With five billion euros for the “digital Pact#D” wants to put the Federal government in the schools by 2022, digital. However, in Germany there is not even consensus on whether and how the teaching should be designed. This is the result of the “Monitor digital education” of the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2017. Only ten percent of the surveyed teachers used a learning-Apps or learning games in the classroom. Only one in four teachers believed that digital media will have a positive impact on the learning success of the students.

In the Netherlands, everything is different: The technical infrastructure is given up in the last corner. The managers are willing to take money for the digital upgrading of the schools in the Hand. And the younger teachers have no fear in front of media that everyone uses. Laptop and educational software are already at the elementary school to the everyday life. FOL, 14 countries, 14 Reporter – solutions, which can be for our society as a model

FOCUS Online launches a new and constructive Reportage series. The target: perspectives for Germany’s social and societal future. What other countries do better and what you can learn Germany from international models? To find answers, travel 14 FOCUS-Online-a Reporter in 14 different countries.

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Also from the mistakes of other countries, you can learn

Sometimes, the digitization of euphoria shoots, however, beyond the objective. And so in the country that has failed is known for his experimentation in education, the fully digitized school with a Bang. The example of the “Steve Jobs schools” shows that you can’t take new paths at a gallop, otherwise it flies quickly from the curve.

It was a remarkable Start, the Maurice de Hond 2013 “Steve Jobs schools” Doc. The prominent pollster wanted an “other” primary school for his daughter, and took advantage of a special feature of the Dutch education system: Every citizen can establish a school and self-selected methods of teaching – if he reaches the by the Ministry of education prescribed learning outcomes.

An iPad instead of reading a book, folder, and pencils

The Dutchman was purely to programs on the computer-based, personalized Learning in your own pace, time in school, occasionally at home, with teaching as Workshops in areas that should have nothing to do with class rooms, and teachers who call themselves “Coaches”. You should assist the students in their self-chosen knowledge acquisition via a Laptop rather than a guide. With English already the four-year ABC should be doing-Protecting acquaintance – the other Dutch “basis scholen practice, however,”.

Hundreds of schools with the name of de Hond admired Apple founder, it should be up in 2016 in the Netherlands. Abroad the concept of “O4NT”, the “education for a new time should be exported”,. Today, little more iPad-schools are no more left, the name “Steve Jobs” to carry you for a long time. “O4NT” with its teaching concept and the associated Software, is insolvent, Maurice de Hond is silent. To the requests of the FOCUS Online there was no reaction.

Enthusiastic teachers, skeptical parents

Initially, many teachers were from the principle of individual digital learning, very impressed. Education researcher, Guuske Ledoux, University of Amsterdam, said in an interview with FOCUS Online: “Basically, it is a good approach that children should learn at their own pace. And the iPad-schools have received much encouragement from the teacher. However, the mistrust of many parents towards the purely digital Learning is very large.“

as in the case of taxi driver, Wim van Zanden from Hilversum. He told us on a journey through the province, that he has just signed his four-year-old daughter to school. “We have looked at some of the Montessori school my wife and I liked best.” He had seen searching for a school where the teaching takes place in digital form. “Imagine the time, only Computer, no books. This is crazy.“ Apple/FOL Laptops in Holland, of course, to class – but not as the only teaching medium

On the Steve-Jobs-schools decreased the performance

the Maurice de Hond himself saw his schools as a modern Version of the idea of Maria Montessori. The self-determined Work on the Laptop should not motivate the students, but also improve performance and even social disadvantage can be offset. As far as the hope.

Today, the supporters of the digitization of back rowing. The Steve-Jobs-schools of Maurice de Hond are considered to be failed. Less on the media Laptop as on the principle of fully self-directed learning. Basic knowledge and skills were neglected. Children who switched to other schools, and afterwards were of their group.

The Amsterdam school book publishers Arjen Holl observed that “digital Learning is on the increase, but significantly slower than ten years ago predicted. There are financial limits, but also educational.“ Many schools do not have the money to buy all the students Laptops or the high cost for IT lift Support.

Only in math benefited from the Computer-Learning

Joost Mejer from the Kohnstamm Institute of the University of Amsterdam that deals with the effects of digital learning, says: “We have found that the digital-Learning was, alone, in mathematics, a boost in motivation, but not in other subjects.”

Particularly serious: the quality of The Steve-Jobs-after leaving schools altogether, so that the inspectors from the school authority have been called in on the Plan. To a school that is monitored by the state “” and a bad Ranking gets sent but no one is his child.

Hardly students and a lot too expensive

And so some schools were not found enough students to keep them on the Run. The state funding depends primarily on the number of students. At the same time, with the “O4NT”concept associated Software was always more expensive, which blew up the Budget of the schools. One after the other returned to previous teaching methods or selected teaching approaches, in which the Laptop is integrated, but not the dominant Medium.

by the Way: Steve Jobs himself is said to have explicitly spoken out against iPads in the classroom. From the Netherlands to learn: 10 things, the run of Holland’s schools better than us,

in order To fit for the future, needs to invest in Germany in training – everyone agrees. It could learn from other countries. Our Dutch neighbours have implemented in the primary schools are already things that also demand a lot of German education experts as necessary reforms.

The elementary school starts early, from the age of four. The differentiation is carried out only after eight years of learning together with twelve.Parents have free school choice, regardless of the address.The teaching begins only at 8.30 and end at 14.30 or 15.00. Homework there is not.Almost all of the schools are financed by the state, the private carrier.Each school is free, after which method you want to address.The Ministry of education gives a country-wide common learning outcomes, as well as the Tests, which retrieve. The most important of the “Cito”Test is done at the end of primary school.It is not only the teacher to decide on the further school career, but their assessment plus the Cito-Test.There is no teacher-officers. Teachers are applying for, where you want. Schools, whom they want to.School practice from the first day of teacher training. Holland the country has the perfect infrastructure for digital Learning. The schools are mostly equipped with all the necessary hardware and Software. Teachers also use them.

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