Daily life can feel like information overload these days. A study in the US by the University of California San Diego estimated that in 2015, Americans would consume approximately 74 gigabytes of data on average every single day! That figure is still growing, as technology becomes more and more present in our lives, delivering increasing amounts of news, opinions, research, gossip, and other information. It is no understatement to say that it can be hard to keep up, and a challenge to filter out the right information from the wrong.
SEVERAL AWARD-WINNING ICDL PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES Several of our national operators have conducted successful projects in prisons and juvenile detention centres. The education facility of the Josefstadt prison in Vienna, Austria along with the Austrian Computer Society provides ECDL training to juvenile delinquents between 14 and 18 years old and young adults between 18 and 21. The ultimate objective of the facility is to prepare the inmates for life after prison and “vocational reintegration”. It is believed that ECDL improves the chances for detainees to find a job on the labour market soon after their release.
After taking 8 years out as a full-time mum, Vishal Morey in New Zealand found her computer knowledge very rusty. She needed to gain new skills and refresh what she already knew. Vishal talks about her experience with KiwiSkills which is free computer training for jobseekers that offers the ICDL programme.
Classroom technology evolves. It always has done. Slate tablets become pencil and paper, which in turn become screen and keyboard. The abacus and slide rule become the calculator, and the blackboard becomes the smart board, by way of the whiteboard. The technology of the classroom is always changing, and will always continue to change. So, how do schools keep up and how do teachers adapt?
At the tender age of 8, Mohammad Huzair Awan passed his first ICDL exam in IT Security in October 2014. ICT Trainings, an ICDL Accredited Test Centre in Lahore, Pakistan hosted a ceremony to acknowledge his achievement on November 8th 2014.
The rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning has been well covered in the media recently. It can often seem as if sentient machines are about to eliminate jobs left, right and centre. There are many parallels to the concerns that have accompanied every big shift in how our societies and economies work. While some of the rhetoric around computers stealing our livelihoods is overblown, it is true that the nature of work is changing. Work in the future won’t be the same as work today.
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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.
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