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.
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.
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.
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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