One of these schools, based in southern Vienna, is now equipped with one of the country's most modern digital classrooms. We spent the past nine month seeking funding, support of the school-board and ownership from within the school. Last week, finally, the digital classroom (25 Tablets and a 65'' digital whiteboard, all connected over the airwifi) was installed. This is where our work really begins. Over the course of the coming weeks and months we will be working with the class' teachers to gradually incorporate the digital classroom into daily teaching. And while our vision is bold our next steps will be modest.
Some of the questions we will be trying to learn more about are: How will a system that is used to rigidity react to innovation? What do participants and stakeholders require to buy into a common vision of innovative teaching? Is a sense of possibility necessary at the outset of school innovation or will it emerge as successes can be shown? In the meantime we are happy to listen to some Bach on our fancy new 65'' Samsung screen.