Stu­dents from Dachs­berg gym­na­si­um are devel­op­ing visions on the future of edu­ca­tion in a new coop­er­a­tion project with ACADEMIA SUPERIOR. The project start­ed with a work­shop at JKU Linz. The young peo­ple are sup­port­ed by edu­ca­tion-experts from Upper Austria’s universities.

How will the dig­i­tal­ly inter­con­nect­ed class­room of the future look like? Does it still need teach­ers when there is arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence? What sub­jects will young peo­ple learn tomor­row? How can tal­ent, curios­i­ty and engage­ment be encour­aged at school? And how should our school sys­tem be built to offer fair oppor­tu­ni­ties for all?

These ques­tions are addressed by the pupils from the Gym­na­si­um Dachs­berg as part of a Young Acad­e­mia project of the Acad­e­mia Supe­ri­or. Last week there was the start for the project at the Sci­ence Park of JKU Linz. Ini­tial visions and themes were for­mu­lat­ed and the young peo­ple were sup­port­ed by four experts who dis­cussed with them:

Gabriele Zehet­ner from the Päd­a­gogis­che Hochschule der Diözese Linz showed how curios­i­ty can be aroused at school and spoke about new results of brain research. „The main fac­tor, if inter­est in a sub­ject aris­es, are the teach­ers”, she said.

School­child­ren remem­ber twice as much if you make them curi­ous – Gabriele Zehetner

Soci­ol­o­gist Bar­bara Her­zog-Pun­zen­berg­er from the Johannes Kepler Uni­ver­si­ty of Linz spoke about migra­tion and the equal­i­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties in the edu­ca­tion sys­tem and explained, why access exam­i­na­tions for uni­ver­si­ties can also be more equi­table than the Matu­ra is.

Mul­ti­lin­gual­ism is good for learn­ing and for health, as it delays demen­tia – Bar­bara Herzog-Punzenberger

Thomas Pop­u­lo­rum from the HBLA Lentia explained what Entre­pre­neur­ship Edu­ca­tion is and plead­ed for a bet­ter eco­nom­ic edu­ca­tion for young adults: „The right to vote needs eco­nom­ic knowl­edge”, he said Thomas.

The basis for cre­ativ­i­ty is play­ing – Thomas Polulorum

Com­put­er Sci­en­tist Clemens Holz­mann from FH OÖ Cam­pus Hagen­berg gave fas­ci­nat­ing insights into tech­nolo­gies that will devel­op the edu­ca­tion sys­tem fur­ther in the future and dis­cussed AI, robots, apps and smart class­rooms. „Teach­ing and learn­ing is becom­ing more and more dig­i­tal,” he said. „But, cod­ing in kinder­garten is too ear­ly,” said the IT expert.

The visions of the pupils:

  • Replace gift­ed fund­ing with moti­vat­ed funding
  • Assess the learn­ing progress and not the achieve­ment of a learn­ing goal
  • More flex­i­bil­i­ty in the school system
  • Abil­i­ty to learn independently
  • More prac­ti­cal instruc­tions for life

Next project steps will bring the stu­dents to a future class­room in Steyr and to the Ars Elec­tron­i­ca Cen­ter in Linz to dis­cov­er new edu­ca­tion­al tech­nolo­gies. Inter­views with oth­er edu­ca­tion experts are already planned. The result of the project will be a doc­u­men­tary film, which should pro­vide fur­ther dis­cus­sion material.