The German Government has announced plans for major new investment in digital education. Dubbed the, ‘Digital Pact’, the initiative will see the federal government invest €5 billion into technology for primary schools. While the funding will be national, education policy remains a competence of individual states. Announcing the plan, Johanna Wanka, Germany’s education minister, noted that states will have to, “enforce corresponding educational concepts, the training of teachers and common technical standards.”
The minister added that, “the pedagogy is central to the success of digital education – digital technology must serve good education, not vice-versa.” International studies have shown that the presence of technology in a classroom does not, in itself, lead to higher academic performance; teachers’ ICT skills and an understanding of the best ways to use computers in education are essential.