The Erasmus programme already enables millions of young Europeans to study, train or learn abroad while broadening their experience and awareness of Europe, and increasing their future chances on the job market. With doubled funding, this programme will be even more effective in supporting key political objectives such as building a European Education Area by 2025, empowering young people and promoting a European identity through youth, education and culture policies. Read more
- 3 New National Coalitions, 21 National Coalitions now in EU
Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands now have National Coalitions, bringing the number in the EU to 21 Read more
At the ECDL Foundation Forum 2018, held in Prague, the entry submitted by ECDL Ireland was voted to be an outstanding example of best practice in the ECDL and ICDL in Society category.
ECDL Foundation, an international organisation dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society, established the Best Practice Awards to acknowledge and credit initiatives and projects that are considered as exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation programmes, which help to increase levels of digital literacy, and promote ECDL in local markets. Read more
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
The crisis in the supply of high level digital skills continues to hamper ICT companies’ efforts to fill specialist roles. In an effort to address this skills shortage, the European Commission launched Digital Opportunity the traineeships initiative, in December, 2017.
Digital Opportunity is a pilot project to boost digital skills through internships/traineeships to provide working experience in the digital field for 5,000-6,000 graduate students in 2018-2020. These Traineeships are of 4-5 months duration, and trainees will receive allowance of €500 per month, financed by Horizon 2020 and implemented through Erasmus+. As such, it will require the cross-border mobility of trainees. 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
We’re pleased to announce that ICS Foundation has successfully been granted another round of funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, for the Digital Skills for Citizens scheme, with a training target of 2,000 people for 2018.
Digital Skills for Citizens has been running since January 2017 and we are now seeking new partners who would be interested in offering basic internet training in their local communities. Read more
Twenty projects which encourage the development of digital skills in Europe have been selected as finalists for the European Digital Skills Award 2017. The best projects promoting excellence in Digital Skills will be awarded by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, at the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition conference in Brussels on 7th December. Winners and finalists will exhibit their projects at the conference. Read more
The 2017 Scratch Competition will launch this week, to coincide with EU Code Week, taking place from 7th – 22nd October. 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.
Minister Bruton has published the Digital Learning Framework for Schools, one of the key supports envisaged under the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. In implementing the Digital Learning Framework, schools and teachers are given a structure which will allow them to identify where they are on the journey towards embedding digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment, and enable them to progress in that journey. Read more
The 2017 Bebras Challenge will take place from 6th – 17th November, run by the ICS Foundation, the Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from 8-18 years by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 30 countries and takes place every November, where you can schedule your classes test any time during these two weeks. 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