Open House in the Klax School  January 12, 2019 | 11am–3pm

All Klax schools have an artistic focus area.

Artworks of our secondary school students

The students not only have more hours of art classes than at other schools, they can also pursue their own projects at any time during the open learning phases in the studio. In addition, the artistic-design aspects are not limited to the subject of art, but also permeate many other areas of learning within the framework of the interdisciplinary work. Students learn about artists and learn from artists. They are joined by sculptors, painters, film-makers and other creative people to collaborate on projects with them.

 

 

Our art studio in Neumannstraße

Therefore, the emphasis on art is not only reflected in the expansion of subject teaching. Instead, artistic approaches, forms of expression and perspectives are used as an integral part of every subject class. Every year, Klax schools organize interdisciplinary and multi-grade-level projects with an artistic focus. For internships, the school establishes long-term contacts with companies with a creative focus and regularly interacts with artists outside the school. The Klax Children's Art Gallery organizes an annual exhibition with artistic works from both schools.

 

  • At least two art lessons in the timetable
  • Art offered as an elective subject
  • Additional creative courses in the afternoon
  • Subject offers interlinked with the artistic area
  • Learning validation can be provided in artistic form
  • Project-oriented learning with artistic emphasis or focus areas

 

Digitisation and modern learning

Two elementary students at the laptop during Code Week

We have introduced the academic subjects of "Coding" and "Maker". Students explore programming with us step by step. They learn simple programming languages, such as Scratch, so that they can develop short animations, interactive items and games. This helps them to develop forward-minded thinking and action. "Programming" means telling the computer what to do so that students can also continue in the future to use technical devices as tools in order to implement their own ideas, wishes and imagination.

 

Learn how to program with Scratch

Our motto in dealing with digital media and modern technology is "from the consumer to the producer". We use tablets and computers as tools that help us learn. That's why we do not have any extra computer rooms at the Klax schools. Instead, we include every type of digital tool in our daily work and continually test new materials.

A common question that parents have is, "Which apps are suitable for children and adolescents?" This question is best answered by looking at the students' actual learning needs. Apps are useful when they support learning, activate students' autonomy and foster a sense of community among the students.

We use a simple rule of thumb: "replacement is nonsense". Therefore, we do not use apps that replace social relationships or are intended to convey a learning field which is much better when experienced in "reality". For example, we do not use read-aloud apps. We tell each other our stories ourselves. We prefer to choose apps that support communication, such as translation apps and apps that give children the opportunity to develop or create something on their own.

  • We only use apps that we have reviewed and which are available in our in-school app library.
  • We only use digital media if it makes sense from a pedagogical point of view in the classroom and supports the students' learning success.
  • With the help of digital gadgets, we present the contents of the framework curriculum more vividly and enable our students to have creative access to the teaching topics.
  • We document the students' learning success with the help of photo and video recordings. These are an integral part of the portfolio and are always related to learning steps which are important for the student. The students are actively involved in this documentation.
  • We ensure that our photos and videos do not show any people who have been photographed or filmed in an unflattering manner.
  • The school contract stipulates that photos may be created and used in the school for pedagogical documentation.

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