The Joint Research Centre (JRC) recently published a new study entitled “What did we learn from schooling practices during the COVID-19 lockdown?”. Aim of the study was to obtain different perspectives about the remote schooling experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, collecting insights from various groups, namely students, parents, teachers and school leaders.

A total of 150 key stakeholders from five Member States ((Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Italy and Poland) were interviewed that represent different degrees of readiness to use digital technologies in education. Study participants answered questions related to their experience and perceptions on: unequal access to education, learning tools and content available and put in place through urgent measures, digital and social and emotional competences to face and develop remote schooling, the assessmentand certification of students’ learning progress, as well as their psychological well-being.

Study results show that full-time remote education with the current state of infrastructure and accessibility of equipment would aggravate existing inequalities, especially for some groups of children who were prevented from attending classes delivered online. Moreover, the study highlighted that parents, teachers and educational staff need more advanced digital competence, in order to make remote schooling successful.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “The Digital Education Action Plan, adopted just a few months ago, responds to what we have learned during the COVID-19 crisis. During the last year technology has being used at an unprecedented scale in education and training, and continuing and improving it will make education and training systems fit for the digital age. The findings of this report will feed into this process leading to a modern, safe and equal education environment for our children.”

Read the whole report here

More information on the Digital Education Action Plan here

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