The digitalisation of education in Spain - Best Schools in Spain

On 14 March 2020, education systems the world over ground to a halt and schools had to open up thousands of “branch offices” in their students’ homes. With varying degrees of fortune, most schools were helpless in the face of this situation and had no idea how to proceed.

The digitalisation of education was planned for 2030, but the COVID-19 crisis, a completely unprecedented situation for both the healthcare system and society, sped up this process. Two essential factors came into play: a united educational community, with the admirable work carried out by teachers to continue their work in this unprecedented educational situation, and how technology was used to continue education when schools closed and ensure that students did not stop learning.

Although we used all the technologies that we had incorporated into our centres in recent years, the physical and emotional dimension of a school is not comparable to students’ homes. They did not offer the socialisation or human contact that all children need, and the technological devices, good internet connection and training necessary to allow teachers to handle this new reality were lacking in some cases. Another difficulty was that parents had to provide students with academic support during the first few weeks, when the end of this crisis seemed like a distant prospect.

“It’s not about doing the same thing in a virtual environment. It’s about discovering how to make technology and education work together in the most effective way possible”

Why were BSS schools able to successfully overcome this educational challenge?

When electronic devices first started to make an appearance in classrooms, we mistakenly believed that our students and classrooms had not changed, just that text books had been replaced by a technological alternative.

There is nothing better than a teacher who is not only able to share their knowledge, but also teach students how to manage their emotions in the classroom, spark their curiosity and help them develop their skills. However, we are now facing a new challenge … how can we optimise learning with both technology and the help of a teacher? This idea has led to the concept of hybrid education, which poses a new challenge for teachers: designing projects that involve technology as an improvement to, and not as a substitute for, the traditional learning process. 

Centres from the Best Schools in Spain (BSS) network are committed to digitalisation and believe that it represents our new educational reality. They make the most of current educational trends and incorporate technology into their educational projects.

Technologies that help students “learn by doing”

After two weeks …

 Image based on Edgar Dale’s Cone of Learning

This cone of learning shows that when students learn by doing and teaching others, they remember more of what they have learnt after a period of two weeks. We achieve this is BSS schools by applying the “Maker” methodology in collaborative environments.

In this regard, technology encourages students to “learn by doing” as they can create their own audiovisual materials, search for information on the internet, learn at their own pace or consolidate what they have learnt in class.

We need to move beyond traditional learning based exclusively on verbal and visual models.

But this is no mean feat!

Imagine swimming in a block of liquid cement. We could say that it is equally difficult for any member of the educational community who suggests REVOLUTIONISING their school to give digital TECHNOLOGY an increasingly important role in the classroom and other departments.

BSS Schools are committed to boosting this revolutionary approach through communication, teacher training and financial investments, among other efforts.

It is not about recreating current content and methodologies, but about EVOLVING towards an educational model that is different, effective and motivating for students.

Technology at the service of … improvement? balance? destruction? of EDUCATION.

Saying that technology is at the service of educational improvement is too simple. The Greeks already had this debate and studied human behaviour under the influence of basic instincts.


Improving our physical health, promotion at work, economic status, a new house, cars that park themselves … If technology can do all of this and also help students learn better, then why not?


“The comfort zone” This is the attitude of people that do not want to experiment and prefer to stay as they are. Why bother trying?


In the words of Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep, “a peaceful educational death”. It is about maintaining our current practises and disregarding social evolution, technology and the diversity of our students.

At the Best Schools in Spain network, we want to improve education and we ALWAYS put all tools — whether technological, analogical or digital — at the service of learning. The educational community has a difficult journey ahead, because these resources are here to stay.

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