Media por­tal

Bringing digitalization into the classroom

The Siemens Stiftung operates a media portal, where teachers can obtain free teaching materials. However, the portal has so far lacked content focusing on key aspects of digitalization such as big data, algorithms and artificial intelligence. Such material is urgently needed in order to turn young people from passive users into responsible decision-makers.

The chal­lenge

Accord­ing to a res­o­lu­tion adopt­ed by the Ger­man Con­fer­ence of Min­is­ters of Edu­ca­tion and Cul­tur­al Affairs (KMK) at the end of 2016, deal­ing early with the sub­ject of dig­i­tal­iza­tion is part of schools’ edu­ca­tion­al man­date. The cur­ric­u­la and edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams in the var­i­ous fed­er­al states have there­fore long includ­ed numer­ous ref­er­ences to dig­i­tal­iza­tion-relat­ed top­ics, but there remains a lack of com­pre­hen­sive and diverse con­tent designed espe­cial­ly for schools.

Our approach

We have thus iden­ti­fied cur­rent top­ics of major soci­etal importance—big data algo­rithms, and arti­fi­cial intelligence—them, and have devel­oped didac­tic strate­gies for deal­ing with such com­plex issues in the form of a self-con­tained media pack­age. After all, in order to devel­op so-called dig­i­tal com­pe­tence, as man­dat­ed by the KMK, one must first under­stand the fundamentals.

The result

In the course of this year, the Siemens Stiftung will pub­lish three media pack­ages in its media por­tal as Open Edu­ca­tion­al Resources. The mate­ri­als explain the­ses top­ics both fun­da­men­tal­ly and in depth. They pro­vide students—and teachers—with a real-world, exam­ple-ori­ent­ed approach to the respec­tive sub­jects through texts, audio inter­views, explana­to­ry films, illus­tra­tions and graph­ics. The aim is not to sim­ply pro­vide infor­ma­tion, but rather to arouse curios­i­ty and the desire to engage with these issues.

The media pack­ages “Big Data” and “Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence” have already been pub­lished. More about them here.


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