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    Validation of the innovation potential

    Throughout the project period we will develop demonstrators that show whether and under what conditions the different sub-modules of the Technology Enhanced Textbook and the related production and distribution methods are didactically and economically profitable. Also we would like to find out whether these methods have sufficient innovation potential to compete on the market. We are thinking about making our solutions broadly available by basing them on HTML5/Javascript and licensing them under a Creative Commons license. Our goals include high-quality productions produced as apps or as specific installations for museums, broadcasters or publishers. The production of the demonstrators is carried out in several iterative steps and is done in close cooperation with other parties from various sectors (schools, universities, television, radio, museums) in order to obtain meaningful results in terms of a future application. We have initiated productions with the following validation partners:

    Delphi-survey on the textbook of the future
    Fig.: Delphi-survey on the textbook of the future, excerpt from the preliminary study

    Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

    The "Museum für Naturkunde" in Berlin has an extensive zoological collection. It is of great interest to give access of individual specimen (beetles, bees, mosquitoes, etc.) of the thousands of species of the comprehensive collection, to researchers in other institutions and countries for scientific purposes. For this we develop an efficient method for producing digital high quality (HD) photographs of selected specimen. The digital objects can then be rotated and zoomed as macro-views. In this context we also experiment with large-scale productions in S3D (stereo photography). Another interest is to use those photographs to give broad access to visitors of museums, so that they can observe objects they are interested in both on site at the museum and later on at home. We want to give the option to transfer these objects to one's individual "Technology Enhanced Textbook" and thus have them available any time.

    Spectrum Science Center

    The Spectrum is a branch of the Technik-Museum Berlin, which offers a large variety of opportunities to vividly experience scientific research. Together with the Spectrum we develop various enhanced interaction and representation forms for Interactive Screen Experiments (ISE) and Interactive Screen Laboratories (ISL) and the corresponding production methods. We are thinking of multimedia extensions for real experiments as well as using experiments that are otherwise inaccessible, as multimedia interactive installations. We also want to connect the various museums of Berlin (e.g. Zeiss Planetarium, Archenhold observatory, technology museum, etc.).

    Fig.: Building of the museum: Spectrum Science Center, photograph: Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin

    De Gruyter

    The "Bergmann-Schaefer," published by De Gruyter, is a widely used textbook in university level physics courses that will prospectively be expanded by challenging multimedia and interactive elements. Together with De Gruyter publishing we develop exemplary solutions in the field of mechanics which connect the actual textbook to online modules and to the portfolio function of the "Technology Enhanced Textbook".

    Bayerischer Rundfunk alpha

    The editors of Grips, which is a show of Bayrischer Rundfunk alpha, are thinking about expanding their online learning portal with scientific subjects. Currently their content comprises the subjects German, English and Mathematics for secondary school students. We are presently considering a pilot application for the subject physics in which TV formats are extended through specific applications on mobile devices. At the same time we set out to produce the resulting multimedia modules in a way that would allow them to be used in various contexts. For example the modules could also be included in the Bayrischer Rundfunk Tele-Kolleg providing content to students that are about to attain an entrance qualification for the German Fachhochschule.

    Visual Bridges

    The television production company "VisualBridges" mainly produces real-world educational programs for example for ARD or Cornelsen. In an exemplary feature of the ARD program "Kopfball" we will demonstrate ways for the audience to perform virtual experiments of topics that were covered by the TV show. Viewers can experiment online while the TV show is being broadcasted or afterwards.

    Fig.: The S3D-camera rig for stereoscopic movie recording in physics experiments

    Wikimedia Deutschland

    Wikimedia supports the development and distribution of free knowledge resources. Its biggest project is Wikipedia including numerous associated projects, such as Wikibooks, Wikiversity or Wiktionary. Currently Wikimedia Deutschland is thinking about developing an exemplary textbook on the basis of Wikipedia articles, for one federal state in Germany. We are discussing with Wikimedia Deutschland, how this can be implemented with the help of the "Technology Enhanced Textbook".

    Archiv der Zukunft Netzwerk

    For validation purposes in the school domain, we consulted with experts for constructivist learning. These experts included teachers and school reformers of the "Archiv der Zukunft" network (ADZ). The ADZ network consists of nationwide organized teachers, education responsibles, psychologists and architects who actively discuss and implement new forms of schools. This network originates from the progressive educational movement. Since the inhuman assaults on students in the Odenwaldschule by the former head of school, the ADZ network has distanced itself from the German tradition of progressive education. Some members of the ADF network are part of the group of experts that formulated their visions on a textbook of the future in the context of our Delphi study.

    Automated media production
    Fig.: Automated media production: 360° view of a bumblebee


    The German Association for the promotion of math and science education (MNU) regularly conducts conferences for teachers of science. The MNU meetings have been established nationwide as a recognized expert forum. As part of our Delphi survey on the textbook of the future, a part of the expert group of teachers was recruited from this network.


    Helping to develop marketable application perspectives, Cornelsen supports us as so-called "innovation mentor". In regularly scheduled meetings we discuss the global strategy of our project with representatives of Cornelsens´ management board as well as with editors.

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