10 years KidSmart funding scheme: ‘With the mouse I know !’ On April 8, 2010 – the Wiener kindergarten Gudrunstrasse in Vienna’s 10th municipal district has received a KidSmart Learning computer Vienna, 10 years ago as the first Austrian kindergarten for his children. Since then, IBM Austria has donated 240 colorful KidSmarts of Viennese kindergartens. Christian Oxonitsch, Vienna City Council of education, Leo Steiner, General Manager IBM Austria and Gunter Popek, head of public sector at IBM Austria, congratulate the 1 KidSmart kindergarten for the anniversary. “Education begins for us in kindergarten and in the broad sense: along with social skills, language and motor skills is also child-friendly deal with technologies that today quite naturally belong to our everyday lives”, Wiener educational Councilman Christian Oxonitsch stressed. In the KidSmart funding scheme we allow access to the computer especially educated layers. Because without computer knowledge, you deteriorate Opportunities in the labour market considerably”, describes Leo Steiner, General Manager IBM Austria, the successful cooperation with the city of Vienna. “Our task in the nursery school is to promote the skills of children and strengthen. The Vienna Plan of Education serves as the basis.
With the KidSmart, which enjoys the children of great popularity, the methods and media have expanded for the educators”, says Gabriele Zeller, Director of the Wiener kindergarten Gudrunstrasse. Already 170 Viennese kindergartens participate donation a child-friendly learning computer thanks to IBM in the KidSmart funding program. Over 700 Vienna educators accompany almost 20,000 children aged 3-6 in their first steps on the computer. Playful, the educators with the KidSmart software provide the basic knowledge of mathematics and science. Also the creativity comes not too short: paint and make music fun the children also to the KidSmart Learning computer! KidSmart in Austria and around the world: all 9 provinces participate in the KidSmart programme and have for nearly 700 kindergarten total 890 KidSmart Learning computer in use.
Thus, 3,000 kindergarten teachers employ the learning computer for 70.800 children. Austria is one of 60 countries worldwide that support program participates in this IBM. Overall, IBM donated 42,000 learning computer for 10 million children in the past 10 years. IBM Austria