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
Stevie, a robot built by engineers to meet a very present need in assisted care homes, has no plans to follow the crowd.
Earlier today (13 November), a team of robotic engineers led by Prof Conor McGinn of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) unveiled a robot called Stevie, which, if all goes according to plan, will be introduced into care homes in less than five years’ time. Read more
Over €5000 in Cash Prizes and Mentorship for the winning teams at the Second Annual eHealth Innovation Challenge!
Topic: Connecting for the Future: Elderly Mental Health
This hackathon will take place over 2 days on the 21st & 22nd Oct 2017 at Accenture The Dock. This year the theme is all about mental health – if you think you could build a working prototype of something in a 24hr Hack time that can harness the power of technology to help our colleagues, patients and HSE network, then this is for you! 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
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