in the classroom. However, a prerequisite for a successful implementation is the opportunity-oriented access of educators and the willingness to redefine their own role as teachers.

Styrians as digiTALENTE

The role of the teachers in the school of the future develops from the “knowledge monopoly” to the companion and coach. Examples of this are the “flipped classrooms”. At home, students are able to acquire knowledge about learning videos, the lessons learned are applied and deepened in the classroom. “The method is efficient, fun and allows a high degree of individuality. Teachers have more time for the essentials, namely the accompaniment of pupils, “says Stefan Schmid, director of the Virtual Pedagogical College and initiator of Flipped Classroom Austria. Currently, 30,000 educators are educated at the Virtual Pedagogical College in Austria. Other schools use learning apps that provide direct feedback to the educators for language teaching. Smartphones are used in upper level classes to give physics lessons a new pedagogical dynamics.