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The Nelson Mandela School Cool Tools are collected, shared and written by NMS teacher and Head of IT Annemieke Akkermans. Her favourite cool tools for educators are interactive, promote engaged learning, are free of charge and don’t require the creation of an account. Check out the latest Cool Tool!


An increasing number of students worldwide work with digital portfolios to capture their learning. Seesaw is a tool (web-based and app) that makes the process of capturing and sharing student work a great deal easier. The basic functions are free for teachers - and Seesaw promises that this will always remain the case. Within 10 minutes an account is made and your digital classroom created. Better use first names only or even nicknames, in order to protect your students’ privacy. You post your first activity and the students get going, using classroom tablets or their own devices. There is a growing Activity Library that you can use as well, it contains some great ideas! Students can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. They can for instance take a picture from their journal and use the microphone to record their voice-over. You can also import directly from most popular apps like Google Apps. There is no need for students to use an email address, as the sign in can be done by scanning a QR code or by typing in a text code that is generated for the class. Another cool tool therefore!

Details for 16.11.2017, 04.12.2017, 12.02.2018, 22.03.2018 and 23.03.2018 are below.

No school 2017-2018 (pdf)

Why don’t you get your class to create a wonderful coding project and Participate in the Coding Cup 2018? Details here:

Coding combines literacy, numeracy and creative skills, teaches problem solving and algorithmic thinking (and is great fun). Teachers, ask your students. Students, ask your teachers! Parents, bring in your expertise and host a workshop... 

Some useful links and easy to use programs can be found here:

If you want to work with a class set of Calliopes, contact Annemieke Akkermans (details).

As part of our study of Forces and Motion in Grade 6 I always ask the children to build a roller coaster demonstrating the principles of:

  1. Gravity
  2. Friction
  3. Magnetism
  4. Potential and Kinetic Energy
  5. Renewable and non renewable sources of energy
  6. Newton’s Laws of Motion

This year the roller coasters from the 6B were particularly spectacular! And the children demonstrated a deep understanding of the concepts involved. Please have a look at the photos of their work.

Janine Keller
Science teacher 6B

The Nelson Mandela School team has won the debate against the Loreto College team, from Manchester, winners of the UK Competition 2016/17. Congratulations!

The 7th Debating Matters International Final in 2017 showcased the best debaters from the UK and Berlin 2016/2017: Loretto College team from Manchester, UK, headed by Fran Tattersall, against the Nelson Mandela School team from Berlin, headed by Nihal Adler at the Battle of Ideas event at one of the most glorious venues in London – The Barbican.

Die Schule bedankt sich bei den Organisatoren des Festival of Nations für die vielen, vielen Jahre der perfekten Organisation eines der „Markenzeichen“ unserer Schule!

Frau Virginia Temper, Herr Ivos Piacentini und Frau Beate Zander-Zeidam

On Monday the 11th of September, the whole sixth grade left by bus for a class trip to Spukschloss Bahratal! When we arrived it was time for lunch and then everyone started organizing their rooms. We unpacked, made our beds and a little later our class met our coach who was going to be doing fun activities with us for the first three days. With Elizabeth our coach we started walking into the forest where we did our treasure hunt. That night we also did a night walk in the dark.

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