Press releases | Education 28.10.2013

How do you spell “pipette”? New version of language learning software KIKUS digital

New experiment-related picture cards in the language learning software KIKUS digital
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New version of language learning software KIKUS digital, with experimentrelated
picture cards, on the Siemens Stiftung´s media portal

Learning language as part of doing experiments in schools and preschools – KIKUS digital makes it possible. The latest version of KIKUS digital includes 24 digital picture cards from the Siemens Stiftung’s own Experimento educational project as well as a feedback feature and improved search and save options. The language learning software was jointly developed by the Siemens Stiftung and the Center for Multilingualism in Early Childhood (zkm). Educators have downloaded the interactive application or accessed online more than 3,700 times since it was first introduced. KIKUS digital is available in both English and German free of charge at the Siemens Stiftung´s media portal:

“The battery, the incandescent lamp, and the cable with alligator clips are on the table.” A sentence like this describing the content of picture cards could be the beginning of an experiment about simple electrical circuitry for preschool or primary school children. The digital picture cards that accompany the experiments make science vocabulary accessible: As with all the other 240 images from KIKUS digital, you can display the corresponding descriptions on the screen or write your own captions on the interactive whiteboard. Educators can use the cards not only to set up experiments but for all other language exercises – counting syllables, recognizing grammatical structures, etc.

“The underlying idea is to use experiments as a means of teaching language
while bolstering scientific understanding. Hands-on steps while experimenting – such as connecting the cable to the battery – make it easier for children to remember new vocabulary and start actively speaking sooner,” explains Dr. Barbara Filtzinger, Head of Working Area Education of the Siemens Stiftung. “With this approach we hope to enable comprehensive education – only students who understand the language can also comprehend the teaching content.” Additional digital experimentation picture cards are currently being integrated.

Other new features in KIKUS digital
The media portal website now features a feedback area that lets educators share their ideas and suggestions about KIKUS digital. They can also submit language exercises they have developed on their own to be shared with other users. Last but not least, the introductory video explaining the basics of using the interactive application and the “First Steps” folder are now also available in English.

KIKUS digital
is an interactive language learning software for English and German that offers education professionals a modern, systematic way to teaching language using a computer or whiteboard. The software is based on the tried-and-proven picture cards from the KIKUS language method. (KIKUS is a German acronym that stands for “children in cultures and languages.”) The aim is to make children aware of language through visual cues and play. KIKUS digital gives educators many creative countless creative opportunities to prompt speech for their children. The software also helps children acquire written language skills. The language learning software is a joint project of the Siemens Stiftung and the Center for Multilingualism in Children (zkm). LOKANDO AG is the partner responsible for technical implementation of the learning program. KIKUS digital is available free of charge on the Siemens Stiftung´s media portal, an online platform of digital teaching materials.
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The Center for Multilingualism in Children, an information and teaching forum dedicated to multilingual childhood education, is the sponsor of KIKUS. The Center emerged in late 2002 from the project “KIKUS – language instruction in German (+ first languages) for preschool and primary school children,” which has enjoyed great success in Munich and throughout the German speaking world since 1998. The “KIKUS English” department was established at this same time. The topics and materials have been constantly expanded since this time with advanced teacher training, KIKUS teacher and student materials, and much more.
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