Framework for the Digital maturity of schools in Croatia
According to an article from Total Croatia News, the pilot-project “e-Schools: Establishing a System of Development of Digitally Mature Schools” implemented by the Faculty of Organization and Informatics of the University of Zagreb, in cooperation with the Croatian Academic Research Network (CARNet), has resulted in a 10% increase of digital maturity of primary and secondary schools in the country. The program, which has been implemented since 2015, has benefited more than 7,000 teachers, 23,000 students, and has been leveraged to provide equipment to 151 schools.
During its second phase to take place between 2019 and 2022, the Science and Education Ministry will extend its support to raise ICT maturity in more schools around the country. As explained by Science and Education Minister Blazenka Divjak, the project will also support current efforts to teach information science as a compulsory subject for fifth and sixth graders in order to increase problem-solving skills, programming knowledge and on-line security of the nation’s children.
As part of the program, the organizers are also currently elaborating a Framework for Digital Maturity of Schools to define the areas and levels of maturity in educational institutions. This document is intended to be used as a guide to plan and integrate ICT into learning and teaching, supporting policy creators and decision makers to improve the digital maturity of schools. It is divided in five areas: leadership, planning and management; ICT in learning and teaching; development of digital competencies; ICT culture; and ICT resources and infrastructure.