In the Education Booster you define three packages of measures for the fastest and easiest possible implementation. The first deals with tools and infrastructure, the second with methods and formats, and the third with content and educational partners. What makes you feel confident that structured, efficient online teaching will be possible quickly?
Rupert Schäfer: First of all, one thing is important to explain about the packages of measures: We are not interested in turning the German education system inside out and telling teachers how they should conduct their lessons. That would be presumptuous and is far beyond our competence. We are interested in sharing the knowledge we have acquired over the years about digital forms of collaboration in business, presenting methods and using quick fixes to create the ability to act. Because that seems to be what is lacking the most at the moment. In other words: What tools are there and how can I integrate them into my teaching? By answering these questions, we want to help teachers to at least maintain the basics of their lessons virtually.
Marian Sander: To this end, we have first of all listed tools in our packages of measures that are easy to implement, easy to use and, above all, available free of charge or at low cost. In this way, not only teachers, but also students and parents can benefit directly. And since these tools have proven themselves in our everyday work with companies from the business world, we can also say with certainty that they can be applied pragmatically.
In addition to the proposed action packages, Nunatak offers a three-week webinar series in the Education Booster. Which target groups is the format aimed at?
Marian Sander: In principle, anyone can register – the webinars are free of charge. In terms of content, the main aim is to deepen the use of the Education Booster tools. Our focus is on teachers. But of course, students are also allowed to acquire knowledge and take what they have learned into their schools themselves. The same applies to parents who are currently more involved in their children’s homeschooling and would like to support them in using such tools. Finally, we also aim to develop a common image: What can we – as teachers, as students and as parents – do to make sure that the lessons work in the best virtual way possible?
Which contents should be especially deepened in the webinars? And where do you expect the greatest need for action?
Marian Sander: First of all, we address the most pressing problems of many teachers: How can the current one-on-one communication be replaced by a variant that allows teachers to reach all students more easily and efficiently? How can individual homework meetings be bundled? How can a virtual school lesson be mapped? And how can I provide my students with suitable teaching and learning materials?
In a second, more advanced step, the focus will then be on how parts of common teaching methods can also be depicted in the digital space. For example, how can I integrate something like a virtual blackboard within a digital environment like Google Hangouts?
What are the next steps? How do you make your Education Booster so public that it can be used everywhere?
Rupert Schäfer: Fortunately, we have a strong partner on our side when it comes to distribution. Thanks to its large network, the association Digitale Stadt München e.V. will be playing a leading role in the dissemination within our home city and the Munich metropolitan area. Of course, we also draw attention to the publication with the help of our digital channels. And since we offer our webinar free of charge to an unlimited number of participants, we are confident that we will reach many people with it.