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.

Excellency Award

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

Media Education

In 2016-17 several internal workshops and conferences on the implementation of the 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:

We have been active in the past as well, as you can see here:

IT Development

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. Finally we also have Social Media Guidelines for Year 5 & 6.

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.

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

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: March 2012, 27 August 2012, 19 February 2013, 02 December 2013, 2 September 2014, 25 November 2014, 10 March 2015, 11 June 2015, 24 September 2015, 26 May 2016, 10 November 2016,2 March 2017 (all pdf)

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 three 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 the IT Development Group.

Nicholas Ralph, NMS PostmasterThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff members, please contact Nic to get the login info for your school email account.

Mark Baker, WebUntis AdminThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff members, please contact Mark to get your login for WebUntis. WebUntis allows you to view your timetable online including substitution info, as well as the timetable for other staff members and classes. It is also used in the Secondary and in some classes in the Primary as a digital classbook to record information on lesson content and to keep track of attendance.

Online Safety



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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