Digital media is firmly part of the modern classroom. Computers, tablets and smartphones are now just as much a part of everyday learning as they are in students’ lives outside school. Teachers in Vocational Education and Training (VET) need to develop the digital and media skills to keep up, or they will be overtaken by their students in the digital world.
Beyond learning, computers form an integral part of school administration, from recording morning registration to scheduling exam dates and storing grades from tests and assignments. Teachers need, at least, a minimum level of digital skills.
The University of Teacher Education (PH) Vorarlberg, in Austria, offers Applied Informatics as a subject to student VET teachers. In the course, future teachers enhance their digital skills using the ECDL Base profile, which consists of Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Online Essentials and Computer Essentials modules.