ECDL Foundation offers flexible programmes that help schools to develop their students’ digital skills.
These learning and certification programmes focus on the crucial areas of technology that are most relevant for students, allowing them to participate fully in digital society and the future workplace.
Incorporating learning materials and formal certification of digital skills in real-life scenarios, our programmes include teacher support tools and materials to ensure effective implementation.
ECDL EDUCATION programmes are developed to the same internationally validated standards that have driven the adoption of ECDL by more than 24,000 organisations and 14 million candidates globally.
Digital skills give students access to information, resources and tools that can expand their knowledge and learning beyond the classroom. Learning to work together is an important life-skill, and with the right digital skills, technology can help. From new ways of communicating between teachers and students, to collaborative online learning, digital skills can unlock education.
However, too many young people are missing out on the benefits of technology because they don’t have the core digital skills that they need. We have published reports on the danger of the fallacy of ‘digital natives’, and the importance of balancing digital literacy and coding in the school curriculum.
These reports highlighted that students are often assumed to have good digital skills, just through exposure to technology from an early age. In fact, we found that practical skills, like staying safe online, using tools like word processors or presentation software, and collaborating on projects, are often missing.
ECDL EDUCATION programmes are delivered through:
- Evaluation of current skills using an online diagnostic tool
- Development of necessary skills using approved learning materials
- Validation of skills against an international standard
Only certification proves digital skills. Certification gives an objective and reliable verification of teachers and students’ skills and it demonstrates that they meet a recognised standard. Certification:
- Defines the skills that students and staff need
- Proves the skills and shows staff and students’ competencies
- Motivates teachers and students to complete training
- Shows the return on investment in learning
- Measures the quality of learning and teaching
Certification is a reliable measure of a person’s digital skills. In a study in Switzerland, participants who held ECDL certificates performed 24% better in practical tests of their abilities than those without.
ECDL EDUCATION solutions include:
“I started this as a beginner, just like my other colleagues, now I feel much more assertive and rather equal to our pupils because they had a much higher level of knowledge in computers” – English language and literature teacher, ECDL for Teachers project, Kosovo
“Recently I had the pleasure to give an ECDL Start certificate to one of my pupils. The ECDL certificate has allowed him to sign a 5-year contract in the Transmissions Division of the French Army.” – M. Pol, IT Manager at EPIDe centre (Établissement Public d’Insertion de la Défense), Saint Quentin, France
“No more boredom in my classes. Students enjoy watching the slides I prepare using PowerPoint, and participate actively” – Majeda, 8th grade teacher, Jordan
“Students who complete the ECDL in their schools have considerably better chances for the career entry.” – Project study performed by the Institute for Education Research and Adult Education at secondary and vocational schools in Hamburg
“ECDL represents not only a way for everybody to raise the level of their abilities, but it is also a real chance both for students and teachers to obtain an international certification of their computer skills. The students who already got the ECDL certificate have better employment opportunities as this certificate gives the employer a certain trust in the employee.” – Professor Diana Nicoleta Chirila, Octavian Goga National College, Romania
“I’m really glad it is an international qualification because I want to be able to study and work in a number of different countries and the ICDL is known everywhere – it is a common currency” – 16 year-old Dalyn Capes, student, Zambia
“The ICDL is an integral part of the jigsaw of academic endeavour at the college.” – Steve Ferguson, Baobab College, Zambia
- Digital Skills Need to be Addressed in the Classroom
- Schools Role in Addressing the 'Digital Native' Fallacy
- Only a Holistic Approach will Deliver High Quality Computing and Digital Literacy Education
- ICT Education's Future is in the Skills of the Future