The Digital Education Platform: What Does this Mean for UK Schools?

Sep 05, 2022

When schools and colleges were forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic, teachers were left needing a way to continue lessons whilst working from home. The government’s solution to this was to provide digital education platforms.

In this guide, we’ll be explaining what digital education platforms are, their benefits and what this means for your school.

What is the Digital Education Platform?

The digital education platform is the name given to a set of tools and technologies designed to enable online learning in virtual classrooms, purpose built for remote learning.

This comes under the wider ‘Get help with technology’ programme that provides support to educational settings and local authorities who must use laptops and tablets for remote education.

What are the Benefits of a Digital Education Platform?

Using these platforms, teachers are able to:

- Teach classes as well as smaller groups of pupils

- Communicate with their pupils

- Set tasks for individuals as well as for larger groups

- Let pupils work together

- Give feedback

- Share useful links to digital learning resources

- Collaborate with their colleagues on lesson planning and related administrative tasks

Additionally, all schools are able to get high quality digital learning platforms from other schools through the EDTech Demonstrator programme, a programme launched in 2019 to help schools and colleges provide remote and blended education.

How Successful are Digital Education Platforms?

So far, a large number of digital education platforms have been rolled out successfully and have demonstrated what can be achieved when the technology sector works with the education sector.

Positive feedback has been received from a number of schools on their new digital education platforms.

“We are very proud of the journey we have come in such a short space of time re digital learning and our education platform – from having what seemed like archaic offline ways of communication and IT infrastructures to a cloud-based platform that all teachers and staff have used. Staff are finding that workload has reduced, and many things have actually become easier in these challenging times.”

“Google Drive has made the paperwork of school leadership less lonely! I can share and invite staff to collaborate on documentation which is so much quicker than emailing, downloading, and printing. We will certainly never go back to how it was before!”

What are the Next Steps for Digital Education Platforms?

Part of the government’s plans include ensuring all schools and colleges are set up on a digital platform, making it imperative for further research to be conducted with schools who are already using their platform to find where improvements can be made.

How Can DMS Help Facilitate the Digital Education Platform?

At DMS, we can help both students and teachers to access their digital education platform remotely with bespoke technology bundles designed to meet the needs of your school.

An example bundle includes:

For more information on how the DMS Group can help your school, college, university or other educational organisation, get in touch with our team today.

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