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The around 25 fee-based units currently on offer deal with topics such as digital tools, innovative teaching or challenges in everyday school life. The focus is on using applications such as Microsoft Teams, OneNote or the game-based learning platform Kahoot.

Almost half of the teachers are of the opinion that there are not enough relevant further training offers for them. A survey of more than 500 teachers from all types of school and subjects conducted by the öbv shows that 34 percent rate the training they last attended as of little use. The öbv has therefore launched its own fee-based online training platform.

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Other results of the survey: Around 46 percent rated their training as not relevant to practice, 44 percent as not specific enough. The desire to receive documents that can be used directly in the classroom was frequently expressed. In terms of topics, the educators would particularly like to see offers on innovative teaching methods (56 percent) and the creation of their own digital materials (53 percent).

At present, teacher training is mainly offered at teacher training colleges (PH) or as part of in-school training (SCHILF). “Well covered” would be the areas of professional training and didactic content, said öbv managing director Maximilian Schulyok at a press conference on Wednesday. The publisher has therefore set up an online platform for other areas. “If the system doesn’t provide what you need, we won’t wait for the system, we will do it ourselves.”

The new platform lörn (https://loern.at) is subject to a fee – according to the survey, almost half of the teachers were also willing to pay for a suitable offer. On average, that was 11.25 euros per hour – about half the cost of a tutoring lesson for schoolchildren, according to Schulyok. A fifth of the schools are willing to pay at least part of the costs.

The around 25 units currently on offer focus on using tools such as Microsoft Teams, One Note or the game-based learning platform Kahoot, which is often used in the classroom to make quizzes on topics that have been covered. Other topics include dealing with parents or organizing a successful school event. The offer is to be gradually expanded – most courses cost 11.26 euros, an annual subscription for all 225 euros.

Source: Nachrichten

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