The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of Chaco is working on a project for a Digital Education Law for the province, in search of a digital educational system so that each student and each teacher can effectively have the necessary resources for optimal development . The educational portfolio wants to establish digital education as a State policy, promoting digital teaching and learning environments for each and every student in the province.
The process began knowing and evaluating ideas and proposals from the educational community. From October 19 to 23, during the Digital Education Week “Challenges and Opportunities”, the challenges faced by the State, the educational community and society to consolidate a digital education system in the province were discussed and analyzed.
TOWARDS THE DIGITAL EDUCATION LAW
The Undersecretary of Educational Planning, Juan Martín Fernández, said: “It was unavoidable to share this issue and make use of the experience acquired in this atypical year, which accelerated the implementation of Digital Education.” He added that “the world is moving towards Digital Education and it is necessary to guarantee the foundations for our students in the province,” since “Digital Education provides quality and equity.”
CONCLUSIONS OF THE INSTITUTIONAL DEBATE
The Digital Education Week ended with a day of debate in establishments of different educational levels and modalities in which the teachers discussed and analyzed their challenges and opportunities. They placed special emphasis on connectivity inside and outside the classroom, and prioritizing: the incorporation of technological resources and digital infrastructure, and teacher training, especially in the pedagogical use of Information and Communication Technologies. They also asked to have technical support for the use and maintenance of the equipment.
The strengthening of the Extended Day was also rescued, not only with Comprehensive Sexual Education (SE), Environmental Education, Art and Culture; also with Programming and Robotics. The design of new class formats was specified, with the incorporation and use of technologies and a variety of activities. During the conference, managers and teachers warned that the context poses new demands and challenges for educational institutions, and that schools must be strengthened.
DIGITAL EDUCATION AS A STATE POLICY
From the Ministry of Education, each of the contributions arising from the institutional debate are considered significant, constructive and positive, which establish the bases for the design of a Digital Education Law project, with inclusive characteristics, of territorial relevance and that can be established as a state policy.
The Digital Education System is committed to creating bridges and enriching the teaching and learning experience, for which it is key to establish the bases of the architecture of the system and the political, curricular and pedagogical principles, to address Digital Education as a system.
The Undersecretariat of Educational Planning, Science and Technology carried out studies on the situation of the Chaco in terms of Digital Education, and the results indicate structural challenges of infrastructure and equipment, such as the lack of internet connection in schools (64% do not have) . Although most establishments have technological devices, their use for educational purposes is very low.
Undersecretary Fernández said: “We know that there are many aspects in which we must work hard, since thinking about a digital-based system mainly implies connectivity, technological resources, training, people specialized in technological aspects in schools and others, and for everything We believe this is essential to have a legal framework that regulates Digital Education in the province ”.
Betting on Digital Education implies reducing the structural gap in equipment, connectivity and teacher training. That is why a Digital Education Law is essential, which supports each achievement in this line and strengthens the system each year.
The work of the Ministry of Education aims to contemplate every aspect, so together with ECOM Chaco it seeks to guarantee Internet connection in schools. It also promotes specific training with the `ELE` platform, and distributes technological resources (Juana Manso Federal Plan). The development of digital educational proposals through `ELE` has begun, among other policies towards the realization of the digital educational system.
Finally, Undersecretary Fernández stressed that “the work carried out by teachers during all this time in Digital Education is invaluable, the pandemic accelerated processes and the educational community made its best effort.” In addition, he pointed out: “The points that emerged from the debate are those that we also consider to be priorities to consolidate a Digital Education System, in which the law plays a key role.”