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.
Eurofound, an EU agency, has published a report on its 2016 Foundation Seminar Series on the impact of digitalisation on work. The report details the findings of the seminars, which brought together partners from 15 countries in Europe. It covers a wide range of topics, including national strategies and initiatives to support digital transformation, ‘digital diversity’ between EU Member States, the impact of technology on different industrial sectors, employment in a digitalising world and the transition towards future jobs, and the place of education and skills to deal with digitalisation.
Thousands of students have had the opportunity to improve their knowledge of IT security and data protection thanks to the Gipfelspiel – Datenschutz macht Schule (IT Summit Game – Data protection catches on) game, developed by DLGI, the ECDL National Operator in Germany, in cooperation with Yeepa, a knowledge and games platform.
Malta has announced its priorities for its term in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The Presidency rotates around Member States of the EU every 6 months. Included in the priorities are advancing the New Skills Agenda for Europe, working on a Council recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework, and on Europass. The Presidency will also focus on improving inclusiveness in education systems, taking into account the incorporation of digital skills.
ECDL Foundation has pledged that by 2018, 2 million digital skills assessments leading to certification under ECDL standards will be taken in the EU. The pledge forms part of our commitment to the EU’s new Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, launched in Brussels in late December 2016.
New research in the UK has revealed that graduates who leave university with higher grades often assess their skills at a lower level than those who graduate with worse grades. The research, by academics at the University of Warwick, looked at how graduates self-assess their writing, numeracy and digital skills. Lower performing students often rated their skills more highly, even when tests of their abilities indicated otherwise.
ICDL is expanding in Mexico thanks to a long-standing partnership between ICDL Americas and the National Distance Education System (SINED) in the country, which is seeing new SINED ‘Nodes’ being added to Mexico’s network of ICDL Accredited Test Centres.