The 5th SCHOOL FORUM BERLIN
Digital support for the classroom
The ‘flipped classroom’ differs from the traditional model in many respects. In the flipped classroom, the students first study topics by themselves at home. In the classroom, the pupils then try to apply the knowledge by solving problems, doing practical work or initiating discussions.
Prof. Christian Spannagel of the Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg described this method and its useful applications in his keynote speech at the 5th School Forum, and laid the foundations for a far-ranging debate on teaching methods and the use of technology in schools. Peter Kosak, headmaster of the Maria-Ward-Gymnasium Augsburg also addressed the change in teaching style that accompanies mobile learning as he described his experiences with an iPad class. His engaging speech raised great interest among more than 200 participating teachers and headmasters.
Jürgen Schlieszeit then introduced a broader range of concrete uses for tablets, smartboards and smartphones in the classroom, sharing a plethora of helpful tips and tricks to make teachers' lives easier with modern tools. Benjamin Hertz, speaking for the European Schoolnet, which works in co-operation with NEC Display Solutions, confirmed and complemented his fellow speakers' experiences.
The programme was completed by the ELIG schools project we.learn.it, with a panel discussion by project representatives such as Pedro May, teacher at the Realschule Traunreit, who spoke about the elaborate international China-Russia Climate Project, and Annika Zylka, who spoke about the aims and methods of the ROCK YOUR LIFE! Academy.
Participation in the School Forum is officially recognised as teacher training.
Find pictures of the 5th School Forum in our media gallery.
The 6th School Forum will take place on December 3rd, 2014. Registration starts soon!