The district Wetteraukreis is the education authority for about 90 schools and has initiated pioneering programs to provide schools with IT-equipment as early as in the year 1999. On that basis, the first IT scheme was developed for the years 2002 to 2005, in the course of which 6.8 million Euros were invested in order to equip the schools with standardized IT solutions.
The owners define their Internet service „Deutscher Bildungsserver“ (DBS) as the central directory for educational information on the Internet. As a meta-server it mainly refers to information provided by third parties, mostly their own offers, at all levels of the German education system. An important criterion for the quality of the offers is how quickly resp. how easily the different user groups can find the information that is relevant for them. Besides the traditional ways of searching, also the so-called Web 2.0 technologies provide new possibilities to retrieve and evaluate Internet offers.
The Baden-Wuerttemberg State Media Centre (Landesmedienzentrum, LMZ) operates different, closely linked websites: the information portal Mediaculture Online with contents concerning media education, media practice and media culture, the online distribution portal for media research for researching and booking of (lending) media in the media centre association of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the matrix of the formal curriculum including contents for subject-integrating media education, and the portal for teaching modules, where teachers provide teachers with modules complying with the formal curriculums of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
The State Media Authority of North-Rhine Westphalia entrusted the Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib) with the investigation of the preconditions for and aims of the use of media in class and how media literacy is taught in the schools of North-Rhine Westphalia. Based on the findings, recommendations for further media integration will be given.
In cooperation with the Bremer Institut fuer Bildungsforschung (BIBF, Institute for Education Research), the Institut Technik und Bildung (ITB, Institute Technology and Education) and the advertising agency construktiv GmbH, the Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib) will develop the video community platform draufhaber.tv.
Due to the growing relevance of information technology in companies, public administration and educational institutions, continuous availability of technology and user support play an increasingly important role.
The E-Government Academy affiliated to the ifib organizes conferences, workshops and inhouse seminars for decision-makers and designers together with external partners. With the Academy we want to build bridges between science and practice and to distribute ideas and knowledge for modern administration.
One of the great challenges for effective and convenient online services is to create technical and organisational interoperability. This includes the integration of business processes across several steps of added value as well as the compatibility of IT systems and the programmes and data exchange formats used.
How can the regional institutions provide access to information and communication technologies for all children and young people and teach them the necessary competencies?
Since 2003, Aktion Mensch and the Digital Opportunities Foundation award a prize to the best accessible websites in German-speaking countries. In the past four years, 1,000 websites were submitted by companies, public authorities and ministries.
The participation of citizens in local decision-making can be supported by Internet offers. But the cannot fully replace traditional forms of participation such as citizens meetings and local inspections.
The Virtual Region Northwest is an informal network of communities and other institutions from Lower Saxony and Bremen, existing since May 2002, with the common objective to improve regional cooperation in the field of e-government.
The Learning Network Bremen is a service agency trying to facilitate access to education offers in the state of Bremen. For them, ifib prepared the concept and a feasibility study for a common learning portal of all educational institutions and monitored its implementation.
Lifelong learning is an important precondition for participation in the knowledge society. This requires a better permeability between the institutions of formal and informal education.
For the German Ministry of the Interior (BMI), ifib, together with Zebralog e.V., prepared a study on the state of electronic citizen participation (e-participation) in 2007.
How can schools organise and improve teaching by introducing new (digital) media, which IT infrastructure is needed? Public school authorities and their IT service providers are facing the challenge to provide the optimum with the resources available in coordination with the state and the interests of the schools.