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Homeschooling : How do you learn at home?

How does independent distance learning work?

Where children have learned to take responsibility for their own learning process, learning in homeschooling also works better. Many teachers who had not previously worked with weekly plans or portfolios are now breaking new ground in distance learning. The School portal asked two schools with special concepts for personal responsibility how independent learning worked during the pandemic and how the experiences can be used for future school development. The videos clearly show how the concept of independent learning works. Learning plans and other materials from the schools are available for download.

Where do schools have good practical concepts for distance learning?

The German School Prize Special 20I21 of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Heidehof Foundation asked in a special edition about successful concepts that were created during the corona pandemic and that have the potential to make schools better afterwards. The jury selected 121 particularly innovative and effective school concepts from the 366 applications that were presented at a digital school camp at the end of February. All 121 concepts are on the School portal documented. Schools of all types of schools can find very specific suggestions here and look for schools in their region with whom they can network to exchange ideas. The concepts are thematically structured according to the following focal points:

  • Implement digital solutions
  • Establish sustainable networks
  • Promote educational equity
  • Enable self-organized learning
  • Support all students individually
  • Make relationships effective
  • Strengthen collaboration in teams

How can distance learning performance be assessed?

Grades for student work done at home are controversial. Nevertheless, performance measurement and feedback are also important in homeschooling. Education researcher Kai Maaz from the expert commission of the FriedrichEbert Foundation advocates individualized feedback, which is in any case much more meaningful than an average grade on the certificate.

It is also questionable whether knowledge can be queried in class work after the lockdown that students should acquire at home. And how can achievements in the mix of face-to-face and distance learning be assessed? In an interview with the School portal the most important questions about it.

What experiences have you had with digital exams and classwork in homeschooling?

So far, universities in particular have experimented with digital exams. The experience could also be of interest to schools. Legal issues must be clarified, for example if the technology fails. Data protection must also be regulated. But schools are also already experimenting with digital formats for surveying learning levels. Such formats have been around for a long time at the Schiller School in Bochum, and these experiences can now be used in homeschooling. The School portal spoke to teachers from the Schiller School and employees of the Technical University of Dresden about their findings when using digital exams and tests. Click here for the report.

Where can parents find tips for homeschooling?

Leaflet of the primary school association: Tips on how parents of children of primary school age can support learning without digital media can be found in the leaflet of the primary school association. In homeschooling, arithmetic can also be practiced well with games of cards or dice, for example.

Tips for parents:Elementary school teachers Sabine Czerny describes how learning at home can be successful in her column on the school portal. How can every family member find a suitable place for homeschooling and home office? What is the appropriate workload for the child? And how do parents manage to motivate their children to do distance learning tasks?

What should you watch out for with copyright and data protection in homeschooling?

The publishing house for legal journalism (VFR) has a free guide on the subject of “Copyright in homeschooling: What do teachers have to pay attention to?” released.

Interested teachers and parents can find a transparent overview of the following aspects here:

  • When do we talk about distance and face-to-face teaching?
  • What are the rules?
  • Copyright Infringement in Digital Education: Who is Liable?
  • Data protection in homeschooling and much more.

How can you keep an eye on child welfare risks when schools are closed?

Childcare while working at the same time often leads to excessive demands and conflicts. How can school social work help here, is there support for families during the holidays, and how is child protection maintained in the Corona crisis? That spoke about these questions School portal with Sascha Mase, head of the school social work department of the non-profit organization tandem BTL in Berlin.

Teacher Ulrike Ammermann describes in her column “child welfare risk” not losing sight ”, how teachers recognize dangers for children, how they offer support to families and thereby also cooperate with youth welfare offices.

Are school attendants also allowed to support children in homeschooling?

In the “Questions to Experts” column, the psychologist and school advisor Klaus Seifried explains what school attendants can do to maintain contact with children and young people in need of assistance even in distance learning. School attendants (also known as “school assistants” or “integration assistants”) are trained persons who, within the framework of educational and integration assistance, individually accompany and support pupils with special needs when attending a regular school. This accompaniment is often broken off during school closings, and support is more necessary than ever at this time.