Fair with a focus on digital education

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Pedagogical University of Lower Austria co-designs the educational program of the “Interpädagogica” trade fair

Vienna/Baden (pts002/05/14/2022/13:35) – Opening speaker Rector Erwin Rauscher on the question of whether the digital school can move mountains: “Digital education is not about moving mountains, but about climbing mountains. And that requires a hunger for discovery.”

Around 180 exhibitors from Germany and abroad will be offering a comprehensive overview of innovations, developments and trends in the education market at “Interpädagogica” until tonight, as well as a wide range of opportunities to exchange experiences and opinions. 70 forums, lectures, discussions and workshops and two specialist conferences are on the program over the three days of the fair.

At the start on Thursday, the rector of the Lower Austria University of Education, Erwin Rauscher, will address the question of whether the digital school can move mountains and discuss his thoughts on the federal government’s 8-point plan for the digitization of education: “The eight points mentioned are aids to the Climbing mountains that we call education. The mountain peaks have remained the same educational goals: judgment, personality development, autonomy and respect, responsibility for the environment as a fellow world, sustainability for the non-world as a non-world.” The ministerial 8-point plan does not bring any software systems that replace teachers, but algorithms to strengthen human agency.

“Don’t play tradition and innovation off against each other”

With a broadening of perspectives regarding learning and teaching in the digital space, Rauscher is also approaching the topic on the second day of the fair at the opening of the infrastructure conference. He outlines eight points for the way to school in the digital society. One of his core messages is not to play off tradition and innovation against each other. This is rhetorically appealing, but factually wrong: “Anyone who wants to change, who converts and relates, not only has to know what and how, he should also know where from, in order to have a say in where to go.”

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The great alpha of school education is tradition as the cosmos of world literature. Her alphabet is networked learning in contexts, in causes and effects. Not just absorbing or absorbing content, but also asking about causes and reasons. The big omega is the future: “They anticipate, develop, help shape it. We don’t need students who are fit for the future, but those who are able and willing to share responsibility for shaping the future.”

From “Nike Didactics” to “Bramac Didactics”

Finally, the opportunities and challenges of the 8-point plan for digital teaching are also the subject of a discussion with experts on Friday. In addition to the questions about equipping the schools with devices, the focus is primarily on the specific lessons with them. It is about the teachers bringing the device initiative to life in the classroom, says director Wolfgang Faber from the federal high school in Perchtoldsdorf and teacher at the PH Lower Austria.

His colleague at the university, media pedagogue Gerhard Brandhofer, recognizes a necessary paradigm shift: the awareness that digital media can be used in every subject and not just in the newly created subject “digital basic education”. With a diverse training, further education and further training program, the teacher training colleges are working to ensure that teachers when teaching with digital media “move from Nike didactics, i.e. ‘Just do it’ to Bramac didactics, i.e. ‘Everything is well thought out ‘” says Brandhofer.

Workshop in the specialist program “mBot – jack of all trades for coding, marketing and robotics”

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The PH Lower Austria also makes a contribution to the specialist programme: in a workshop on Thursday, robotics expert Oliver Kastner-Hauler will present the mBot, a small, moving robot that is easy to program. Equipped with various sensors and actuators and controllable via app, the first experiences with coding can be made in a playful way. “For today’s youth, this is an important central component of basic digital education,” says Kastner-Hauler.

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