K-12 Digital Capability Framework

An open-source capability framework for schools around the world.

Powering digital transformation in schools around the world.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, global K12 education has embarked on a digital transformation journey, but knowing where to target time, effort, and money can be difficult for both schools and edtech companies. Schools and institutions need better access to digital transformation roadmaps to help them set strategic and effective plans to improve teaching and learning. There is a great opportunity to leverage technology to build resilient K12 educational systems.  

In HolonIQ’s recent K12 digital transformation survey, 80% of respondents reported that integrating digital technologies was “very important to absolutely critical” to the future of education. Moreover, a majority of respondents also believe that hybrid and blended learning will be the preferred approaches to how, when and where students learn. With relief funding still to spend, schools and institutions will look to establish resilient digital systems and infrastructure as a foundation for learning, providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff wherever they need to, and will invest in software and digital resources that help accelerate learning.

What is HolonIQ’s Global K12 Digital Capability Framework?

HolonIQ’s Global K12 Digital Capability Framework is a structured yet flexible set of capabilities that help organizations, including schools and other educational institutions, to adopt and effectively use digital technologies to improve learning outcomes, their operations, and processes.

Educators and non-educators can use the framework in several ways:

  • To ensure that the educational organization has the necessary staff, governance, strategic vision, and infrastructure in place to support the effective use of digital technologies.
  • To help the organization approach, build, and curate appropriate learning curricula, resources, and content, and design learning experiences that are based on best practices, research, and learning science, and consider the skills and needs of all learners.
  • To support the multifaceted educational experience of learners, which involves a complex system of academic support, teacher preparedness, student engagement, student voice, learning, and assessment.
  • To help the organization prepare learners for lifelong learning by connecting academics to real-world experiences, preparing them for university or future academic pursuits, the workforce, and exposing them to the skills needed for success in the future.

The framework includes:

  • 4 Domains (People and Systems; Learning Design; Learner Experience; Lifelong Learning)
  • 16 Dimensions (e.g. Talent Management, Digital Infrastructure, Digital Content and Curriculum, Learner Engagement, Internships and Placements, etc.)
  • ~74 Capabilities (e.g. connectivity, hardware and devices, formative assessment, learner wellness, credit recovery, scheduling, etc.)

Who is it for?

We're building the framework together with global stakeholders who have a critical decision making role within their country, state, district or school for improving K-12 education and aiding its digital transformation, including educational professionals, administrators, policy-makers and solution providers. This framework establishes a common language to enable discussions among teachers, school leaders, curriculum developers, instructional coaches, solution providers, district-level administrators, and tech faculty, and others seeking to understand how digital transformation can be understood and actualized. 

At the center of our Global K12 Digital Capability Framework is the learner. This lens provides an anchor for those going through digital transformation so that all stakeholders convene around a goal to improve teaching and learning by incorporating digital technologies into classrooms and schools in meaningful and effective ways. 

More generally, the target audience for K-12 digital transformation would be anyone who has a stake in the success of K-12 education and is interested in using digital technologies to improve outcomes for students.

Why global?

The Global K-12 Digital Capability Framework captures a broad and diverse set of best-practices from different cultures and contexts. By bringing together case studies and frameworks that have delivered stronger learning outcomes through digital transformation, we can help create more harmonious and effective educational systems, by providing a common set of dimensions and principles for the use of digital technologies in education around the world. The framework provides the following benefits:

Enhanced learning opportunities: A global framework can help to facilitate the development of online learning resources and programs that can be accessed by students anywhere in the world. This can help to expand the range of learning opportunities available to students, and can support the development of a more globalized and interconnected educational system.

Greater collaboration: A global framework can help to encourage greater collaboration and exchange between educators and education systems around the world. This can help to foster a sense of community and shared purpose, and can support the sharing of ideas and resources between different regions.

Increased flexibility: A global framework allows for greater flexibility and adaptability, as it can be applied in a wide range of different cultural and educational contexts. This can be useful particularly for organizations that operate in multiple regions or countries, as it allows them to use a consistent set of guidelines regardless of location.

Improved consistency: A global framework can help to ensure greater consistency in the way that digital technologies are used and integrated into K-12 education around the world. This can help to ensure that students everywhere have access to similar opportunities and experiences, and can facilitate the sharing of best practices and resources between different regions.

2023 Planned Activities

  • HolonIQ will host a number of workshops to garner feedback from experts in the field
  • HolonIQ will produce a webinar series on different topics throughout the year, some with guest experts in specific areas related to the framework
  • With various partners, we will look to work with a number of groups of education professionals  (e.g school districts, ministries of education, international school organizations, a group of schools or districts, etc.) to pilot the use of the framework and run a survey to generate insight about what was learned about their digital transformation journeys
  • Iterate on the framework and publish it on our open-source digital capabilities website digitalcapability.org
  • Create a workshop using the framework to support leaders around the world who are responsible for digital transformation in schools.

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