A modern learning and teaching environment is crucial to make the digital transformation in the education sector a success. Children should be introduced to digital media already in school to prepare them for a increasingly digitized society. For this reason, the Hasso Plattner Insitute (HPI) launched a project in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Network of Excellency of STEM schools (MINT-EC) called "HPI School-Cloud". HPI developed a cloud infrastructure which helps students, teachers and parents to gain easy access to learning and teaching materials for everybody, everytime and everywhere. This initiated a revolution in in the German education system.
The aim of this project is to determine the benefit of using short video sequences in education. "teachingkids.eu" is a platform where students and teachers can freely watch visual learning objects, rate / tag them and upload their own videos, e.g. modified versions of existing ones. The objective is twofold: first, students are motivated to produce good presentations which respect the quality requirements of "teachingkids.eu". Secondly, students explain items or issues to other students in their own words and gestures. This helps them to set "landmarks" and to better memorize and understand the topic.
Our E-Librarian Service is able to retrieve multimedia resources from a knowledge base in a more efficient way than by browsing through an index, or by using a simple keyword search. In our E-Librarian Service, the user can enter his question in a very simple and human way; in natural language (NL). The returned results are then logical consequences of an inference rather than of keyword matchings.
Our E-Librarian Service was implemented prototypically in three different educational tools. A first prototype is CHESt (Computer History Expert System); it has a knowledge base with 300 multimedia clips that cover the main events in computer history. A second prototype is MatES (Mathematics Expert System); it has a knowledge base with 115 clips that cover the topic of fractions in mathematics for secondary school w.r.t. the official school programme. All clips were recorded mainly by pupils. The third and most advanced prototype is the Lecture Butler's E-Librarain Service; it has a Web service interface to respect a service oriented architecture (SOA).
The TASK_Moniminer deals with the analysis of the students learning interest from usage data in web-based learning environments. To discover learning interests semantic technologies are used.
After STACS'97 (Lübeck) and STACS'98 (Paris), STACS'99 was taking place in Trier and used the Electronic Submission Service, too, which receives the submissions via email and puts them at the organisators' disposal. Again, the range of applications of the software developed is not at all limited to the example chosen (STACS).
The web pages of the special interest group consist mainly of a collection of current announcements - calls for papers, conference programs, open positions, links etc. - from the field of complexity theory.