ECDL Foundation launched its newest module, ICT in Education, at an event in Kigali today. The module is aimed at teachers, and will equip them with the skills they need to effectively use technology in the classroom. The launch took place during ICDL Africa’s Annual Test Centre Forum in the Rwandan capital.
The European Commission has published the latest edition of its Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). The 2017 DESI tracks the state of digital development across European Union countries. While it shows that there has been some improvement, there are still notable digital gaps. Significantly, 44% of people in Europe don’t have fundamental digital skills including, “using a mailbox, editing tools or installing new devices.”
According to new research from the European Commission, a significant digital skills gap is hampering adoption of technology. Despite this, many survey respondents don’t consider reskilling strategies to be a priority.
In a blog post on the European Commission’s website, Claire Bury, Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT explores the progress that can be made by the newly-launched Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. The post argues that digital skills remain important across all sectors of the economy, stating that, “it is essential to re-train the whole European workforce: farmers, bank employees, factory workers and others alike.”
The importance of digital skills was stressed in conclusions from a meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council of the Council of the European Union, which took place 17 February 2017. The conclusions respond to the Youth Initiative announced by the European Commission in December last year. The Commission’s initiative proposed steps to raise skills and increase opportunities for young people as a means of tackling youth unemployment.
A position paper on the ‘Future of DigComp’, highlighting key areas for the European Commission to focus on as it develops its own ‘Action Plan for the Implementation of DigComp 2.0’ was published 22 February 2017.
Computing and digital literacy are two sides of the same coin that both need to be included in compulsory education according to a new position paper released today by ECDL Foundation. ‘Creating the Future – Computing in Education’ argues strongly that students should have the opportunity to develop computing skills, covering areas like computational thinking and coding. In tandem, all students must be able to build a strong foundation of digital literacy.
ECDL Foundation’s new Computing module was launched in Malta today, at an event hosted by ECDL Malta. The new module will help candidates build and certify skills in areas like computational thinking, problem solving, algorithms and coding. It is aimed at the education sector, particularly secondary school students, and their teachers.
Safer Internet Day is being marked around the world today, with events and activities to raise awareness of the need to improve safety and security online. This year’s Safer Internet Day has the theme, ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’, and brings together organisations and governments worldwide.
Through extensive engagement with the Digital Competence Framework (DigComp), ECDL Poland has succeeded in achieving broad coverage of the framework with ECDL. In addition to their own use of DigComp, ECDL Poland has been active in promoting it on the national level, including by translating the DigComp 2.0 report to Polish.