Scientific digital schools in Uddevalla

Since 2018, Me Analytics AB and Chalmers University of Technology together with the Municipality of Uddevalla have been running a project that is about scientific school in a digital age. The project is based on a completely new digital scientific method that has come to be called "Scientific social media" - social media tailored for social science research.

The IT tool LoopMe is built to support schools that work scientifically according to the method. LoopMe is similar to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, but is fully customized to collect large amounts of empirical data for research purposes. The tool has proven to work well for pedagogical action research, where a large number of teachers participate in research processes by studying their own practice in a systematic, coordinated and documentary way. Uddevalla Municipality has been a pioneer in the work of scientific social media.

The teachers who have participated say that they now reflect more and more deeply about their teaching, in a simple way. They are forced to think and develop more regularly, and then move forward in the profession. They also get better at what they do, something is aroused in them and their skills increase. They also save time compared to other working methods. The assignments they have received in the digital IT support have led to better student relationships, safer corridors, more effective school start-ups, strengthened culture and participation in the workplace, and much more.

The school leaders who have participated say that the way of working is time-saving, and that it is an easier and more time-efficient way to develop the school. They also think they get a quicker idea of ​​what works and what doesn't, and can thus adjust more quickly. They like that they can get detailed "for real" statistics to which they regularly return. An important issue that was raised early on was whether existing IT systems would suffice, and that new IT support would be perceived as unnecessary. However, they now see that you do not "get together" the whole picture with existing systems, and that it has not been burdensome with another system because it is so easy to use. Finally, the educational leadership has also been strengthened through closer and more regular contact and dialogue with educators, as well as through better consensus in the school management.

Initially, there was some resistance, as well as many perfectly reasonable question marks, which are now answered. It also did not go as fast as first announced, which was probably good, but now it is progressing more and more. Where we have started, we have had a very positive outcome, both among school leaders, teachers and other staff. In the longer term, it looks very promising, and you can already see that this will lead to better education in Uddevalla, which was the goal, and the interest from outside of Uddevalla is substantial right now. The project's way of working is also world-unique, and is likely to spread widely throughout Sweden.

In this video (NB: In Swedish!), the staff at two schools participating in the project talk about their image of how things went:

Skolutveckling på vetenskaplig grund i en digital tid from LoopMe on Vimeo.