New SELFIE assessment tool for digital technologies in schools

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To further support European schools in their use of digital technologies for better learning outcomes, the European Commission is developing SELFIE, a self-assessment tool.

The idea is that, every year, schools reflect on their current use of digital technologies for effective learning by taking a snapshot of where they stand and then reflect on and decide how they want to improve for the next year. They will receive a specific and confidential report for each school, including graphs and recommendations for development. This report will be accessible only by the school and can be the basis for school discussions and developing the school’s action plan.

Why SELFIE?

  • A self-assessment tool encourages schools to look at themselves and make their own plans for the future;
  • Self-evaluation respects the views of the people who do the daily work and encourages an understanding of both their strengths and their weaknesses;
  • SELFIE involves all key actors – school leaders, teachers and students – in order to plan for improvement;
  • The tool aims to facilitate and celebrate progress, not excellence. In other words, not every school can or should be at the highest level in all SELFIE indicators;
  • SELFIE does not follow a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach but will be fully customisable to suit each individual school. 

How will the SELFIE tool be tested?

SELFIE has been developed by the European Commission and an international team of experts with input from more than 5000 school leaders, teachers and students from EU countries.

More than 400 schools from Spain, Italy, Estonia, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Finland, Serbia, and the UK (Northern Ireland) will participate in SELFIE school pilots from September 2017. 

The SELFIE tool for schools is expected to be ready by the end of 2017.

To find out more visit the SELFIE tool page on the European Commission website.