A few days ago I read on heise-online a great article with the headline “School analysis on digital media: better performance not proven”. The article discusses an expert opinion commissioned by the Philologenverband NRW.

I don’t want to go too deeply into every point and every quote in the article here, but I had to read up again afterwards very carefully on who is actually behind the German Philologists’ Association. On their website you can find the following:“The German Philologists’ Association is the nationwide interest group of teachers at educational institutions preparing for the Abitur.”

To commission a study at all on the question of whether there is learning success through digital media shows that something has been massively misunderstood here.

My favorite comment on heise-online about this from Wachstumsbremse is: “Learning faster with computers is like marathon training in a car”. I think that’s very apt, because one doesn’t really have anything to do with the other.

Apparently, fears of “the digital” are so great that people don’t want to deal with it at all and want to nip the necessary digital education in schools in the bud.

We believe that fears here are completely unfounded. Let’s see if we can alleviate some fears with this post.

What do we need?

It all starts with the often misunderstood term“digital media. How can my tablet help improve learning?

If I have to fill in a cloze on paper, the learning effect does not change in any way just because I now fill in the cloze on my tablet.

What we need is a real digital transformation of learning content so that the benefits of the digital world are properly exploited.

Digital education in schools can have so many benefits, if only they are finally recognized. For example, students could make good use of time when teachers are sick with the help of digital media. At least as long as meaningful offers are made. A teacher cannot be replaced, but they can be digitally supported and so can the students.
Here, the students conquer a field in which they can also often exercise and gain self-confidence in their free time. For example, when they can show their classmates something new.

In which profession are digital media not used these days? It must go without saying that students must be prepared for the real world here.

Yes, the perfect solution for digital education transformation isn’t here yet, but let’s finally start creating it. No one needs expert opinions that make absolutely no sense.

Digital media are great!

To anyone who still has fears about the digital world now, we say “Digital media is great!” The benefits must be recognized and a transformation of digital education must take place.

We are also happy to offer teachers the appropriate workshop for this and the German Philologists’ Association may of course also contact us if they are really interested in going in the only direction we need to go as soon as possible. Away with all the fears, towards real digital education!