The National Disability Authority has issued a request for tender for research to inform the development and delivery of Continuous Professional Development in Universal Design for IT Professionals, suitable for accreditation and promotion by the Irish Computer Society. 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 has won the ‘Best Practice Award’ at the ECDL Forum event which took place in Malta this week.
Congratulations to the Tech Week team who strive to make the event bigger and better every year! Tech Week 2017 received excellent feedback from all involved and we’re already looking forward to next year. Read more
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The rapid and ever-progressing advancement of technology along with the current IT skills gap has been presenting one of the biggest challenges to both private and public sector organisations throughout Europe, with a huge impact on the European economy. Therefore, the eSkills Malta Foundation, in collaboration with the European Commission, Capgemini, the Irish Computer Society and CEPIS, is organising a conference on the impact of IT Professionalism on the European economy on 14 June 2017 in Valletta, Malta. Read more
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., today officially launched Ireland’s National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. The initiative forms part of the Skills Agenda for Europe which is being promoted across all EU Member States by the European Commission. It will be co-ordinated in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society Foundation, working with the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS). Read more
Tech Week 2017 survey shows that majority of Irish adults now believe an education in STEM can lead to better career opportunities
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Research carried out for Tech Week 2017 shows that the vast majority of Irish adults (89%) now believe that getting an education in STEM related subjects is important and can lead to better career opportunities in the future. 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
This year’s Tech Week is happening on 22nd -28th April 2017 with a variety of nationwide events!
The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today launched Tech Week 2017, Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public, which takes place all over Ireland this year from 22-28 April.
Organised by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society, and sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland, this exciting week of events will see more than 100,000 students take part in a range of fun activities, including the finals of several Tech Week events. 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
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten, T.D., has awarded €2.2m to 15 community and not-for-profit organisations to provide basic digital skills training to people under his Department’s new Digital Skills for Citizens Grant Scheme.
Minister Naughten said: “For those already online, the benefits of the internet are clear. A few simple steps and a digital world opens before you – one where old friends can catch up, businesses and customers can find each other and access to information is easy. Read more
EU Commission launches Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition to help Europeans in their career and daily life
The European Commission has launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, together with Member States, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers, to help meet the high demand for digital skills in Europe which are essential in today’s job market and society.
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Well done to the 1,300 students from 50 schools across Ireland who took part in the Bebras Computing Challenge, which took place from 7th to 25th November.
This is the first year that Bebras has been run by the ICS Foundation in Ireland. The Bebras Community is an association of organizations which are involved with informatics and educational activities aiming to promote computational thinking among teachers and pupils of all ages. In 2015 over 1,300,000 students from 35 countries took part. Read more
Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced that second-level students will be able to study computer science, including coding, as a Leaving Certificate subject in three years’ time.
It is one of a number of recommendations made in a new report aimed at improving the teaching of STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths in primary and second-level schools. Minister Bruton stated that he had set 2019 as a target for the introduction of the new subject in schools. Read more