There is no doubt that digital transformation is affecting the world around us, and that it has an impact on education. It is vital for schools to realise the influence of a digital world on their students – and take steps to ensure they are making the most of their digital investments. The Microsoft Education Guide details a proven approach to the transformation of students – describing it as a “critically important opportunity”. It also explores the stumbling blocks of this transformation, and how a research and experience-driven Education Framework can help overcome these.
Microsoft worked with 130 leading policymakers and academics across the globe to evaluate the studies of schools, districts, and countries “Where learning transformation initiatives have made dramatic improvements.” The research helped identify what processes work, and what doesn’t – and they found that the most successful ways to influence students in a digital era is with a holistic, methodical, and systematic approach. It is also good to realise that change is incremental and that starting points are flexible from school to school. To inspire discussion and help educators understand how to influence student success in a modern era, they must first:
- Have a vision for Change: By developing a clear and concise vision that is shared by school leaders and other stakeholders, educators can create momentum and long-term impact across their campus.
- Strategic Planning: Once a vision is understood, teams can program a management approach and utilise quality assurance metrics to establish good governance models.
- Inclusion and Accessibility: Not all students and classes have access to the same tools and services. Schools should support social inclusion by making technology more accessible – which also involves customising interfaces and tools for students with special needs.
- Leadership Development: Learning has changed thanks to advances in technology, and teachers should be encouraged to share ideas and strategies that motivate students and their peers.
- Personalised Learning: More than ever, we understand the importance of personalised, holistic learning to unlock a students’ sense of purpose and inspire greater achievement. Immersive experiences, and engaging with the digital technology that students are already acquainted with that significantly enhance this process.
- Curriculums: In line with personalised learning, students need multifaceted learning content that helps evaluate their competencies as the leaders of a digitally driven world. This means helping them understand not only the world around them but how it is evolving and how they can take part in that evolution as successful leaders and digital citizens.
Making it Possible
With these steps taken into consideration, schools can begin to understand not only how to use digital transformation to their advantage, but also how to utilise it to improve engagement with students, their peers, and their teachers. This can be done by developing purpose-driven and accessible learning spaces that allow for flexible learning choices. This might involve using the Internet of Things and cloud data analytics to manage complex school environments, improve security – and offer immersive learning to students. As mentioned before, the starting point for digital transformation is flexible, and when it comes to students, they are already engaged in a digitally saturated world.
It is essential to enable collaboration and communication across campuses and facilitate learning in a way that integrates with a modern environment rather than working against it. There is no one set way to do this and schools should be examining their goals before taking the first step.
If you need help with this process, MOQdigital can lend a hand. We can help you find where you’re at, what you can do, and how to make the most out of your technological investments. Get in touch today and ensure student success tomorrow.