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Ireland’s national festival of technology is back from the 11-18th May with events taking place right across the country throughout the week. Tech Week aims to light up young imaginations, spark an interest in technology and related study and shine a light on future careers in STEM. Tech Week is sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is supported by the SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Discover programme.
You can learn all about Tech Week 2019 by visiting www.techweek.ie facebook.com/techweekirl and following @TechWeekIRL on Twitter.
Calling for doctors, dentists and pharmacists to take part in a pilot study between April and June 2019.
The Irish Computer Society is leading the ‘e-skills for Professionals’ task on behalf of the Department of Health as part of ‘eHAction’ . The project aims to provide a clear understanding of how common standards or frameworks can be employed as part of a structured methodology to develop the e-Skills necessary to support eHealth amongst designated professional cohorts within the healthcare sector.
Call for Pilot Participants
The Irish Computer Society is calling for doctors, dentists and pharmacists to take part in a pilot between April and June 2019. As a pilot participant you will be asked to:
– Self-assess your e-skills competence against an eHealth Competence model and its associated health role profiles.
– Give your opinion as a practising health professional.
The process should take approximately 30 minutes, is conducted entirely online, is completely anonymous and easy to do. A user guide takes you through each step and support is available from the project team should you need to ask any questions.
By completing the self-assessment exercise you are gauging your current e-skills against a structured framework designed for the health workforce. This gives you a snapshot of your competence which you can keep for your own purposes.
You may choose to receive information on possible educational/CPD opportunities connected to your role profile or related to a competence set, later in the project.
The pilot is not a test, it is a way for you to take a snapshot of your current e-skill competence as it pertains to your role that may in turn prompt further thought on skills development.
Your involvement, along with other categories of health professionals, will enable us to map groups of health workers or competence sets to appropriate educational offerings and to evaluate the process as a methodology for upskilling the digital competence of health workers.
How to Get Involved?
The pilot is limited to 20 doctors, 20 dentists and 20 pharmacists so participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. To enquire about the pilot or apply to participate email Linda Keane at the Irish Computer Society, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 Scratch Competition will launch this week, to coincide with EU Code Week, taking place from 6th – 21stOctober. Run by the ICS Foundation and supported by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, the Scratch Competition promotes computing and software development at both primary and secondary school levels.
Scratch is a visual programming language that encourages children to develop essential coding skills through fun and interactive learning. It challenges students to create stories, games and animations using software. It encourages innovation and creativity while giving them a taste of possible future careers in the IT sector.
Scratch is used in more than 150 different countries and available in more than 40 languages!
Schools all over Ireland are now invited to register and take part in this year’s competition. Teachers and entrants may avail of free downloads, including dozens of download lesson plans, workbooks and other resources for teaching and learning Scratch in the classroom. All participants receive a Scratch completion cert with the top scoring projects going through to a grand final, taking place during Tech Week 2019, where the overall national winners will be announced.
The closing date for receipt of Scratch projects is Friday 22nd February 2019. The Scratch National Final will take place during Tech Week 2019 (11th – 17th May).
For more information please see www.ics.ie/scratch, www.scratch.ie or contact email@example.com.
The Young ICT Women project aims to provide Innovative Solutions to increase the numbers of EU vulnerable girls and young women into the digital agenda”
The objective of the YOUNG ICT WOMEN project is to develop the digital competences and thereby the employability of young women at risk of exclusion from the labor market.
The project brings together 10 insightful and experienced partners from 9 European countries: AMETIC – The Spanish ICT Association – Spain, Baltic Education Technology Institute – BETI, Lithuania, Creative Thinking Development – CRETHIDEV – Greece, DIGITALEUROPE aisbl, Belgium, ECDL Ireland Ltd. – Ireland, Educating for an Open Society – EOS, Romania, European Centre for Women and Technology – ECWT, Norway, FUNDACIÓN PLAN INTERNATIONAL, Spain, LIKTA, Latvia and Malta Communications Authority – Malta.
The initiative will pursue its goals through awareness raising campaigns, skills assessment, innovative partnerships with employers, development of a new on-line employability profiling tool, training and employment guidance into Digital Jobs.
The YOUNG ICT WOMEN project benefits from a 2.714.304 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment and will run between September 2018 and August 2021.
For more information see also eeagrants.org/ and follow the project website coming in October!