The digitalisation, miniaturisation, portability and interconnectedness of media dynamically influence virtually all parts of society. The new digital media have complex implications for all education stakeholders regarding the form, content, means and basic conditions of education. Teaching how to use digital media in a sensible way related to daily life, work and life in general – which represents a central cultural technology – has become an important task in the various areas of education.
However, it is difficult to test the skills required to use digital media, the critical reflection of their use as well as their significance with regard to whether the use of digital media is effective for teaching and learning. There is no assured data or knowledge that serves as a basis for the design of proper media education within educational institutions or education policy regulations. Such a basis would allow anyone to make use of the opportunities of professional, cultural and social participation associated with the new digital media.