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The Digitalpakt 2.0 (running until 2030) is intended to advance the digitalisation of schools quickly and sustainably. This is not only about the acquisition of new digital end devices, but also explicitly about the replacement of obsolete technology, device maintenance and administration. This is progress because, of course, the procurement of tablets alone is not enough. There is an urgent need for operating, service and training concepts that not only ensure the secure and long-term use of the hardware, but also enable teachers to concentrate on their educational mission—and to integrate digital solutions in the process.
The fundamental challenges in the digitalisation of educational institutions are the same. Nevertheless, each project is challenging and must be considered individually. What is needed, in addition to secure financing, are comprehensive and long-term economic concepts. If the framework conditions are right, the infrastructure is set up, hardware is procured and put into operation. In addition, there are pedagogical plans as well as permanent operating, service and security concepts for the use of data protection-compliant, digital teaching and learning materials.
The fact that politicians have anchored this crucial point in the coalition agreement is a milestone for the digital future of our schools, because, by professionally ensuring the operation of the entire school IT, digitisation projects become more sustainable. Teachers do not have to worry about security, backups or updates; in addition, the school administration is relieved. With the renewed Digitalpakt 2.0, the entire spectrum of IT products and IT services is available to schools and universities. Which means, after an individual consultation, a holistic concept can be designed and thus calculated to fit exactly—for example, to decide which services should remain in-house and which should be commissioned from IT companies as a service.
Another requirement of a holistic transformation in schools is to bring together the different parties. Transparent exchange is important to create a common understanding of the respective goals and interests. Through this discourse, those responsible from the administration and public education providers can master the challenges of digitalisation projects together with partners from business, and successfully shape the individual implementation in an ecologically as well as socially sustainable way. The service, counselling and networking offers mentioned in the coalition agreement are of this nature.
Bechtle is excellently positioned to accompany schools on the path to future-oriented education. We have a great deal of experience in this area in a wide variety of projects and are prepared to take on responsibility in order to create modern learning spaces quickly, reliably and professionally from the opportunities offered in the Digitalpakt.
responsible for schools in the Public Sector
This post was published on May 24, 2022.