Medieval IT are home-made problems in schools...

90 Procent of teachers use the Internet for teaching and want WLAN hotspots for schools


Today, young people grow up in households with a significantly wider range of media offerings than beforeSmartphones, computers or laptops, as well as televisions and Internet access are available in all families. 58% of families have a tablet computer, which represents a significant increase compared to the previous year (2014: 48T). The young people themselves also have a diverse media portfolio. Practically every 12 to 19 year old has a telephone with internet access (98 %)92 percent have a smartphone and three quarters are able to use online services with an internet flat rate. A good three quarters of teenagers have their own computer or laptop. Almost two thirds have their own television (57 percent). A good half of them have a radio (54 percent) in their own room, and half of the young people also have a games console. 47 percent have their own digital camera and now almost a third (29 percent) of young people aged between 12 and 19 have their own tablet PC.


According to a survey by Teachers' union VBE The IT equipment in German schools is medieval! This statement must be put into perspective, as 77 percent of teachers have access to a work computer, although it is usually a single computer in the teachers' room. 22 percent do not have access, but 90 percent of teachers use digital material for their lessons.
The preparation and follow-up of lessons is mostly carried out using private devices. There is no work computer. The teachers acquire computer skills themselves, as there is often not enough money for IT staff. The VBE has been calling for years for politicians to invest more money in digital school equipment. This includes as basic technology WLAN hotspots for mobile access to the Internet and digital learning materials such as moodle.


According to the survey by the teachers' union, only one in 100 percent of all schools have a set of tablet computers or smartphones. 87 percent confirm that there are no digital devices for teaching at all and certainly no WiFi for the school. This is grossly negligent. The situation is similar with the staff, as there is virtually no support from IT specialists or IT support from appropriate IT employees.


Bitkom Vice President Achim Berg says: “The students help themselves. Their tablets and smartphones often have many times the computing power of the aging 'computer rooms' in our schools. The gap between private IT equipment and school equipment is wideningWe need a digital agenda for schools.” Letting students use their own devices would be the solution to the 1TP17 problem.


The introduction of a digital infrastructure in the form of mobile Internet through WLAN hotspots in schools brings many advantages.

      • The analogue teaching material is often outdated and teachers can supplement the material with more current information
      • Students are significantly more motivated through the use of smartphones, computers and the Internet
      • Teachers can better demonstrate connections between content
      • The digital classroom makes it possible to respond more individually to individual students
      • The cooperation between student and teacher beyond the classroom is encouraged
      • Students increase their media literacy and can better assess offers
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