Have you heard the latest techshelikes podcast episode with Bernadette Spieler? I’m particularly excited about this episode because Bernadette and I have one thing in common: We both work in computer science didactics. In the conversation, Bernadette talks about what computer science education is all about and how she lives her vision of “supporting children” as a software developer and eventually as a computer science educator, setting a good example for a job with purpose and impact in computer science.
In 2021, the year in which Switzerland celebrates the 50th anniversary of women’s right to vote, positive effects towards more gender equality can be seen on many levels. The PHs play a key role with the training of future teachers. The Swiss Association for Computer Science in Education SV!A presents three female computer science professors at once:
In a small, festive setting, Rector Heinz Rhyn presented the six new professors of the PH Zurich with their certificates from the University of Applied Sciences Council. Congratulations to Anja Sieber, Bernadette Spieler, Barbara Getto, Tobias Röhl, Michael Geiss and Patrick Bettinger!
The DIZH-projects aims to promote cooperation between Zurich’s universities in the field of digitisation and to enable and drive innovative developments in the areas of teaching, education and digitisation, thereby strengthening Zurich as a location for research and business.
One of the 10 innovation projects is making@school, which aims to bring maker education to teacher training and education. In cooperation with University of Zurich/CreativeLab Zürich and the school office of the city of Zurich as a practical partner we will create different maker modules (basics, CS, bio-tinkering,…) as Open Educational Resources (OER).
PH Zurich establishes the center for research on digital transformation in education with six new professorial positions. PH Zurich is strengthening research and teaching on digital transformation in education. Six new professors will conduct research on the focus areas of Education and Digital Society, Digital Learning and Teaching, and Computing Skills in Education starting in 2021.
Radio “Tonkuhle” 03.08.2020 Radio report, 5 min, in German
Topic: Support actions of the University of Hildesheim in homeschooling. Due corona, homeschooling was suddenly a topic nationwide. Students and teachers stayed completely at home and had to fulfill extensive tasks at home. During the lockdown at the University of Hildesheim Paula Thelen asked questions about homeschooling.
Interview with mathematics didactics Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Thieme from the Center for Teacher Training and Educational Research and for computer science didactics Dr. Bernadette Spieler.
There are various initiatives at the University of Hildesheim to support digital teaching / learning scenarios and to help children and students in learning online. The “Center for Teacher Education and Educational Research” (CeLeB) provides an overview of services for homeschooling (in German).