Digital literacy is becoming a basic skill required for participating in any aspect of society. T-Mobile Austria wants to use its Connected Kids project to raise awareness among students, parents and teachers about the many different ways of making use of mobile Internet for learning. The company also wants to advance the use of digital media in schools. Since its launch in 2013, almost 10,000 students in some 400 participating classes and about 500 teachers have already had the chance to explore digital learning in a connected classroom. The topic of this year’s “Connected Kids” event was “The digital school is more than 0 and 1”. One of the key themes was the profound change that the digitization of school books will bring in the future, as it offers individualized learning experiences. The overall aim of the annual event is to introduce teachers, parents and employees to new learning formats that correspond with the current transformation of society towards digitalization, automatization, and interconnectedness.
Educational and technical support is provided by T-Mobile Austria to make sure students get to experience all the advantages of mobile communication in teaching.
The Connected Kids blog is an important tool to make the experience of using digital media in schools and families part of a connected classroom available to the general public.
Long-term project goals include inspiring students to pass on what they learn to people outside traditional educational institutions.