Assignment #1: „What does digitization mean for our private and school life?“
Digitization is present in almost all areas of life in our society. New technologies change the way we handel school and private life. Through the use of digital products and applications we save time:
Household robots can be helpful when vacuuming, wiping or mowing the lawn. Digital shopping lists like (WUNDERLIST) with access for all members of the household and online ordering services (PICNIC) with flexible delivery times or personal pick-up in the nearest supermarket save us time and long checkout lines.
The way to get from place to place can be optimized by a software for traffic-dependent route planning (almost) in real time. We can find out the best departure time based on calendar entries and current traffic situation by digital assistants for example with a navigation system in the car.
If we want to find out opening hours we can quickly check online and if we would like to set up an appointment with a doctor we often arrange appointments online. In the future we will simply attend video calls with the doctor when we are not feeling well.
Anyway, there are so many ways we are saving time which we can now spend otherwise.
The use of digital media in the classrooms makes sense, because it arouses the interest of the students and can usually convey the facts better. We can quickly get all the information that we need and move on faster. Again, we saved time.
However, in Germany not every school uses the same level of technology. In fact, some are not advanced at all. Some schools don’t even have WLAN access yet. Luckily my school is very advanced. We are regularly using iPads for projects and presentations.
Change is coming nationwide because, on March 15th, 2019 the Federal Council’s approved a 5.5 billion contribution for the digital infrastructure of schools in Germany.
I am curious to find out how advanced the Netherlands are. I heard that in the Netherlands more and more „Steve Jobs schools“ are emerging. Each child learns independently on the computer and becomes master of his own school day.