No school goes away empty-handed at the 7th Dieter Schwarz Foundation School Prize, Academy for Innovative Education and Management Heilbronn-Franken non-profit GmbH, press release

At the ceremonial presentation of this year’s Dieter Schwarz Foundation school prize, which took place on Friday, March 25, 2022, from 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Heilbronn educational campus and was streamed online, eleven out of a total of 61 schools received awards for the media concept they had submitted in advance . The focus of the school prize competition was the topic “Challenges, opportunities and developments: the media concept in times of the pandemic”.

Nine schools accepted their prizes on site, and other representatives from all eleven schools were connected live. Between the laudations of the five-member jury, the multi-award-winning poetry slammer Nik Salsflausen delighted the approximately 100 spectators of the hybrid event, which was moderated by Carmen Hentschel.

Schools from North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig-Holstein occupy the first three places

The first prize, worth 30,000 euros, went to the Schiller school in Bochum. “The media didactic concept of this school had already undergone a very structured development in the years before the pandemic,” said Silke Lohmiller, Managing Director of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, in her laudatory speech in recognition of the high school’s contribution. “The school management itself describes the pandemic as a stress test for its media concept and the concept passed it.” With the prize money, the school intends to implement a new learning culture of hybrid and self-directed learning.

The Maria Sibylla Merian School in Wiesloch took second place. Her concept impressed the jury with the evidence of relevant, digital experiences and a school team spirit that made it possible to overcome the challenges in Corona times. “Within a very short time, suitable conditions were created for all children to be able to continue learning,” says Silke Lohmiller. The primary school received 25,000 euros for the further development of the concept.

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The Dannewerkschule from Schleswig took third place and convinced with its media concept that is based on the mutual support of both the teachers themselves and the students. “A major advantage of this concept is the fact that the teachers have their own digital devices that are only used for professional purposes,” says Tatjana Linke, Managing Director of the Academy for Innovative Education and Management Heilbronn-Franken non-profit GmbH the presentation of the prize endowed with 20,000 euros.

Tie: Three schools take 5th place

Instead of awarding a fourth, fifth and sixth place, the five-strong jury decided to award fifth place and thus 10,000 euros each three times: According to Dr. habil. Wolfgang Hansch, Managing Director of experimenta, “to turn a visionary view of teaching and school development into concrete projects.” The projects of the Zarduna School in Kirchzarten would combine “action orientation, career preparation, the acquisition and application of digital knowledge in an exemplary manner”. Berlin’s Nelson Mandela School has a convincing hybrid concept that also focuses on self-organized learning.

Recognition motivates implementation

Also this year, the jury awarded recognition prizes each worth 1000 euros: “All schools of different types and with very different challenges let us share their experiences and are characterized by particularly successful and already successful concepts or give an outlook on their plans”. , explains Professor Dr. Thomas Raith, Pedagogical

University of Freiburg. “The jury decided to honor this with recognition awards. With this she wants to encourage the schools that did not come in first place in this round to continue working on their concepts and maybe to be there again next time.”

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The recognition prizes went to the Carl Sonnenschein School in Iserlohn, the Kolping Technical School for Social Education in Stuttgart, the Freie Schule Wendland eV in Lüchow in Lower Saxony, the Heepen High School in Heepen and the Quinoa School in Berlin.


School prize 2022: The pandemic in view

This year’s competition was entitled “Challenges, opportunities and developments: the media concept in times of the pandemic” and thus focused on the challenges of the corona lockdown. A five-person jury evaluated the concepts as part of an online pitch in January 2022 according to standardized criteria and checked whether there was productive and cooperative media use in the sense of media didactics that activate students and whether the project was sustainable.

About the school prize of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation

Since 2011, the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, in cooperation with the Academy for Innovative Education and Management (aim), has been awarding the Dieter Schwarz Foundation School Prize for the best media concept. This is endowed with prize money totaling 100,000 euros and recognizes schools that provide a concept for the use of digital media in the teaching context. The focus of the concepts should be the support of the pupils as active and critical participants in a digital media society. The aim of the award is to encourage schools in their projects. The award ceremony takes place every two years. Further information at:

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