@ SchoolForum on Technology & Learning Trends, Berlin

| November 30, 2011 | 0 Comments 

The 3rd Berlin Forum on Technology & Learning Trends for Schools, titled Learning with Digital Media.

The School Forum has become the dedicated pre-conference event for teachers attending Online Educa Berlin. It is a platform for teachers, headmasters and experts from the world of technology and learning, to experience a combination of thought-provoking speeches and discussions, and a range of interactive demonstrations about useful and fun tools, projects and resources for teaching. Find the programme here.

We delivered a keynote talk, alongside Dr. Katja Kantelberg, expert in didactics and school education; and Wolfgang Willburger, Europaschule Hall, Austria, creator of the project “digital school bag”.

Our session was about the potential of games based learning. We explored how virtual worlds, with their stunning landscapes, peaceful characters and realistic challenges, can be used across subject areas, abilities and age ranges, with remarkable effects: developing speaking, listening.

After showing some of the powerful effects of using games, many useful Web2 tools and software (most of it free), hand-held devices and more, we showed that it comes alive in the hands of an imaginative teacher -investigating a way of teaching, where quality learning is the focus rather than the latest gadget; ‘what is said, rather than what is used to say it’.  Here, though, are some of the links we mentioned.

Dr. Katja Kantelberg is a graduate teacher and media psychologist. She founded and ran one of Germany’s largest educational publishers, then became managing director of an educational consultancy in Switzerland and is currently active in the areas of consulting, training and coaching. Her presentation was entitled “Development of learning cultures”.

As an education professional, media psychologist and specialist in didactics Katja also has many years’ experience in teaching. She is a proven blended learning specialist and educational marketing expert with a keen eye for trends and is intensely devoted to her favorite subjects: future-oriented leadership skills, learning systems and cultural development of unusually-effective learning scenarios.

Wolfgang Willburger from the Europahauptschule in Hall, Austria, is responsible for launching the “Digitale Schultasche” (digital schoolbag) project, among others. His reflections on the day-to-day structure of lessons also provide food for thought. During his years spent teaching mathematics, physics, chemistry and IT, Willburger constantly found himself asking questions such as “How can the pace of lessons be adapted to the speeds at which students learn?” and “How can students that miss school due to illness still get hold of the teaching materials?” His idea was to create and make use of digital teaching materials, as well as to manage his lesson preparation and notes efficiently and make them available quickly – in short, to develop real e-content.

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