Inclusion of Digital Technologies in the School of Catalonia, Spain. Consequences of the Compulsive Implementation of the 1x1 Project: "Escuela 2.0"

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 09:45
Location: Hörsaal 15 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Pablo RIVERA, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Nowadays we are experiencing a growing phenomenon of overcrowding and inclusion of digital technologies in key areas of our lives. However, a reflective and democratic basis has not always been given to this process. Compulsive initiatives have also proliferated, demonstrating the existence of a deterministic trend regarding its use, imposing the debate about the need and real use of them.
This situation tends to increase in education area, where the inclusion of digital technologies in the classroom is generating profound institutional andpedagogical changes. An emblematic case of this is the "Escuela2.0" project, that was implemented by the Spanish Government in 2009 in order topromote the digitization of the classroom in the first secondary years and in some primary schools. This digitalization was executed providing infrastructureand equipment as well as training and advice to the teachers. However, given the rejection generated by its compulsive execution by part of the educational community and the deep economic crisis lived in Spain in 2012, the project was canceled. As consequence, hundreds of schools were left adrift with the obligation to manage the project by themselves.
The process and the results obtained during the execution of the doctoral research entitled "Between innovation and transience in the technological education policies: analysis of the impact of the "Escuela2.0" project in Catalonia" are described in this paper. The actions that have been promoted byschools and the administration once the project was closed are analyzed. In addition, emphasis is placed on the analysis of the consequences of carrying out a public policy of this type in a compulsively way. The research was carried out through a study case in the Salvador Espriu High School, located in Barcelona which is a reference center about the inclusion of digital technologies in the classroom.