Hagen im Bremischen (Deutschland)/Brüssel | Corona has done it: digital forms of teaching are the order of the day everywhere. According to Unesco, around 900 million students are currently learning from home, because conventional school mediation is failing in 114 countries around the world. They are all now confronted with new forms of learning, such as lessons via chat and video conferencing, documentaries as streams or vocabulary tests via apps. Many of them for the first time. However, it is precisely under these conditions that different technical environments in the individual countries become apparent. Germany seems to be far behind in Europe. This is how education researcher Ludger Wößmann from the ifo Institute for Economic Demand describes the current situation: “There is a lack of technical equipment and often also of know-how”. During the Corona pandemic, schools would often limit themselves to sending assignments by post or e-mail. Germany would rank 27th in Europe in terms of digital forms of learning at school, putting it at the bottom of the league. Accordingly, there seems to be a great need for action in order not to fall behind and thus endanger Germany’s competitiveness. Especially since the students at home and later on their employers are already equipped with much more modern technology.
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