Due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the GEI library will be closed from 16 March 2020 until further notice. The loan period for materials already out on loan may be extended. In addition the GEI has cancelled all events until 30 April and is not allowing any visitors onto the premises during this period. Read more

Policy Briefs


Schools are closed due to the coronavirus. Many schools have therefore turned to electronic teaching methods. But what does this mean in practice? What decisions need to be made and how can digital educational media be used to support teachers, pupils and parents? In our blog from ‘The Basement’ lab we are collecting ideas and impressions from research and practice on the new ‘normal’ in schools. Read more

Virtual Classrooms

Teachers all over Germany are facing the challenge of having to continue lessons despite schools being closed. Our online platform ‘Zwischentöne (Nuances) – Teaching materials for classroom diversity’ provides digital content that pupils can easily use from home. There are modules for politics, history, geography and ethics/religious studies. Read more

Homeschooling in der Coronakrise

Felicitas Macgilchrist (GEI) beobachtet derzeit die Bildungsszene in der Coronakrise und wurde vom "Tagesspiegel" zu den Entwicklungen digitaler Bildungsmedien in Zeiten geschlossener Schulen interviewt. Ob digitale Wege des Unterrichtens, Lernplattformen oder virtuelle Lehrerzimmer. Die Bildungsforscherin gibt Einblicke in ein Forschungsfeld, dessen Relevanz dieser Tage allgegenwärtig ist.

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Award ceremony for ‘The Textbook of the Year 2020’ postponed.

The education fair didacta, which was due to be held in Stuttgart from 24 to 28 March this year, has been cancelled as part of the response to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The announcement of the 2020 textbook prize, scheduled to take place at didacta on 24 March, will consequently no longer take place. Alternative dates for didacta, as well as the announcement of the ‘Textbook of the... Read more

Shifts in learning Culture: Digital initiative in schools in Lower Saxony

In February the Georg Eckert Institute launched a new interdisciplinary project called ‘How the digital shift affects living and learning: Ethnographic studies of schools and teaching (LernDiWa). The project is financed by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture. Read more