French Education Digital Strategy "School is changing with digital"
The biggest National Digital plan for education ever
In order to achieve this ambition, a large-scale digital plan for education was announced by French President François Hollande on 7 May 2015. The aim is to mainstream digital technology (in schools) at the start of the 2016 school year (September), with priority given to the first secondary school classes. The plan includes a phase called «foreshadowing» in 2015; this will involve the provision of educational resources and services on individual mobile devices in September 2015 to pupils in their eighth year at ISCED 2 (12 years old) and their teachers in 600 secondary middle and primary schools, with a focus on priority education areas.
This plan is based on the lessons learned from the large-scale experiments carried out to foreshadow the generalization of digital technology in schools planned for 2016.
The digital plan is therefore a Presidential Priority as announced by François Hollande. Furthermore it is one of the main elements in the middle school reforms initiated last May by the minister of education. The Ministry of Education and regional/local public authorities are working together and jointly mobilising financial resources.
1 billion euros in public investment over the next 3 years for Digital Education development
In order to implement the national plan and in order to succeed in transforming teaching and learning practices with digital technology four pillars have been identified: training, equipment, resources and innovation.
This strategy is embodied in the creation of the digital educational public service, as provided for in the new legislation of 8 July 2013 "rebuilding the School of the Republic", which should help schools achieve the fundamental tasks of education and empowerment.