School for digital natives – How can app, laptop, tablet and smartphone digitalise learning and communication?

As students, you use digital media and devices in your everyday life as a matter of course. Whether it is for communicating with friends, for organising and asserting your interests (e.g. Fridays for Future) or for learning. No paper or homework is conceivable without googling or downloading things from the internet. And all this is not only possible with a stationary PC in a school computer room, but with mobile phones and the like, anytime and anywhere. You are digital natives because you are the first generation to grow up with mobile devices and permanent access to the internet and thus information that can be accessed anytime and anywhere.
But schools still lag far behind this standard. The Corona pandemic in particular has shown us in the last one and a half year how the institution of school is sometimes frighteningly out of touch with these digital possibilities. You are the experts and can show how not only mobile devices but also new media can be integrated into everyday school life to make learning and teaching more mobile, more digital and always and everywhere accessible for everyone! It is not a question of equipping all pupils with laptops and tablets or working in class on a smartboard instead of a blackboard. Rather, it is a question of how modern, digital media can be integrated into everyday school life? How your digital skills and life after school can also be used during school.

How can mobile and digital devices simplify everyday school life and learning?
How can apps be used for teaching and learning and what must they be able to do?
How can apps organise everyday school life?

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Räume erschliessen mit einem Smartphone im Sachunterricht an einer Grundschule Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen (2021) https://www.medienpaed.com/article/download/733/976

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Scientific Partner

Fraunhofer IAO

Supporting Researcher

Karolina Mizera

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Karolina Mizera studied lectureship in Hildesheim and educational management at the TU Berlin. At the Center for Responsible Research and Innovation of the Fraunhofer IAO, she researches and works on innovation processes and how work cultures affect them. She develops and designs customised workshop formats that form the basis of change processes in organisations.