Blackboard instead of tablet: According to a survey of students and parents, teachers often go back to the tried and tested
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The corona lockdowns are a thing of the past - and with them the digitization push in many schools, which has long been celebrated as one of the few positive side effects of the pandemic.
This is suggested by a survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute on behalf of the Telekom Foundation.
The institute surveyed 1,030 students between the ages of 10 and 16 and 502 parents from all over Germany.
Around a third of the children and young people surveyed stated that, with regard to the use of digital media, the lessons at their school take place “just like before Corona”.
Another 44 percent said that there were only "a few digital offers" at their school.
Positive impetus from the crisis fizzled out
It is "unfortunate that the positive impulses from the corona crisis have apparently not had a lasting effect on learning," comments Thomas de Maizière.
The former Minister of the Interior now heads the Telekom Foundation.
Many young people took with them a more practiced use of digital media, better self-organization and more independence in learning from the time of school closures and alternating lessons, said de Maizère.
»Now it has to be a question of anchoring all of this in a sustainable way.«
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According to the survey, children also learn less with digital offers at home.
In 2020, 23 percent of the students surveyed still used internet programs such as Sofatutor or Scoyo, but now only 17 percent do.
In the current survey, parents' attitudes towards digital learning materials corresponded to the situation before the pandemic: 46 percent of parents currently stated that computers and other digital media promoted the development of children, 13 percent were firmly convinced of the opposite.
Less worry about learning gaps
A positive result of the survey: Compared to the previous survey a year ago, significantly fewer children and young people are worried about learning gaps after the pandemic: 17 percent instead of 38 percent in 2021. Around every second person who says they have learning gaps is doing it today actively against it.
Almost two-thirds of the parents surveyed reported that their child's school offered opportunities to catch up, including additional tasks for self-study at home, extra tasks during class, special preparatory offers for work and exams, and remedial classes.
In the summer of 2021, the federal government made a total of two billion euros available to the federal states so that children and young people can make up for the school and social deficits from the pandemic.
The funding programs initially got off to a very slow start, partly because there was a lack of staff.