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This paper will take a starting point in the fact that the global landscapes of communication, learning, collaboration and labour markets are dynamic. Botkyrka Municipality in Sweden has during the last four years worked strategically and methodically to meet the challenges and opportunities afforded. In this paper we intend to reflect over our strategies, lessons learned and challenges ahead from three perspectives, political, educational and leadership.

Botkyrka Municipality has 90 000 inhabitants and manages 25 schools and 50 preschools. Today every school and preschool has access to Internet and each student in our secondary and gymnasia schools borrow a digital device under the duration of their studies. In our primary schools we have a guaranteed access of one digital device per three children and in preschools access of one digital device per ten children. Our ambition is that by 2018 all of our school children will have their own digital device sponsored by the municipality. Our schools can choose which digital device they deem best supports our pedagogical goals. We work extensively on a broad base with professional development and evaluation and follow up. The overall goal is that ICT is used as a means to promote children and students' educational development. Expectations are to develop new and improved environments for learning, and thereby better equip our students to interact in a global and digital context. 

Some of our key questions we ask are:

  • How and where does learning happen?

  • How can we support learning?

  • How can we empower our educators and management to support learning?

  • How can we work with strategically with change management?

  • How can we support the process of change?

  • What kind of leadership facilitates change?

Lessons learned are that our youth need to be guided even in the digital world. The second digital divide is apparent. Our students clearly feel empowered in their learning and the potential in collaborative learning and symbiosis between non-formal and informal learning is enormous. Leadership at all levels and professional sharing are key factors in change.  

A number of processes have been initiated and the challenges ahead can be defined as threefold.How do we raise the standard in all of our schools? How can we empower our management and schools to facilitate and encourage change? How can we empower and facilitate our students to take a more active role in their learning processes?

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Senior Educational Technology Officer, Ministry of Education
Elaine conducts classroom research on implementation principles for sustainable and scalable applications of ICT for enriched learning experiences. She has shared her findings at various international conferences. Elaine also promotes a culture of active experimentation and reflective... Read More →



Botkyrka municipality, Sweden


IT strategist, Municipality of Botkyrka Sweden

Wednesday March 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm GMT+08
MR 330