Quick Take: Getting an accurate view of where your school is in terms of readiness for EdTech innovation is important. Understanding your school’s Digital DNA will help you identify the technology you need today and for tomorrow.
Is your school ready for the EdTech revolution? Edtech promises to bring learning from chalkboards to slick computer screens and more. Many transformative technologies are concentrating on education innovation such as virtual reality, online classrooms, E-books, and interactive display technologies. In the US alone $1.45 billion was raised in 2018 by EdTech startups, which will continue to inject more innovative technologies into schools. How will your school adapt? How ready is your school? Will your school be blindsided? Understanding your school’s current technology and future needs is vital. Today we will introduce you to understanding your school’s digital DNA, its components and its impact on your school’s future.
What is Digital DNA?
Let us start with defining Digital DNA. It is the ability for an organization to absorb and use digital information, tools, and technologies to the betterment of its members and progress. Therefore creating a strong synergy between the organizational, human, and technological factors in an organization.
Understanding an organization’s digital DNA is key to understanding where you are now and creating a plan for the future. It is even more vital for educational institutes to understand their digital DNA as education is a major driving force in bring up pupils who are ready for major technology disruptors at their future jobs. McKinsey & Company estimates automation technologies alone will affect 1.2 billion employees in the near future. Schools need to be ready to accept and adapt to technological trends.
Understanding Educational Digital DNA
Digital DNA applies to education in similar ways as to an organization. Educational Digital DNA is defined as the ability of an educational institution to absorb and use digital information, tools, and technologies to the betterment of its educators and students. Therefore creating a strong synergy between the organizational, human, and technological factors in an educational institution.
The building blocks of Educational Digital DNA
Many factors in education need to be understood for a school to comprehend its digital DNA profile. Each digital DNA component is created by the linkage of many other factors interconnected to create a whole sequence. There are three main components: administration technologies, classroom technologies, and individual teacher/student technologies. These are further broken down to smaller components including:
● Student devices
● Teacher devices
● Classroom software
● Classroom hardware
● Course management programs
● Campus internet connection
● Campus security (cyber and location)
● Online/digital learning platforms
● Assessment solutions
● Digital course content
● Administration technology
To understand your school’s current educational digital DNA you need to assess where each component currently stands and how they work together to build your educational digital DNA. Only afterward can you start to think about your strategy for future changes.
Implementation of Educational Digital DNA editing
To be ready to create change at your school you must first create a clear understanding of your school’s current educational digital DNA. This starts with an internal assessment of your school’s digital DNA building blocks. Once this analysis is completed you can start to take steps to edit and transform your digital DNA make up.
Our suggested Educational Digital DNA Editing Sequence:
Step 1: Conduct an internal educational digital DNA building block analysis
Step 2: Review current and future trends in EdTech and its likely impact on the school
Step 3: Define current weak points, missing components, and other needed changes
Step 4: Come up with a total educational digital DNA strategy and get support from all stakeholders including administration, teachers, students, parents, and outside partners
Step 5: Start defining the implementation plan of your educational digital DNA changes. This can include the additional needed for human resources, budgets, expected results, and timelines.
Step 6: Create a plan for action by selecting solutions providers and partnerships
Educational Digital DNA Editing Challenges
It is not a small feat to implementing change in how a school is managed, how teachers educate, and how students learn. There will be many setbacks and arguments.
Some challenges schools face will come from:
● Developing Budgets: Implementing new technologies require a hefty investment of both human resources, time, and funding. The Learning Counsel estimates that schools in the US spent over 16 billion on hardware, networks and major systems software in 2018. Preparing for heavy investment in technological upgrades will be vital to driving change.
● Implementing Training: New technologies require training, practice, and acceptance into general use before it can be considered successfully implemented. Many of these resources need to be provided by solution providers who have expertise in individual EdTech fields. ViewSonic offers education solutions in digital whiteboards and more. Find out more here: https://www.viewsonic.com/education/
● Developing High Technology IQ: Many new technologies are complicated and will need much explaining and convincing before people can fully understand its need, use and application.
● The Readiness of Acceptance: To create change is not a one-person game. To instill lasting change you will need the help of school the administration, teachers, students, and parents. School must ensure that the EdTech they implement actually gets used.
How to get started in understanding your Educational Digital DNA?
Before starting any major EdTech projects your school should start by clearly understanding your current educational digital DNA. ViewSonic offers a free 5-minute online quiz to start you on your journey. Start today!
Learn more about Digital DNA by downloading our Whitepaper.