ECDL Foundation's Head of Programme Standards, Frank Mockler, chaired a symposium on ‘Initiatives to Promote and Develop Students’ Computing Skills’ at the World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE2017.com) in Dublin on 6 July 2017. The symposium also included participants from the Italian, Lithuanian, Irish and Polish ECDL National Operators, as well as from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Panagiotis Kampylis, from the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, presented the recent CompuThink study about computational thinking in compulsory education. His presentation was followed by Paulo Schgör from AICA (Italy) who discussed an active learning approach to problem solving for ICT students. Renata Danielienė, Digital Champion of Lithuania, presented the key priorities of the Lithuanian National Digital Skills Coalition. Jacek Pulwarski from the Polish Information Processing Society introduced the ‘Class with ECDL’ programme in Poland. Linda Keane from ICS Foundation in Ireland discussed initiatives to expose students to computing and promote technology.
The conference lasted 4 days, attracted a large number of participants from around the world, and covered a wide range of topics including Computing Education, ICT Curriculum Development, Mobile Learning, etc.