Administrative staff at the Colegio Andino – Deutsche Schule Bogotá, Colombia’s first German college, began ICDL certification. The college joins a number of other education institutions in Colombia that are using ICDL as an opportunity to optimize their use of digital resources and meet international standards to boost educational innovation in the country.
The University of Panama’s Faculty of Informatics, Electronics and Communication (FIEC) became a new ICDL Accredited Test Centre in September. The University of Panama is a leading educational institution in the country, with 82 years of experience and facilities across the country. The University has a commitment to academic excellence and promotes the quality training of the general public and its staff.
The first ‘Program Your Game’ contest was held by the Technological University of Panama on 13 September, to mark Programmers’ Day. ICDL Americas were invited to participate as sponsors.
ICDL Americas has been invited by Virtual Educa to participate in a workshop with leaders of networks working on educational innovation in ICT from across Latin America and the Caribbean.
ICDL Foundation participated in the recent ISTE conference in Texas, USA. ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is the leading voice on technology in education and this annual conference and expo brings together over 20,000 educators from across the US and beyond to discuss the latest trends.
ICDL Americas sponsored the first Inter-University Forum on ‘Virtual Education’, at the invitation of Santa María La Antigua Catholic University. Organised by the Board of Rectors in Panama, Jessica Rodriguez of ICDL Americas delivered a presentation on digital skills, some our research results and the ICDL programme.
ICDL Americas took part in the 18th international Virtual Educa event, which took place in Bogotá Colombia. The event, which is considered the most important event on education, innovation and ICT in the Latin American and Caribbean region, brought together different organisations from the public, private and academic sectors to discuss and debate the future of education, and how education is a motor of social innovation.
Following an extensive review, the ICDL certification programme has been awarded an ISTE Seal of Alignment for Readiness, in recognition that ICDL, “provides a valuable assessment of participants’ foundational skills and knowledge as described by the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students”.
A new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation has revealed that sensitive personal data of school students in the United States is being collected and stored by technology companies. The report, titled, ‘Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy’, found that data such as names, dates of birth, browsing history and location data, is being captured and stored, in many cases without privacy protection or understanding and consent from parents.
Santa María La Antigua Catholic University (USMA) in Panama completed its accreditation process as an ICDL Accredited Test Centre, becoming the first in the country.