20th Anniversary Blogs – 20 things you didn’t know about ICDL / ECDL
Technology has changed a lot in recent decades. It used to be easy to find out how things worked: you just took them apart and figured out what did what. Building a simple radio was a fun weekend project, and even playing a computer game often demanded that you type in the source code from a book or magazine. The moving parts of everyday technology were inherently more exposed than they are today. In an age of intricately designed smartphones, tablets and laptops, computers are certainly easier to use (no bad thing in itself), but when you send a message on WhatsApp or ask Siri what the weather will be like tomorrow, do you really know what’s going on behind the screen?
Anne was living in sheltered accommodation with her children in Toronto, Canada and was one of the 16 homeless mothers to achieve ICDL certification through the Woodgreen Community Services’ Homeward Bound Project. Anne showed great determination and started to turn her life around.
20 Organisations That Insist on ICDL
Daniel Goncalves - the creator of "Tymzchat", Zimbabwe’s answer to Facebook. In 2013, Daniel Goncalves, a 16-year-old student at Lomagundi College in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, created an alternative to Facebook targeted at people in Africa called Tymzchat.
Dora, the high-tech mobile learning centre was purchased from Alexandra, where it had operated as a school bus since 1985. Dora was reinvented as a mobile digital learning centre in 2011 after the Christchurch earthquakes, to support the ‘Stepping Up’ classes in Christchurch. Dora went on to become an authorised mobile ICDL testing facility in 2012 complete with accredited testers. Dora currently resides on the West Coast of the South Island where it is fully utilised by community groups and schools. With Dora as a fully functioning independent mobile learning and testing centre, ICDL training and testing can be provided to any region.
With the end of the year fast approaching, we’re continuing our annual tradition with a look back at the key events in digital skills from a very busy year.
This week is European Vocational Skills Week, highlighting the importance of Vocational Education and Training in our lives. All week long, we’re highlighting examples of how ECDL is being used to help people build up their essential workplace digital skills.
It is easy to ignore the fact that there are millions of people in Europe who have been left behind when it comes to basic skills. Even with ubiquitous technology and universal education, a staggering 70 million Europeans lack sufficient reading and writing skills, while almost half of people in Europe (45%) are effectively digitally illiterate.
Marketing your business online might seem like a daunting prospect, but it really needn’t be. Here are 6 easy tips to make your efforts stand out from the crowd.