The efforts and the work of the eTwinning community have been recognised in the recently published Eurydice report “Digital Education at School in Europe”. The role of eTwinning is particularly relevant in the context of support measures available to teachers as a part of the continued development of tech-specific digital competences (p.58).
To assess the state of digital education, Eurydice analysed 43 European Education systems, predominantly primary and general secondary education in the 2018/2019 school year. It starts by exploring the concept as defined in a number of European policies, the role it plays in European education systems, and the challenges of digital teaching and learning.
The report addresses four main questions:
- Do school curricula address the need of developing digital competence?
- Are our teachers ready to face the challenge?
- How are digital technologies used in national tests?
- What are the main policies and strategies put in place by authorities to align education to a technology rich world?
Providing the answers to the questions, the report illustrates various aspects of the Digital Education curricula. Starting from the indicators of development of both students' and teachers’ digital competence(s), through the assessment of the same and the use of technology for the assessment as such. In its final part, the report explores the strategic approaches to digital education, particularly focusing on the relevant policies available to the schools.
In conclusion, the report combines two different yet complementary perspectives: the development of digital competences for learners and teachers, and the concrete application of digital technologies to learning and teaching practices.
The report includes the annexes, which provide more in-depth country reports.