Press releases | Education 24.01.2012

Language-learning software, experiments, and content packages for interactive whiteboards

didacta 2012: Siemens Stiftung expands portfolio for teachers – in Hall 16, D19

The theme of the Siemens Stiftung at this year’s didacta education trade fair is “STEM – understanding, experiencing, comprehending” with a focus on language instruction and the natural sciences. At the event in Hanover from February 14 to 18, 2012, the foundation will present new teaching materials and methods in a digital format available on its online media portal. Available for the first time is KIKUS digital, the language-learning software tailored to the needs of today’s primary school language classes. Another highlight is the Experimento project, featuring experiments that illustrate a wide array of energy, environment, and healthcare topics. New content packages for interactive whiteboards round out the media portal’s offering. Teachers have the opportunity to attend live sessions at Booth D19 in Hall 16 for tips on how to systematically integrate language instruction, scientific experiments, and whiteboard projects.

The Siemens Stiftung believes that language is the key to academic success – with a focus on the STEM subjects from kindergarten to graduation. The foundation’s educational projects support teachers with language-learning programs, online teaching materials, innovative teaching methods that enable students to discover scientific phenomena, and advanced teacher training opportunities.

KIKUS digital: interactive language-learning software for primary schools
(available in German language only)

At didacta, the Siemens Stiftung will present the language development method KIKUS (“Children in Cultures and Languages”), evolved by the Zentrum für kindliche Mehrsprachigkeit e.V. (“Center for Multilingualism for Children”), in its new interactive format for whiteboard or PC. The application is available for free download from the Siemens Stiftung media portal. KIKUS digital is targeted at primary school instructors and language schools. The aim is to expand, vary, and modernize language instruction. KIKUS digital – available as an online or offline Windows application – makes language-learning fun with its playful approach to vocabulary training, sentence construction, and exercises for word formation and articles. The idea is to create a level playing field, promote intercultural understanding, and achieve integration. Digital picture cards make it possible to tailor the language instruction to each individual child, so that even children with a lesser command of the language of instruction can be actively involved and make progress. KIKUS digital is based on the tried and tested KIKUS teaching materials that help preschool and primary school children learn a first or second language.

Experimento – discover, explore, explain

The media portal also offers digital instructions for experiments and other materials such as worksheets and information sheets for the new Experimento project. The underlying concept of Experimento is that children best understand scientific phenomena through independent, discovery-oriented learning. Experimento encompasses a diverse, curriculum-oriented selection of experiments on the subjects of energy, the environment, and healthcare for the age groups 4–7, 8–12, and 10–18. Experimento encompasses step-by-step instructions and three experiment kits that build upon one another as well as teacher training. This part of the project is currently in the pilot phase in Chile and South Africa.

Media portal – register, download, use

The Siemens Stiftung media portal helps teachers prepare and present their lessons with over 3,000 teaching materials on scientific, technical, social, and cultural topics. At didacta, the media portal will present not only KIKUS digital and Experimento but a variety of content packages for interactive whiteboards designed for science instruction in primary and secondary schools. The child-friendly layout offers tips for teaching science and technology in primary schools, with topics such as globalization, nutrition, optical phenomena, and stochastics. For secondary schools, media and content packages for interactive whiteboards have been developed for topics such as the cycle of water and renewable energies. The media portal content has been developed by educators for educators in a well-organized, modular structure. The media can be customized to fit your own teaching approach and are adaptable to various age groups and academic subjects.

Go directly to the media portal of the Siemens Stiftung

Presentation and live sessions at Siemens Stiftung booth (Hall 16, D19)

KIKUS digital: Dr. Edgardis Garlin, who developed the KIKUS method, will outline how modern media can help systematically support language proficiency in a presentation to be held in the Convention Center on February 16 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Primary school teachers can also attend daily live demonstrations at the Siemens Stiftung booth, where they’ll learn how to use KIKUS digital on the computer or whiteboard.

Experimento: Selected chemistry and physics experiments for grades 9–12 will be performed live each day.

Media portal: Hands-on whiteboard workshops with selected content packages for primary and secondary schools will be held all day, every day.The presentation and live sessions are in German language.ENCOURAGE. empowering people. The Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges and is dedicated to the values of Werner von Siemens. Together with partners, the foundation designs and implements local and international projects with the aim of promoting individual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation is committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening of culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work.