Last year the Swedish government introduced a national digitization plan for schools. The plan includes that the local authorities should offer a workable digital infrastructure as well as a detailed strategy for adapting schools to the digital society’s requirements. In a new book by Åke Grönlund, Professor of Informatics and Matilda Wiklund at the Örebro University, the authors identify this foundation for the digitization of school as a bottleneck.
During three years the researchers have followed five schools with access to technology, competence development for teachers and digital teaching applications. The purpose was to improve the knowledge of the benefits and obstacles to using digital tools and content in education. Where one of the general conclusions are that the general strategy of the national digitization of school leads to a digital divide. Since the access to digital infrastructure and tools completely depends on if the municipality prioritises this. The conclusion is that how well equipped the pupil will be for the digital society when she leaves school depends on which municipality she has lived in. The authors mean that the government now must start putting pressure on municipalities that are lagging behind to start to equalize the gap. Source: forskning.se
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