More than just Digitalisation
Society has changed due to the digital transformation. It is widely accepted that education has to adapt to this change as well. This adaptation cannot be achieved by simply digitizing traditional learning and teaching practices.
Building a bridge to students reality
The internet is the most important source of information and entertainment for today's students. Their opinions and interests are shaped by the content they engage with online but there is currently very little space for this aspect of a students life in class.
A Dynamic Forum
The beam concept aims to create a dynamic forum in which students can effortlessly share, view and discuss content they come across with their classmates and teachers by connecting their smartphones to the classroom projector.
beam offers a collection mode in which students may submit content freely, without any restrictions on content types. In this case, the free mode is utilized in an ethics class about Antisemitism.
For lessons requiring a little more structure, there is the option to collect specific types of content into custom categories. Students can contribute items to either one of the available categories as quickly and easily as they send messages with instant messaging services.
Didactic Method Templates
To make beam work with a wider range of possible assignments the concept includes specialized submission templates. These Templates are inspired by didactic methods that are based on a constructivist education philosophy.
Share and discuss the contributed content
This template serves the purpose of creating processes of learning in which students determine what, where and how they learn.