PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
a) We support the school students to explore and research the history of Jewish life, questioning witnesses and to study historical documents. We help them to produce presentations through video, photographs and text and to ad them to the online multimedia guide.
b) In the district of the school and in the classroom
c) For the duration of a project week
e) Media and culture educators
f) The students have been involved even in the conception of the project. Thus we could insure that the project design alows the best possible learning experience.
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
Social change and innovation through technology is advancing faster and requires a flexible approach to new developments and issues. Due to the rapid development new professions are emerging faster. Learning these days means to learn constantly. The school can provide important impulses for lifelong learning. Another important evidence is the fact that more and more young school students decline the traditional system and even refuse school knowing that it is not supporting the growth of their potentials.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Creativity, flexibility, empathy and a solution oriented approach are key competences which are not provided in a rigid teaching model, but with a new transdisciplinary learning culture in schools. Playful learning means learning with all senses. It is scientifically proven that the things we learn in a playful way memorize better. Through play for example, we learn to overcome boundaries, as we learn to know ourselves better. We learn the production steps. We take responsibility. Playing touches many skills: use of language, and technology as well as organisational skills.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
Project Development costs = 88.500 EUR
Own resources = 34 %
Foundations = 66 %
Project costs for 2014/2015 128.850 EUR
Staff = 99.100 EUR
Investment = 12.700 EUR
Material = 17.050 EUR
Governmental = 52%
Foundations = 48 %
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
As a non-profit organisation we are providing an aditional educational experience for school students. It is important for us to make available the technical equipment and material as well as the technical plattform for the students free of charge.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
As the fix costs and the costs for the project week are funded for the next development phase we would invest the amount into teaching material. This would help us to multiply our idea and make it available to more schools.
Furthermore we would use it to optimize our self-evaluation tool.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
As we are offering our project as teaching units within regular schooltime we do have a strong cooperation with the ministry of education and the specialists for the school subjects our project is related to. Furthermore we work together with the institute for teacher education. We partner as well with cultural institutions as for example the museum or history workshops and different Jewish instiitutions to connect the schools in their districts.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
I received a feedback from a potential partner but so far we did not initiate a concrete partnership.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
The programme is established in all states in Germany. It is expanded to other countries. More studetns could benefit to participate in our programme. The approach has changed the way how history is teached.
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
We are right now developing the project for expansion. It is a challenge to prove that the modell can also be established in more states in Germany. The number of participating students will increase if this goal will be achieved. In this stage of the project it is difficult to provide the data.
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.