We are happy to announce the launch of Tech Week 2018, organised by the Irish Computer Society and supported by the SFI Discover programme.
Now in its fifth year, the annual festival of technology will see as many as 100,000 students take part in a range of activities nationwide. Read more
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. The Theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 6th. Over 70,000 young people across Ireland joined the celebrations this year. Take a look at some of the highlights from Safer Internet Day 2017 here.
EU Code Week will take place from 6 to 21 October 2018. Save this date and start planning your events now!
EU Code Week is a volunteer movement that encourages people to discover coding. Code Week Ambassadors coordinate the initiative in their countries. But everyone can hold events to show motivated people how to create their own app, program a robot, or make anything they dream of. Read more
EU Code Week is back again! Taking place from 7th – 22nd October. First launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the initiative aims to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. Read more
Via Margaret Wente at theglobeandmail.com
Nothing is cuter than pictures of kids sitting at their computers, mastering skills their parents never dreamed of. And nothing is more popular than the current idea that all our children should learn to code.
“Most jobs in the future will most likely have some sort of connection to coding,” Navdeep Bains, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, told a room full of children assembled for a recent photo op. He was there to announce a $50-million initiative to teach coding to young people. “Some of you may develop incredible apps,” he beamed. Read more
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A new report on IT professionalism in Europe represents a major milestone contributing to the ambition to strengthen and mature the IT profession and increase EU’s digital talent pool. It provides a first comprehensive proposal for an EU framework for IT professionalism, building on the support from industry, education and training. It is aiming at contributing to further deliver on the potential of the Digital Single Market strategy and improve the EU’s position on a competitive IT talent market. Read more
Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland – in libraries, schools, community centres, and many other locations. These activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and, most importantly, have a lot of fun. Read more
You can now listen back to ICS Foundation Deputy CEO Mary Cleary’s Tech Week interview with West Limerick 102FM’s Monica Sheehy. Read more
Having a solid evidence base is essential for effective policy-making in the education sector. In practice the mechanisms used to support evidence-based policy-making differ significantly between countries.
This report describes the mechanisms and practices that support evidence-based policy-making in the education sector in Europe. It provides an initial mapping of a complex area. It compares institutions and practices in evidence-based policy-making, as well as the accessibility, and mediation, of evidence. The report also presents more detailed information, with specific examples of the use of evidence in policy formulation for each individual country. Read more
EU Code Week is back again! Taking place from 15th – 23rd October. First launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the initiative aims to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. Read more
We are delighted to announce a new component under our education initiatives; The Bebras® Computing Challenge!
The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. Taking place every November and run in over 30 countries, the aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing. Read more
FÉILTE 2016 took place on Saturday, October 1st in the RDS, Dublin. The Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence, is a celebration of teaching which showcases the work of teachers who are leading innovative learning projects.
Now in its fourth year, the day provided a platform for teachers to share their stories of innovation with each other and the public. Read more
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An interview given by Our Deputy CEO Mary Cleary has been featured in the Sunday Business Post.
Titled ‘Back to School for Techies’ Mary discusses the return of the academic year and why professionals should also think about upskilling, she also talks about the introduction of the CPD system and how IT professionals can utilize it to build and track their training profile, by saying;
“It’s a very busy time for us, apart from the school agenda, everyone is thinking about their professional development. The European e-Competence Framework enables people to give a structure to their career planning. One of the things that people lose track of is a career path, as it’s very common to change”
A new paper from researchers at the University of Oxford, prepared for the European Commission, has examined ways to raise productivity and reduce the digital divide in Europe. The paper, titled, ‘Digitalisation, Jobs and Convergence in Europe: Strategies for Closing the Skills Gap’, looks at the effect that digital technology has had on the workplace, including automation and the introduction of new tasks and activities to existing jobs. Read more