Barely a week passes without mention of how artificial intelligence will transform our lives. Self-driving cars will make taxis a thing of the past according to some pundits. Computer-generated news stories will replace journalists, as is already happening in some particularly formulaic corners of the press. Even banking is seeing the spread of AI into investment decisions, loan approvals, and trading.
ICDL is the starting point for Ufunguo Scholarship Beneficiaries in Kenya, which is an education initiative by the Institute of Advanced Technology (IAT). This initiative helps the less privileged in society attain quality ICT skills. Beneficiaries have gone on to acquire job placements or advance further in their studies. Here is Mary’s Usaji’s story.
Niina Aarnio was selected as an ECDL global winner in 2006 for the determination she showed in turning her life around and in achieving ECDL certification. Nina was awarded the ECDL / ICDL – A Brighter Future Award at a ceremony in Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 2nd, 2006.
In 2009, ex-radio presenter and a specialist in radio broadcasting, Adrian Davids from Eersteriver in the Western Cape of South Africa, became the first blind student to obtain ICDL certification.
Stefan Bogdanovic is a real hero. Stefan was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004. Because of his diagnosis, Stefan had to leave school and give up football, his biggest passion.
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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?