SELFIE (Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational Technologies) the new tool to help all schools in the EU, as well as in Russia, Georgia and Serbia, to assess how they use digital technology for teaching and learning, has been launched today by the European Commission.
Available in 24 EU languages, with more language versions to come, the tool will be offered to 76.7 million students and teachers in 250,000 schools on a voluntary basis. Any interested school (upper primary, secondary and vocational education schools) can sign up on the SELFIE platform and run the self-reflection in their school. The Commission’s goal is to reach 1 million students, teachers and school leaders by the end of 2019.
Once a school decides to use SELFIE, students, school leaders and teachers reflect on a series of short statements to assess if technology is used in teaching and learning.
The tool is modular, and schools can choose from a series of optional statements and add up to eight customised questions to suit their respective needs and priorities. The statements take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. The school then receives a tailor-made report with the results. The SELFIE School Report can then be used for a dialogue within the school community, to define steps to improve the use of digital technology for better learning. This could include, for example, specific training for teachers or support for students on issues such as online safety.
The first SELFIE conference will be organised in Madrid on 4-5 April 2019 in partnership with the Spanish Ministry of Education. The event will bring together schools from across Europe using the tool, and their experiences and feedback will be used to further improve it.
The European Commission will also develop support materials for schools, to help them take the steps needed to enhance their use of digital technologies after they have completed SELFIE.