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Digital Learning in Estonia - visit by UK Education Department

07.02.2017

UK Education Department is visiting Estonia to find out more about digital learning possibilities and tools, also how does policy environment support digitalization of schools.

Innove hosted the delegation today and made an introduction about developing new learning and assessment tools by answering to the main two questions:

  • Which assessment tools are currently being tested?
  • Which digital tools are used in schools?

 

Speakers: Aivar Ots, Ministry of Education and Research, Tanel Oppi,Lea Orro, Einar Rull Innove, Margus Pedaste, University of Tartu.


Why Estonia?

‘When Estonia regained its independence in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, less than half its population had a telephone line and its only independent link to the outside world was a Finnish mobile phone concealed in the foreign minister's garden. Two decades later, it is a world leader in technology.’ (The Economist, 30 July 2013)

 

Digital skills are increasingly important for society and for the economy, and preparation for this should begin in the school system. There is a recognition that international curricula and practice need to change in order to meet the need for digital skills.

Estonia is considered one of the technology leaders of the world, and the school system presents a stimulating context in which to explore, with local policy makers and practitioners, effective support for digital learning. Using digital tools to improve teaching and learning, and supporting the digital competence of teachers and students is a broad based, long-term priority for the school system; and digital learning is one of the five core priorities of Estonia’s Lifelong Learning Strategy (2014-2020).

 

Since 2014, this priority has been reflected in various aspects of the school system:

  • Changes to the national curriculum
  • Supporting teacher skills through Initial Teacher Training and Continuing Professional Development
  • Providing students and teachers with the necessary digital tools
  • Revising assessment frameworks and exams
  • Providing funding to all of the above