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Zurich makes with Tablets in school

3292, the number is the first step in the digital future of Zurich's schools. 3292 Tablets the office of education of Zurich has, in the past summer vacation, to all 5. Classes of the city delivered. 21 in Alessia Meier's class in the school house Chriesiweg in Altstetten.

The pupils sit on this December morning, at their desks. In front of each child a black device is located, each is written with the child's name. "A log in the advent calendar. Five minutes you have time for the job," says teacher Meier. All open the Tablet, reject the screen to the stand. It applies to geometric figures, the corresponding concepts. The class supports the device, as if she had never done anything else.

"the Tablet," says Meier. The five minutes are up. All obey. Meier later said, the children are highly motivated if they can work with the Tablets. You don't say it, but you can feel: she is Also highly motivated.

Since the introduction of curriculum 21 in August, all fifth-graders and fifth-graders in the Canton of Zurich a lesson on "media and Informatics" per week. The new branch includes, in addition to the media client to Work with a digital device – ranging from everyday applications to the program. In addition, the device is to be used in other subjects. The city of Zurich has decided that each child should work with a personal device. The acquisition cost for the 12-inch Windows Tablets with case amounted to 2.8 million Swiss francs, or 848 francs the piece.

removals challenge

The delivery of the Tablets was, according to the Department of education is not a Problem. But: "The numerous removals of the families were a big challenge," says Andi Hess, head of ICT. 220 mutations has seen the office since the summer holidays. Damages, losses or thefts of equipment are hardly occurred. Some schools have celebrated the Delivery of the devices with a ceremony. Teacher, Meier waited for the parents evening after the summer holidays, until they began to work with the Tablets. "I was afraid the parents were skeptical." You joined on. It was agreed that the device will be treated like a school book. The only exception to this: you Want to take the pupils to the device home, it needs to allow for the teacher.

On the wall plaque at the Chriesiweg the topic of the lesson: Search and Find is with chalk. Meier asks in the round, what was meant by that. Arms fast. "Something on Google, enter," says Maurus. The class discussed how you arrived via search engine to obtain information quickly. Many of you know: keywords meet often. The teacher hangs a poster on the Board. "What about the weather tomorrow in Zurich?" . The children lift up your devices again. Music is heard, then a voice. Two girls giggle. After the sounds from all corners of the room the same music. To inform "about a weather broadcast, is also good," says Alessia Meier, laughs, and granted then a further order.

before the summer holidays, young teacher, Meier would not have to trust these lessons. She was one of the many cantonal 5.-Class-teachers, were formed at the beginning of the school year. The demand was too great. Who is allowed to attend the training course at the Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich (PHZH), is decided by the school management. She coordinates the Canton of allocated training places. Since the autumn of Meier's turn.

The introduction of the subject "media and Informatics" was for the PHZH is a challenge. They had to increase the offer of Foundation courses. In the last school year, they offered 35 courses, currently there are 55. Up to 2021 should be formed instead of 1900 to about 3200 teachers and teaching entitled. Starting in the fall semester of 2019, the tray is for all aspiring primary school teacher is mandatory. The course lasts for seven and a half days to the learning phase of approximately 60 hours.

For Alessia Meier had already the first course day helpful. "The teaching tips in the classroom easy to implement." She praises the new curriculum was tailored to the learning level of the students. "The Tablet is a valuable addition in the classroom, the students on all learning levels is enough fabric," she says. The teacher uses the device in the teaching of French, with the students to craft ideas, or have them take pictures. She regularly exercises also write the keyboard. The Tablet is but not always on the console. "We put it away like any other school book."

Sometimes the teachers complain that you do not have a large technical effort, if a device something working. Critical voices speak of the Relationship nonsense, the students with digital devices to equip, but the infrastructure in the school rooms, not to retrofit, for example, with projectors.

battery Problem

The procurement of the ICT infrastructure located in the territories of the municipalities of the Canton of recommendation. And it's not in all the municipalities in the Canton of Standard, on a child a Tablet comes. In Winterthur, for instance, a Laptop comes in four students. Type has recently approved a loan for the procurement of 1000 Laptops (920 Swiss francs per piece). In the municipality of Bäretswil personal Tablets are already in the second year. The Department of education Zurich, many municipalities and other Swiss cities have already knocking. ICT-head of Andi Hess says: "are you interested in the Tablets and inquire about the exact planning right up to delivery."

In sid Meier's classroom Kajinth works on the console and says: "The Tablet has so many features that I have not known before." The 3-D drawing program he likes. Student Erona finds the work on the Tablet, "cool", you have already tried Powerpoint or a letter in the Word written. It was easier than doing it by Hand. Only little children complain about the Tablet: The battery is too fast empty. Erona wants to develop therefore later on a Tablet with infinite battery. A girl rushes with the device under the Arm to the loading station, closes it and works on the ground. A Boy to do it to her. Each student is responsible that his unit is charged. In some schools, the fuse jumped out, all at the same time your devices charged. In such cases, the lines were strengthened.

And finally, a Quiz

With a balance-sheet for the introduction of the Zurich office of education to wait. Currently, an external company is investigating the use of Tablets in the classroom. In summer all 5 in turn. Classes with Tablets equipped. 3000 new devices. This, in turn, will cost just under 3 million francs. By 2022, around 7700 devices are to be in circulation.

With a Quiz for the upcoming test on the blood circulation teacher Alessia Meier finished the lesson. She turns on the projector. Anyone who has logged in, a message appears on the screen. "I call myself a Black Panther," calling a Boy in the round. Again, it's about time. After five questions on the topic of blood circulation of a obenaus: Black Panther swings. He strikes with the fists on the chest.


Created: 10.12.2018, 20:46 PM

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