Innerhalb der Kooperation mit der Universität Koblenz fanden drei Workshops mit Studierenden der Universität Koblenz (Seminar “Science and Fiction”, Dr. Mittag) statt. Die zukünftigen Englischlehrer gestalteten drei Workshops zu den Themen Genetic Engineering, Surveillance, und Artificial Intelligence. Hier ein Eindruck aus dem Workshop “Surveillance”:

Workshop about surveillance - today and in the future

On Wednesday, the 29th of June 2016, six students from the University of Koblenz-Landau prepared a workshop about "surveillance" for the English Leistungskurs of  Dr. Mittag.

From 8:00 am to 4.00 pm we got to know many different aspects about the newest technologies and methods of surveillance. At the beginning, the workshop was largely theoretical, later on the tasks became increasingly creative. The workshop started off with a cartoon we had to analyse. The result we came to was that our data is not safe at all in the world wide web. Afterwards we were divided into groups. We had to work on texts about and do research on the latest methods of surveillance, the internet, social networks and similar topics and prepare a short presentation about these  texts for the other groups. While we were working, the university students were always there to answer our questions.

We then went on to watch short clips and answer questions about them such as „How would you feel if you were under constant surveillance?“; „What are advantages of surveillance?“ and „What kind of problems are caused by surveillance?“. One of the films was an extract from Plurality, which is a film set in New York in the year 2023. In Plurality, a so-called "grid“ stores each and every person‘s identity by their DNA. Anything you touch recognises your DNA and sends information on where you are to the grid. After watching the movie we first talked about how that system would develop until 2040 and wrote a creative text from the view of one of the characters. Then we imagined what one specific part of our everyday life could look like in year 2040. As a fun way to round up the day, we created short videos about technology and surveillance in the future.

The workshop was very informative and we had a lot of fun. We were given enough time to work on our projects alone and we were able to be very creative, writing imaginary diary entries and picturising our own ideas. 

The day was a success for all of us; the uni-students got some teaching experience and we learned a lot about a topic that is ever-present in our lives and will only become more important in the future.

Written by Michelle Duffner and Anne Wiemers

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Am Shakespeare Day, der im Juli 2015 von Studierenden der Universität Gießen unter der Leitung von Frau Dr. Mittag gestaltet wurde, nahmen Schülerinnen und Schüler der Leistungs- und Grundkurse der MSS 12 teil. Über ihre Erfahrungen schrieb Jan Croonenbrock (12c) einen Bericht.