The digital maturity of schools is a concept of the strategic use of information and communication technologies in schools, which is planned and implemented at the level of the school as an organisation, in accordance with local and state policies. The European Commission has recognised the importance of this concept and, through its policies and initiatives, systematically encourages the development of the digital maturity of schools. Through activities within the e-Schools programme, the digital maturity of schools is systematically developed and their progress is monitored.
The Framework for the Digital Maturity of Schools consists of five areas and five levels of maturity:
|Digitally unaware||Digital beginners||Digitally competent||Digitally advanced||Digitally mature|
|Leadership, planning and management|
|ICT in learning and teaching|
|Development of digital competences|
As defined in the e-Schools programme, digitally mature schools are schools on a high level of integration of ICT in their life and work. Digitally mature schools have a systematised approach to ICT use in school planning and management, as well as in their educational and business processes. Such schools operate in a supportive environment, with adequate resources, including not only the financial ones, but also adequate ICT equipment for classrooms, laboratories, teachers and students. Digitally mature schools systematically approach the development of the digital competences of the educational staff and students, whereas the former use ICT for improving their teaching styles, through which the teaching focuses on the students, for the development of digital educational content and for evaluating the students’ achievements, in accordance with the learning outcomes and educational objectives. There is a developed cooperation between the staff and the students, as well as between the school and other stakeholders, realised through the use of online communication tools and e-services, which includes the participation of the school in projects related to the use of ICT.
In this phase of the project, only schools included into the pilot project are invited to do the self-evaluation, but it has been envisaged that later all schools will be provided this opportunity.