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
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
‘Re-thinking the Role of Qualifications and Skills’
The Digitalisation Agenda Conference will take place on October 24th 2017 at the Radisson Blue Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2
Digitalisation is changing how we work and learn. This high-level international conference will explore the implications of digitalisation on the demand, delivery and recognition of skills and qualifications. Read more
The OpenQAsS project vision is to utilise the potential of today’s networking technology in all areas of the implementation of the EQAVET Reference Framework principles, and so make the resulting tools part of the daily practice of institutional Quality Assurance in VET schools.
The ICS Skills partner Multiplier Event was held on the 29th March. 22 professionals attended, as an additional session after a presentation on the general area of quality assurance, with a focus on ECDL training, assessment and the integrity of the programme. The attendees were varied, from the Further Education sector, secondary schools, private training centres and special needs training facilities. Read more
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
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
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.
Digital Skills for Citizens has been running since January 2017 and we are now seeking new partners who would be interested in offering the training in their local communities. 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
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
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