THE MAK'ED TEAMTHE MAK'ED TEAM

By Ann-Katrin Hardenberg

Education – the basics of everything

Education – the basics of everything

Since 2013, I have been working in Haiti in the field of further education and the development of personnel and organizations – in 2016, I started my own local business in Port-au-Prince. Two days ago, widespread violence broke out – with road barricades, looting and shooting throughout the country.

It is only a certain part of the population that is so destructive and violent, acting with great brutality. It’s real anger, it’s frustration causing this violence. Frustration about not seeing any opportunities for oneself in this country, not feeling any change. This is what makes me angry.

And furious with the rioters. They are venting their anger on the private companies that have stayed in the country for years, investing and creating the few jobs that Haiti now has to offer. But I’m also angry with the government, which is not doing enough in the field of education. It is necessary to introduce free education for all people up to the age of 16. It is necessary that teachers be trained so that they can offer students all-embracing education which includes critical thinking, development of self-confidence and hands-on approaches (helping the student become a “mover and shaker”) Education allows children to develop, to go their own way and reach their aims.

For many years now, our Haitian company has been helping young people and adults to grow, to learn and update their skills so that they can share their knowledge and contribute to economic growth, rather than migrating to other countries or destroying the existing economy. The last few days have shown us that we must continue with our work. We have only just begun.

 

@Ann-Katrin Hardenberg (THE MAK’ED TEAM)

By Ann-Katrin Hardenberg

Educational Revolution! Working 4.0! Digital Transformation!

Educational Revolution! Working 4.0! Digital Transformation!

The digitalization is rolling like an avalanche through the industrial countries at the moment. Everything is absorbed and changes the complete environment or society through this. This digitalization, the so-called digital transformation or also revolution, running through our country – for my taste actually much too slow – changes us and our complete culture. The culture of work, of collaboration as well as also of development and education. Hierarchies get flatter in enterprises, agile management and development methods are introduced, employees are regarded as a partner on the same eye-level, as a team member with a lots of autonomy. Employees cannot squeeze the responsibility to bosses now any more – now everybody is responsible to take his/her part into the company and society. More flexible work with regard to place and time, open and flatter structures? Yes! But only for a more independent and with more sole responsibility way of working.

Firm structures will be less in future. Within few years there shall be only 40% of steady employments. The employee of the future, but also already of today, works in different projects once as freelancer, once in a steady employment position. Flexible, open, independent, availabe – from sluggish “arm chair potatoes” to agile laptop porter. Absolute mobility, consuming ecologically, analyzing critically, participating, lifelong learning – these are only some of the new guidelines which become naturalized due to the avalanche.

But what does lifelong learning mean? My grandfather has anyway always said the quotation of Laozi to us: “Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back.”. And at his times the digitalization hadn’t yet dragged the avalanche along. But through the fast changes, mainly through the digitalization and the connected new technologies, it is not anymore possible to stop with learning. Otherwise the stream carries one away and one goes down in the society. But lifelong learning says now as well that one has the responsibility for the further education of one’s own, for continuing the education, for the informal and formal learning and for collecting of knowledge in his own hands. One can’t anymore push this responsibility away. Why should an enterprise be interested to pay for your further education if you only support the company’s core team for one project?

But this self-responsibility for knowledge and learning draws a much bigger circle: to the beginnings of learning, to schools. Education and the understanding of it must fundamentally change. Not only, that new subjects must be imported into the teaching curriculums and the teacher-training in principle must change. No! Children must already learn in schools how they take on responsibility for themselves, for accumulating knowledge and for their learning. Already today students go on youtube in the afternoon to get explanations of theories and possible solutions if they haven’t understood this in the lesson in the morning. And this must be extended. How does one become a lifelong learner, how does one accumulate expert knowledge and how does one use this most efficiently to further develop products innovatively or to push developments?

Today’s StartUp scene already exemplifies it a little how the future will be. More and more companies follow this way. Because they must. Let’s infect now from the revolution, let’s change and form our culture. It is one of the most thrilling times with great and long-lasting changes – it is exciting to be able to experience this.

 

THE MAK’ED TEAM, Ann-Katrin Hardenberg

By Ann-Katrin Hardenberg

Digital Media Competence – or how to miss the boat

Digital Media Competence – or how to miss the boat

Much is reported and discussed lately over the so-called digital media and the competence connected to that. But what is standing behind it? What is part of the digital media and what kind of competence one must acquire?

By the far-reaching development in the area of digitalization, also the different kinds of media digitally used have changed enormously within the last few years. If these were only computer-assisted media, such as internet, emails or eLearning, at the beginning, the mobile supported media also were included primarily by tablets and mobile phones within the last couple of years. Additional media like videos, music, webinar tools or social media like facebook, twitter, whatsApp & co were included. Digital is equal to internet based as the data are transmitted in digital form.

And which competences in regards to digital media one should be able to use nowadays both in the private and in the professional life? Besides the writing and handling of emails, of course the search via internet services as google is part of today as much as making and loading videos and music, taking part at virtual meetings or trainings via webinar software, chatting and spreading of news via the different channels of the social media. In the different professional sectors there are respectively additional competences with digital media.

If one takes the education sector as an example, nowadays teachers, trainers and lecturers should know how to include digital media in the educational concept – and thus not only in the use of one’s own but also for the use of the students or training participants. New alternatives have arisen with the digital media to accompany and to support optimally the learning process for the learners. Moreover, these can also increasingly take on the responsibility for their own learning, to process and pass on knowledge with these media. Additionally, digital media pave the way to be able to tailor individual learning to the needs of the single learner regarding content, ways and learning methods. Christian Lindner, the chairman of the German party FDP, has once used a beautiful comparison for this. By the digitalization we promote the taxi principle and no more the bus principle – every person can be picked up there where he/she just stands with his/her knowledge and development. In the long run this promotes a more efficient and more chance suitable education.

But in education should one completely only teach and learn now with digital methods? No! And here are all stakeholders of the education system in demand: education experts, teachers and persons from different professional sectors. A clever overlapping is asked here by analogously and digitally learning or teaching. Only by the mixture of analogous and digital methods the learning transfer and therefore learning new competences are also secured.

Digital media aren’t a short-term trend which will pull past us! They are in the meantime part of everyday life of all sections of the population, an extended possibility to access information and knowledge, as well as to communicate and to participate with other parts of the society in an at the same time more informal and more direct way.

Digital media competence must be learned, however. And this includes in no case only the technical use of digital learning material, but also acquiring competences for a self-determined and critical as well as a productive and creative handling with digital media. This media competence can be learned! Therefore, I advise you, in case it still haven’t happened, urgently: beam yourself finally into the digital age – otherwise this will be no longer necessary for you sometime!

 

Author: Ann-Katrin Hardenberg

Education – the basics of everything
Educational Revolution! Working 4.0! Digital Transformation!
Digital Media Competence – or how to miss the boat