News | Education 29.02.2016

ZukunftsLab #digitaleBildung: “Start listening to us properly at last!”

zukunftslab digital education discussion
The youngsters aged between 13 and 20 share their visions on the subject of digital education.

How do young people learn in the digital era? And what is important to them as part of digital education? Siemens Stiftung, Körber-Stiftung and the foundation “Little Scientists’ House” asked those very questions on behalf of the National STEM Forum. More than 50 youngsters from all over Germany responded at the youth conference “ZukunftsLab #digitaleBildung.” Their key demand: “Start listening to us properly at last!”

"Be open, voice everything that bothers you, what you demand or what you wanted to see improved and encouraged in teaching and the education system,” stressed Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director and spokesperson of the Siemens Stiftung, at the start of the conference in Berlin on February 20, 2016.

Do digital media make people intolerant? What will training and education of the future look like with digital media? And: Are teachers actually ready for the digital transformation? The youngsters aged between 13 and 20 had just one today to organize themselves into small groups, share their visions on the subject of digital education, formulate demands, agree on the key messages and put their results into digital form.

Of the seven groups, six chose the video as a format, while group seven created a Storify out of texts, photos and a short video. The participants have published all the results on the website of ZukunftsLab #digitaleBildung: ylk16.de (only in German).

Representatives of the youngsters will also present the main demands of ZukunftsLab #digitaleBildung at the 4th National STEM Summit on June 2, 2016 – to German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, among others.