Berlin (dpa) – The German school cloud of the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) will in future be available to significantly more schools than before. This was announced by Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) and the HPI on Friday in Berlin, thereby confirming a report by the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND). To quickly support schools in the Corona crisis, the school cloud will be opened for all schools that cannot use a comparable offer from the state or school authorities. “In these weeks of school closings, we have to mobilize all resources so that at least some of the lessons can take place,” said Karliczek.
On Thursday, the Federal Ministry of Education and the federal states agreed to use 100 million euros from the five-billion-euro school digital pact for the expansion of online offers and learning platforms on the Internet. In response to the emergency, the money should not only be used for the technical infrastructure, but also for the learning content. Immediate aid is now also available for a cooperation between the HPI School Cloud and Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. and edu-sharing.net e. V. ready, announced the HPI. Both associations are members of the Free Education Alliance and will take care of the integration of learning content in the learning store of the school cloud.
The HPI cloud has so far been used by 128 schools with a focus on the so-called MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology) nationwide and abroad. Now institutions that are not a STEM school can also participate. In the form of Lower Saxony Education Cloud, Brandenburg School Cloud and Thuringian School Cloud, state-wide solutions were also tested in class at more than 40 schools of all school types and educational institutions. The cloud solutions are now being rolled out there outside of the pilot project.
“We will significantly shorten the introductory process for this in order to connect all interested schools as quickly as possible and offer introductory courses and best practice examples via the learning platform,” promised Professor Christoph Meinel, director of the Hasso Plattner Institute and head of the HPI school cloud project. “Perhaps in this way we can also gain something positive from the crisis by promoting digital schooling.”
As a modern digital learning environment, the school cloud can be used anytime and anywhere. “Even when schools are closed, you can continue to work together on documents, projects or homework in the HPI School Cloud, and lessons don’t have to come to a standstill,” emphasized Meinel.