Our school is a vocational high school in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg that prepares students for either their future careers or for higher education. It is part of a technical school complex. 120 teachers take care of 1470 students.
Heilbronn is a city with about 118.000 citizens, located 50 km north of Stuttgart. The city is part of the economically strong metropolitan area Stuttgart.
Our school offers various training courses, preparing the students for all possible degrees:
In vocational preparatory classes students are trained for the lower secondary degree. At the beginning of this school year a class of refugees has been established in this section, which supports students in developing German language skills and the integration process.
Furthermore we qualify students in Dual Vocational Training Courses in various occupational areas such as media design, constructional engineering, carpentry and hairdressing. In addition to that plasterers may attend our school for master craftspeople and prepare for their master exam. Due to the Dual Vocational Training system in Germany, our school is closely connected with all companies providing training, such as Audi.
Our College for Technology provides the opportunity for our students to acquire qualifications to study at a University of Applied Science within two years. Main focus on these full time courses is on technology, mechanics and IT as well as German, English and Social Studies.
Moreover our school has a Vocational Secondary School with an environmental technology profile that prepares the students for their A-level exams.
A lot of our students have a migrant background. Their families are mainly from Turkey, Albania or Syria. Handling cultural, social and educational obstacles as well as the high rate of early school leavers is our daily challenge.
With the project we want to increase the motivation for learning among those students by offering them a new learning concept that opens up new, transnational, European perspectives. It supports us in accomplishing the guiding principles of our school, to strengthen juveniles and open up perspectives. Values such as responsibility, appreciation and reliability will be imparted.
The objectives of our school development process include increasing quality of education and the extension of our corporate and foreign relations by continuing the participation in Erasmus+ projects.
The objective agreements contain the fostering of media competence and methodological competence among teachers and students as well as the implementation of new teaching strategies. With this project we want to support our colleagues by reaching this aim.
Our school is equipped with projectors and visualizers in all classrooms and the majority of teachers have a laptop or tablet available to use in class. Furthermore we have about twenty interactive whiteboards. However, according to an evaluation last year, only four colleagues, out of 120, are using those interactive whiteboards on a regular basis. Moreover our school purchased a class set of iPads last year, which is also not used very frequently yet since most colleagues lack the ideas of how to make use of them in class.
We are in the lucky position to be offered the possibility to use all kinds of modern technology and media at our school. However, their potential is far from being exhausted. Reasons for this restraint integration of modern media in class are uncertainty in using them properly, inexperience in implementing them in lessons and a lack of knowledge concerning the chances modern media offer.
This project offers us the chance to test the potential and possibilities of modern media. With the experience and knowledge we gain throughout the project we want to guide our colleagues in the use of modern media, presenting them the practicability and opportunities modern media provide. The aim is to strengthen the professional profile of our school’s teachers, to develop their digital skills in order to provide modern, high quality education and to prepare our students for a successful future not only in Germany but throughout Europe. Not only for today’s labor market but also for higher education modern media skills are one of the absolutely indispensable preconditions.
The topic ‘Refugees in the EU’ which we develop our digital learning and teaching concept on offers us the chance to include our class of refugees. They will profit indirectly from the project as our aim is to raise awareness for their situation, challenges and needs among all students and teachers at our school and to support their integration in everyday school life.