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NMS Media Concept

All Berlin schools are required to hand in a school-specific media concept before they can apply for the Digital Pakt funding.  Our most recent media concept has been adjusted and forwarded to the Senate in Septenber 2019. The new media concept has been approved by the IT Development Group and by the School Conference.  The Senate Administration has approved our media concept. New servers were installed in P23 and P30 at the beginning of 2020.

Digital Excellency Award

On 8 May 2018 NMS received the Exzellente digitale Schule award by the Berlin Senate (Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie).

Media Education

Media education is not a separate subject in Berlin, and has to be integrated in the existing subjects - following our internal media curriculum (see below). Since March 2020 the NMS has been working with the learning platform of G-Suite: Classroom. From the start of the school year 20/21, we have been developing a hybrid learning concept, whereby classroom teaching and online teaching are meaningfully combined. Since a few years critical media use and the topic of Fake News have been one of the focal points in upper Primary and Middle School. External partners such as Chaos Macht Schule and Lie Detectors regularly provide workshops for NMS students and teachers. Other cherished partners such as Junge Tüftler regularly offer coding and tinkering workshops. 

In recent years various internal workshops and conferences on the implementation of the relativeky new Basiscurriculum Medienbildung (Media Education) have taken place at the NMS Primary and NMS Secondary School. After a school-wide inventory and evaluation, a school-internal curriculum for Media Education in Primary has been developed. In the secondary school media-education specific learning content has been included in a shared inventory, which will be further developed and implemented by the department heads. This new school internal curriculum for media education is work in progress and will be evaluated and continuously further developed.

With the new Berlin curriculum, media education is moving into the focus in every subject in schools. Our school has been actively developing the internal curicula and has also organized several workshops and class projects in this area. Here are two examples:

Some earlier projects and activities that were posted on the NMS website:

 

IT/Media Guidelines & Handbook 

 

IT & Media Development Group

Our school has made significant progress in the past years when it comes to IT availability and use in the classroom. Much remains to be done, however. Developments are coordinated by the IT Development Group in which teachers, administrators and parents jointly participate to research, write, implement and evaluate a working technology plan for the school.

The IT Development Group, after discussion with other stakeholders, has also written an Acceptable Use Policy document that contains guidelines and rules for IT use within the school. Additionally, for years 7-10, a Mobile Phone Policy has been created by a Parent Council Round Table, followed up by a collaboration between students, parents and teachers. It has been signed off by the staff and the school conference. We also have Social Media Guidelines for upper Primary and Middle School, besides the other existing guidelines mentioned above. 

The IT & Media Development group is chaired by Annemieke Akkermans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Check out Annemieke’s COOL TOOL page – a collection of useful and exciting tools for teachers and students. Another collection of more recent tools for online schoolscan be found on the Padlet that was created during the first pandemic-related school closure.

The IT Development Group can be reached collectively via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Its meetings are announced in the school calendar and are public. Minutes and reports are no longer published on the website, for reasons of (data)protection.

The IT Team consists of six school staff members and is the school-internal executive part of the IT/Media Development Group. Since 2019 the IT Team has been very active in the development of blended learning, peer coaching, improvement and planning of the school's digital infrastructure, installation and development of the school's LMS (see info below under G-Suite) and Digital Pakt assessing and ordering. 

Jospeh Thurai, IT Coordinator

The IT coordinator at our school is Joseph Thurai. He is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all IT hardware and software at the two campuses of the Nelson Mandela School. Joseph's hard work in the past years has moved NMS forward in terms of technology in our classrooms. Joseph can be contacted via the school's offices or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Nicholas Ralph, NMS Postmaster

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Staff members, please contact Nic to get the login info for your school email account and for the creation of subject groups (only upon application by the department head).

Benjamin Lorang, Webuntis coordinator

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Staff members, please contact Benjamin to get the login info for your school Webuntis account and for connected questions and requests.

 

Learning Platform and other tools

Classroom (G-Suite Education)

During the extended Corona lockdown in 2020 NMS was quickly and successfully able to rollout Classroom and G-Suite to provide NMS kids with distance virtual learning.  This was warmly received by the NMS community.

The vast majority of the NMS community has expressed the wish to continue to learn and teach with 'Classroom' as a learning platform for contemporary education. Therefore, starting this school year, NMS is making this platform available for students and teachers.
In close cooperation with the district's privacy officer NMS has implemented the following at the start of school year20/21:

  • Purchase of G-Suite Education Enterprise licence, so all data is guaranteed to remain on servers within the EU
  • Creation of pseudonymised student accounts
  • Certified training for NMS employees
  • 1/2 study day on the topic of 'hybrid learning' with the learning platform Classroom for teaching staff

The upgraded and improved service means that NMS is ready for anything else that the next year throws at us.
Parental consent is necessary for students to use this. Letters were given to the students on 10.08.2020, likewise, a special Buzz was sent about this and details posted on the website. Signed consent forms need to be returned to the class teachers and tutors. The forms will be kept in the respective student files. 

Information on the webpage here

 

Wire

As teachers and administrators, we deal with personal data on a regular basis, NMS has taken the step of using Wire, with the financial support of the Friends of Nelson Mandela School (the Förderverein). Wire is one of the very few secure messenger services in Europe as it is fully GDPR compliant, has end-to-end encryption and keeps its servers in Europe. This means that student and other sensitive data is secured during communication and storage and cannot be accessed for non-school purposes. While this may mean an extra step for communication, it also means that this extra work keeps our information safer and more secure. The school keeps using its regular mail for all general organisational and curricular data traffic.

Online Safety

Curriculum

Links


2019 Silver esafety labelNMS has an eSafety label in silver. In 2019 NMS scored especially high on infrastructure, policy and practice. The eSafety label is an initiative by European Schoolnet, a network of 31 European Ministries of Education.


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