Dieter Umlauf

Pedagogue und APD-Trainer



“Today’s dogma is tomorrow’s error!"


My personal credo can be summed up by the Latin proverb “Carpe Diem!”: I have a very positive attitude towards life, I am consequently very fond of encountering new challenges and of exploring new grounds.

This basically is what makes me tick. Although curiosity has probably killed quite a few cats it has always done me good and has always been a motivation for most of my enterprises. In 1984 I bumped into the  most fascination thing ever: I made the acquaintance of the the father of all Macs, and immediately fell in love with its programmes like MacWrite, MacPain and MacDraw and - on top of all the legendary “RagTime” application which - already then - were way ahead of their time … . But the system-price of more than 10.000 German Marks seemed to make this dream pretty unaffordable at first.

In 1986 I finally succeeded in raising the money for a second-hand 1984 MacIntosh Plus which was my ticket into the Mac-universe. Ever since the Mac has been a good companion wherever my teaching assignments took me. It helped me to file, categorize and develop tons of teaching materials that I can still fall back on today. The multi-media design even made it possible to enrich my lessons with photos and films.

I was fortunate to be an eyewitness of the first two decades of this amazing and rapid revolution of what is called the multi-media temper and I am still trying to keep pace with the development. Although computing can also be quite edgy sometimes, I have never stopped enjoying the power and the creativity it gives you. This is exactly what I am trying to communicate to my colleagues and to my students.

We live in a digital world and our future will be coined by computers even more than our present, this is why pedagogues must face up to the challenges and adopt the new technologies so that they are able to teach pupils - who are “digital natives” - to deal with the lures of the medial-word in a conscious and responsible way.


Central aspects

Modern teaching environments







iPad Classes

Don't talk about technology work with it intuitively!

The iPad is a means, not an end; and teaching with the iPad is not merely the "digital celebration" of special moments. Using the iPad in class simply means to implement a uniquely versatile teaching tool - better than paper, pencil and books - that can be applied whenever it makes sense and whenever you gain an added value by and through its use. 

IOS 8 - that comes with the iPad - is famous for its multi-media integration - all the apps are geared and turn the device into a Swiss Army Knife that is always at hand. So - Instead of taking your class to the PC-room of your facility, you simply tell them to flip their iPads and they can do research, they can communicate with each other and they can even work collaboratively in a hands-on-fashion.

Thanks to the robust design, its seamless multi-media integration and its excellent connectivity there are many ways of making use of the iPad's potentials in the classroom in almost any subject. And the best thing about it is: it simply works. Digital teaching tools must be dead simple or they are simply dead!

Operating System

It is a fact that not even the best technology can replace a devoted teacher, but technology is ubiquitous in our modern world. This is why teachers today must adapt to the children's real world experience and must also adopt new practices acknowledging both, the art and science of learning.

With a device like the iPad Students learn to work collaboratively and independently and they can easily be made familiar with  propaedeutic skills that are essential for their later careers of for their academic studies. The implementation of the iPad is only limited by the range of imagination and offers many chances for modern and innovative teaching.

The implementation of the iPad is only limited by the range of imagination and offers many chances for modern and innovative teaching. All the documents produces on an iPad can also be also opened, edited and saved on a standard PC as Pages, Keynote and Numbers - which are free of charge  and come bundled with every iPad - are fully compatible to their Microsoft equivalents. 

Software Suite

Schools that have introduced iPad-classes as a “One-to-one-model” or as a lend and lease model will soon find out that the advantages of working with the iPad are real and not the promise of some clever marketing engineers. The seamless integration into existing networks, its cross-platform connectivity and the easy way of administration and software distribution are unrivaled and give school the possibility of working with the technology instead of talking about it. 
Most schools do not have a system administrator of their own and this is why digital nodes have to be reliable, robust and immune to Virus attacks. Then, administration and software distribution must be as simple and as effective as possible, too. 

A simple freeware tool called “Configurator”  and Apple’s MDM (Mass Device Management) and SUS (Single User SingIn) make these dreams come true. Only one Apple ID is needed for the entire school and all the iPads can be equipped with apps from the App Store.


System Configuration


"Scio nescio" Sokrates


Julius Maximilian Universität

Würzburg - Zwischenprüfung 1982-1984

 Right form the beginning of my studies I was fascinated by the digital world that began to develop and took shape in form of the famous Atari-PCs and the first Macs.

My subjects German, English and my elective subject Computer Sciences predestined me to seek the challenge of getting to know how this new medium ticks - at a time when standard Desktop PCs were rare and exotic and could only process data very slowly. The University of Würzburg already had a few of these devices that ran MS-DOS but their existence was only perceived by a few nerds.
When I did my first semesters in Würzburg the computer only played a subordinate role, but a good friend and fellow student of mine already possessed a second-hand Mac of the first generation and a matrix printer which I could use for my papers and reports. This was a quantum leap in the production of academic writing.

I enrolled in Prof. Dr. Standop’s seminar “Form and Shape of academic writing” and was impressed by the beauty of the formal language a document can have. And formatting was certainly one of the strongpoints of the WYSIWYG interface and of the early programs of the Mac with its unique typology.




