1. It is necessary to ensure minimum standards of connectivity throughout the geographical area, as a preliminary step, in order to ensure a safe and sustainable path to a digital education.
  2. It needs to be the appropriate Administration, through the creation of a normative framework, that promotes the benefits and advances of digital education. 
  3. A model agreement or contract of best ICT practice should be implemented from this Administration body, in accordance with the legislative framework for the protection of minors in the areas of health, Internet security and privacy protection. The contract should form part of all digital school projects and should be signed off by all parties involved: teachers and families. 
  4. Schools must have the necessary resources to ensure the participation of disadvantaged students in these digital projects, at least in the form of loans. 
  5. The appropriate Administration needs to create and update annually a catalogue of products, including hardware and software. This needs to be done sufficiently in advance of the date of acquisition or contracting for the following school year. The catalogue should include the following categories:
    1. Hardware: this must comply with minimum technical specifications, such as battery life, microprocessor, RAM memory, etc.
      1. Student devices: Windows computer, Chromebook computers or Tablets, will should be chosen according to the age of a child and the required productivity.
      2. Teacher’s devices: Windows computer, Chromebook computer or Tablet, will be chosen according to age of children in the class and the required productivity.
      3. Classroom devices: POI, Interactive Whiteboards, speakers, cameras, microphones and headphones, displays, etc.
    2. Software:
      1. School management software: ERP, communication tools with families, attendance management, etc.
      2. Digital security software: MDM, Classroom Manager, Internet Filter, Parental Interaction, or “All in One” software containing all of the above.
      3. Collaborative learning software and LMS: Moodle, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, etc.
    3. Digital content: 
      1. Curriculum content developed by publishers. 
      2. Curricular content prepared by the departments of each educational centre. 
      3. Public resource bank. 
      4. Reinforcement and support content in the form of text, videos, audio, games, apps, etc.
  6. Similarly, lists of approved suppliers will be established under continuous assessment criteria, for any of the products included in the catalogue. Among other criteria for acquiring the category of approved supplier, there will be those related to duration of warranties, including replacement services during repair workminimum conditions for technical support, etc.
  7. The centres that decide to do so, can develop their own digital educational project based on the catalogue of current products for both hardware and software, and the list of suppliers. The legal framework will be included in the contract of best ICT practice. Some points that should be should be taken into account are:
    1. Projects should ideally last at least two years, with the possibility of an extension for a further two years, matching them to the cycles of primary and secondary education.
    2. In order to ensure success, it is very important that the project takes a detailed look at teacher training, for the tools selected, and the allocation of necessary resources to ensure specialist technical advice, either through direct recruitment or the use of an external service.
    3. Projects must be designed with the objective of continuity, contemplating different schooling scenarios: classroom-based trainingremote or some mixed form of classesas well as exceptional situations, such as student hospitalisation, etc.
  8. Families must commit to their participation in the terms agreed in the contract of best ICT practice. This includes the acquisition of the approved hardware established for each project from the list of approved suppliers, as the standardisation of these elements largely determines a project´s success. It would be advisable that the student’s computer is considered an educational resource for their exclusive use. 

NOTE: It is advisable to take advantage of any free resources of the two main global parties involved, so that all students have a sole email account, usually the one that the government provides with its educational platform, and associate it with a Google and Microsoft account simultaneously.