If I asked you to rate your skills with word processing software on a scale of 1 to 10, then it is pretty likely that you would rate your skills quite highly, maybe an 8 or a 9. But what is that score based on? Does it mean that you know how to do a mail merge, or that you can edit and apply text styles? That’s the problem with self-assessment: everyone measures differently. Add in the tendency for people to overestimate their abilities, and you have the ingredients for a lot of confusion about what people can really do with technology! Read more
David Sable discusses the relationship between technology use and student performance, among other issues in education.
University students that are allowed to use laptops and tablets in the classroom for note taking fare significantly worse in exams than those who are prohibited from using devices, a study claims.
[MIT] researchers found that use of devices had a “substantial negative effect” on students’ performance, and that removing technology from the classroom was “equivalent to improving the quality of the teacher”.
Students that were permitted to use laptops and tablets scored 18 per cent worse in exams on average, according to the study.
The European Commission announced last week a new skills agenda for Europeto address the need to improve the digital competency of the EU Workforce. Disappointingly, the European statistics agency, Eurostat, reports that Ireland ranks 9th out of 28 EU countries for the percentage of the population with “low or no digital skills”. Almost 50% of the Irish workforce do not have the digital competencies needed for most jobs. While the percentage is unchanged from a 2012 assessment, our ranking has worsened by two places. Read more
Tech Week 2016 is all over, and it has been another fantastic year for Ireland’s festival of technology. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of the thousands students, parents, teachers and members of the general public who participated throughout the week. The Tech Week team worked hard on this one, and we think it paid off. Tens of thousands students participated. Technology enthusiast’s organised events all across Ireland including career talks, workshops, lectures, coding activities and much more. Read more
Tech Week Ireland are delighted to announce that Ada.Ada.Ada, the amazing interactive one-woman show about Ada Lovelace, will be performed live at the Tech Week Showcase Event at the RDS on April 28th.
Tuesday, 5 April 2016: Tech Week is back! Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public, takes place this year from 24-30 April. Organised by the Irish Computer Society, and part-funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the week will see more than 100,000 primary and post-primary pupils all over Ireland taking part in a range of fun activities including the finals of tech events that have been running throughout the past year.
ICS Skills are pleased to announce that they have successfully been granted an extension on the Benefit 4 “Get Ireland Online” funded training which has been running for the past two years and so is now seeking new training centre partners who would be interested in offering the training in their local communities. Read more
We are at the beginning of a new technology-driven revolution. Multinationals are hiring, start-ups are scouting for talent and traditional industries are recruiting. Over the next three years, Ireland will need almost 45,000 additional computing professionals. Read more
New research has found that only a quarter of people working in science, technology, engineering and maths are women. Currently, female role models are being enlisted to stop the stereotyping of STEM as a male career.
The education system is also seeing similar figures, with just 17% of entrants to third-level IT courses being girls, a number which hasn’t changed in over a decade. In maths, ladies make up just 22% of students; in engineering the figure is 24%.
Ireland is becoming more demanding of people with ICT skills, and this demand is expected to far exceed the supply available. Read more
Like Ireland, Britain will also face a shortage of STEM professionals in the next few years and therefore has begun a plan to encourage children to uptake the subjects at school.
Young people are dropping subjects such as maths and physics at A-Level because of outdated career advice and pressure to achieve high grades, which is driving students to choose subjects that are perceived as easy, according to a new report into the issue, which warns the UK is heading for a lost generation. Read more
The Irish Computer Society are delighted to announce that Púca’s Tech Week App won the Gold award for Best App for a Live Experience and the Bronze award for Best Educational App at last night’s Appy Awards. The Appy’s (Mobile Application Awards) are Ireland’s premier award for app developers, recognising innovation, creativity and excellence in app design. Read more
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Ireland is changing, and in order to meet its aspirations and be a world class centre for tech companies of tomorrow, it needs to inspire young people, both male and female to engage in technology. Read more
Ciara Stack Choose IT, Digital Inclusion, Digital Literacy, Education, European e-Competence Framework, Graduate Development Programme, Health ICT, Health IT, Health Technology, ICT Professionalism, IT Professionals Day, Leadership Development Programme, News, Online Learning, STEM, Tech Week, Technology
Career Zoo has been launched recently by its director Brian Ó hOisín and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, with strong interest in jobs in the technology sector, the event promises to deliver on the demand. Read more
Trinity College Dublin’s first free online course titled ‘Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923‘ has attracted massive interest with 10,000 people signing up, and more than half of those from abroad. Read more