Digitalisation in schools

Moving together into the digital age

The coronavirus pandemic made even more clear what we have already known for some time: schools and educational institutions are in serious need of digital products. EWE offers comprehensive solutions in the areas of digitalisation and telecommunications. The Group is committed to bringing schools and other educational institutions in northwest Germany into the digital age. Opinion polling company forsa was commissioned to carry out a survey on this topic in the Northwest so that we could take stock of the situation.

Poor marks on digitalisation

The status quo – digital education in the Northwest

Lessons via teleconferencing, homework assignments on laptops and teaching materials via online platforms – this has become the norm for many students in northwest Germany in recent months. This is reason enough to get an overview of the situation. The following insights were revealed by the survey commissioned by EWE:

Digitalisation will pose the greatest challenge in the decades to come
survey results for "the biggest challenges for schools in germany in the next 10 years"
  • 80% of school heads see digitalisation as the greatest challenge
  • 67% see the shortage of teaching staff as the top challenge
Most schools get poor marks on school digitalisation
survey results for "Assessment of the state of digitalization in schools by school principals"
  • 31% of school heads give their own school a mark of 5 or 6 for digitalisation
  • Criticisms include equipment and the quality and availability of digital devices
Less than a third of schools in the Northwest have fibre-optic connections
survey results for "existing fiber optic connection"
  • 31% of respondents have a fibre-optic connection at their school
  • Only one in four schools in cities with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants has a fibre-optic connection
Parental expectations are continuously rising
survey results for "Assessment of the state of digitalization in schools by parents"
  • 29% of parents assign the rating of “satisfactory” when it comes to digitalisation at their children’s schools
  • Only 2% rate the current situation at their schools as “very good”

Our digitalisation solutions

BBS Ammerland (Ammerland Vocational Schools) could be digitalised in a short period of time

Well-positioned for the future

How do we intend to address these issues? With its deep expertise in digitalisation, the EWE Group provides services ranging from high-speed fibre-optic network connectivity to the setup and support of servers and IT infrastructure.

We worked in partnership with BBS Ammerland to develop a showcase project. The vocational school was digitalised within a short period of time, and it is now fit for the future. 

A detailed audit clarifies the current situation

Following a test, it was quickly revealed that the current bandwidth of the BBS was not suitable for the school’s day-to-day and future requirements. The school was then connected to EWE’s high-performance fibre-optic network as quickly as possible. A second redundant internet connection was also installed so that connectivity could be maintained in the event of damage to the main line. This package can achieve symmetrical bandwidths of up to 100 gigabits per second with availability approaching 100 per cent. This project laid the foundation for stable internet connections in all of the school’s classrooms. EWE specialists then conducted an in-depth, on-site LAN and WLAN audit.

Separate networks for administration, pupils and guests

To safeguard data, EWE established separate networks for different applications. All of the networks were additionally secured by an EWE Managed Firewall. This protects the networks from internet-based attacks and complies with all current data protection guidelines. As a result, the systems are continuously monitored and updated. In the event of a disruption, EWE specialists can respond promptly and restore smooth operations.

More diversity in teaching

The digital upgrade has also changed the landscape in the classroom and given rise to new possibilities in approaches to education, thanks to digitalisation. As an example, smart boards can be used much more actively now. The positive effect for learners: They learn how to use digital media, and learning content can be tailored more specifically to their individual needs.

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