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Teachers want digitisation - but lack the tools

the Teacher Isak Skogstad writes that the new digitaliseringsstrategin in school must be stopped. He believes that it will have a negative impact on students ' learning outcomes, as and digital skills. Among other things, he sees the goal that all students ”be given the opportunity to develop adequate digital skills” as particularly problematic. Also that they receive ”equal access to digital tools”.

But the pupils equal rights to knowledge is not problematic – it is a question of democracy. It is also important to consider the digitisation of a contemporary and future context.

Even at the university level is a social recruitment where predominantly the children of highly educated parents select engineering courses. Earlier in the year pointed Education out skolsegregationen as a crucial issue for the future in a new report. The right to digital and technical skills should not be about who you are or where you live – yet it is just that.

Fortunately, most people think teachers that digitisation is positive. The fall semester of 2018 started the new additions on digital competence in the curricula as to which imposes greater demands on schools and teachers.

It shows that nine out of ten primary school teachers think it is relevant with the increased focus on digital competence in teaching. As many want to enhance their own digital skills. However, what is alarming is that one in every three primary school teachers lack the tools to promote pupils ' digital skills. One out of four feel they do not have sufficient in-house knowledge. Therefore, it is important to strengthen the teachers. Better conditions for teachers mean better knowledge for the students. Where can I and Skogstad enough to agree.

To ensure that all pupils are given the same conditions is a complex challenge. But more than the school can contribute with solutions. The technical museum's ongoing integration projects, Maker of the Tour – programming in the school is a successful example of how schools, businesses and the museum can work together. Training effort is directed to schools in disadvantaged areas in Stockholm.

. Lärarintroduktion, workshops in school and at the museum, and lovverksamhet are some parts in the training effort. In the evaluations according to both students and teachers that they strengthened their digital skills and increased their interest in technology. Science centre the Technical museum also operates similar projects at the national level.

the Digitization of the school is important and all students must be given the same opportunity to knowledge. It is this issue, which should be the focus of the debate. Digital literacy is fundamentally a question of democracy. And an important one.

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