Philipps Univeristät

Marburg - 1. Staatsexamen 1988

The skills that I had acquired at Julius Maximililan University in Würzburg concerning the format of scientific writing soon became handy in Marburg where I wrote my first state examination in Mr. Guenter Hamel’s tutor group who used to be the associate dean of the faculty.

The University of Marburg was very advanced in the employment of modern media: Seminars like “Sport Reports in Radio and TV” by Brandt or “Horror and Phantasy in Literature and in Modern Films” by Koebner were special highlights and were really paving the way towards multi media didactics. What impressed me most was a complete video studio and an extensive collection of movie adaptation of famous literary works.

Having recognized the importance of the modern media for school and for teaching in general, Prof. Dr. Freudenstein, who taught didactics in Marburg, always encouraged his students to adopt those new technologies. 

His Seminar “Forms of Interactions in class” familiarized his students with medial skills covering aspects like video analysis, language lab and computer skills. Even at this early stage of the digital revolution Prof. Dr. Darenberg counted on the medial competence of the teachers he student teachers he taught.

Equipped with those skills I then began my internship at Winfriedschule in Fulda.




"Why join the Navy if you can be a pirate!" Steve Jobs


St. Josefs-Gymnasium

Biesdorf (Studienassessor) : 1988 - 1994

Right after my internship in Fulda, I was lucky to find a decent job offer at St. Josefs-Gymnasium in Biesdorf. This church related public  school is located in the middle of the idyllic Eifel and is located in the middle of the county Bitburg-Prüm. When arriving there I was surprised to find a Mediathek, a complete video editing system and even a brand new computer lab! 





Fulda (Studienrat): 1994 - 1999

Back in Fulda I was assigned to take care of the school magazine and the school yearbook. So I took to  training the pupils and some members of the staff. WE quickly build up our own editorial department and  a room equipped with 4 Macs so that we could edit the print jobs with QuarkXPress. During my time at Marienschule the school magazine won a couple of prizes in local school magazine competition.




Fulda (Oberstudienrat): 1999 ->

In 1999 I got a transfer to Freiherr-vom-Stein-Schule and got promoted there. The school offered me a job as public relations official which I gladly accepted. In the course of time I turned the static homepage into a dynamic CSS based site using the ModX framework. From 2010 until 2012 I was responsible for the “Edunex” school project and finally established a “one-2-one” iPad-Class in 2012.




Katholische Akademie, Trier (Dozent) 1990 - 1994

In the course of the youth press campaign of Rheinland Pfalz I got delegated to the academy in Trier where I signed responsible for workshops and seminars for the editorial staff of the school magazines in the district of Trier. Between 1990 and 1994 I organized and held four five-day seminars at the academy covering theoretical basics but also inquiry practical press work and the digital edition of the final paper itself. 



Hochschule Fulda

IT-English (Dozent) 1994 - 2012

When trying to build up a network for the DTP Desk Top Publishing) -study group at Freiherr-vom-Stein-Schule I became acquainted with the Hochschule Fulda. The language department offered me a 2 lesson teaching load and I taught IT- and electrical engineering students in English conveying the shop languages of these fields of study in English. Students had the option of taking a CEFR-exam after 4 semesters.




Freelancer, bundesweit

In 2010 I began to plan the implementation of an iPad class at Freiherr-von-Stein-Schule and made myself familiar with Apples APD-program Apple Professional Developer Trainer). In 2012 I applied for an APD job and became bestowed with the official title the same year. Since then I have had the opportunity of giving quite a few Seminars and workshops in the major German cities and universities.



Media Consultant

Schulamt Fulda 2014 ->

With the beginning of the new school year I got a transfer to the supervisory school authority Fulda where I have the function of a media consultant for the secondary schools in the school district Fulda. I Hope that this new job will offer quite a few good chances of promoting the use of digital media in the secondary schools. So stay tuned to find out more  … .


"Love the things you do - do the things you love!"

Survey of Activities

  • Einweihung iPad-Klasse
  • Referat Prof. Dr. Thissen
  • Tech-Series
  • ZUM-Bootcamp Blossin
  • Apple-Tech-Series
  • Seminar-Goethe Uni
  • Fachtagung Medien
  • Time 4 Kids Eschborn
  • Medientag an der FvSS
  • Medientag FvSS
  • IS-Hamburg
  • BETT London
  • Didacta 2013
  • Paducation Ismaning
  • Uni Karlsruhe

Links and References

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Online Repository for my pupils

ModX based website with an Moodle pluin as an online database with lesson plans and teaching materials.

ModX-Tutorial for DTP-study-group

ModX Evolution Tutorials compiled for the students of DTP-Study-group  ModX-Tutorial der DTP-AG

Official website of the iPad-classes of FvSS

 Website and bulletin board for parents and students of the iPad-classes of FvSS:


Umlauf Induction-technologies - individual, custom made production of inducors and accessories

"Learning & Media"

Website launched by Prof. Dr. Frank Thissen,  Informationsdesign, Medienhochschule, Stuttgart. Link zur Website

“Mobile Learning & School”

This eBook focuses on the possibilities that the iPad offers for modern teaching in school. Download eBook

Studium Digitale, Goethe University

Link to "studiumdigitale", official eLearning-platform of Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt Studium Digitale

OBCC - Fulda

Development of custom-made learning apps for the German school market

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