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e-Skills Match Press Release published in April 2016

On April 14th, 2016 e-Skills Match partners launched the 1st project press release announcing the project’s launch in order to raise its visibility and raise awareness of the audience at European and local level providing information about its objectives, the platform and the benefits for users. Click on the link below to view the published press release:

Press Release - Y1 - Announcement of the project's launch

e-Skills Match Marketing Materials available also in Spanish!

You can find all the promotional materials of the project for Year 1 (brochure, factsheet, posters) in Spanish at Media section of our website: www.eskillsmatch.eu

English, Italian and Greek versions are also available! Check them out!

OECD Publication: Trends Shaping Education 2016

This publication provides an overview of key economic, social, demographic and technological trends and raises pertinent questions about their potential impact on education. This compilation makes use of a variety of robust international sources of data including the OECD, the World Bank and the United Nations.

The full citation to find the publication is: OECD (2016), Trends Shaping Education 2016, OECD Publishing, Paris

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eSkills for Jobs 2016 Competitions are launched!

After a very successful campaign in 2015, eSkills for Jobs is gearing up for the 2016 European Competitions edition.

We are proud to announce the three categories for 2016:

Keep an eye on our website because we will be updating soon information on prizes and tutorials!

In the meantime you can find some inspiration and get set for the 2016 competition by taking a look at the videos and animations of the 2015 winners

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ICT in Education: find out how you benefit from this module!

This module, currently being piloted, enables candidates to start engaging in the pedagogically effective use of ICT to support and enhance teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom.

The Syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, as informed by input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies and organisations.

Download the ICT in Education Module Syllabus (PDF)

On completion of this module the candidate will be able to:

  • Understand the key concepts and benefits of using ICT to support and enhance teaching, learning and assessment in the classroom.
  • Outline considerations for planning an ICT-enhanced lesson.
  • Understand safety, security and well-being considerations when using ICT in education.
  • Outline ICT resources that can be used to support and enhance teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Understand how to source and evaluate ICT resources to support and enhance teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Outline key features of classroom technologies.
  • Use key features of a learning platform.

What are the benefits of this module?

  • Certifies the key concepts relating to the use of ICT in the classroom.
  • Supports educators who wish to start effectively using ICT in their professional practice.
  • Developed with input from subject matter experts in the areas of teaching practice and IT user skills.

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Empowering people to do more through technology

In today's world, anyone can use their digital skills to make products better for people of all abilities, allowing them to do things that were once difficult or impossible for them. Chris Schlechty, a SharePoint developer at Microsoft, is a good example of this.

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Developing Digital Skills in your Classroom - 2nd Round

Digital skills are already an essential requirement for young people to succeed in an increasingly digitized society. Not only are these skills demanded for an increasing number of jobs, they also are a requirement and a right of citizens, if they are to be functional in today’s society.

Schools and teachers therefore need support to work with their students to develop a wide range of digital skills that ensure young people leaving school have the skills required by the labour market and by an increasingly digitized society.

The course therefore aims to guide teachers in how to develop a range of digital skills and to introduce them to the tools and resources that are available to them. At the end of the course, teachers should be able to design lessons that focus on a range of digital skills, make use of innovative tools to assist their own and the students’ work in this area.

The course is organized around thematic areas of digital skills that are relevant at all levels of primary and secondary schooling. In 6 modules it explores the definition and role of digital skills generally and then looks at specific skill areas and how to address them in the classroom. The focus of these modules is on how pedagogically the skill area can be addressed and what tools there are available to help the teachers and students.

For those that would like to join in the 2nd round this exciting course covering the hugely important topic of developing digital skills in our classrooms, find more information here

IT Professionals Day, 25th April 2016 - Celebrate the Profession, Realise the Potential

Monday April 25 2016 celebrates the role and contribution IT professionals play in helping business and society. As part of IT Professionals Day, applaud the heroes who work in technology and strive to make life easier.

As a professional, use the day to recognise your value and support your professional development.

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New ECDL Foundation position paper "Perception and Reality. Measuring Digital Skills in Europe"

ECDL Foundation has published a new position paper “Perception and Reality. Measuring Digital Skills in Europe”. The paper analyses the results of studies carried out by the ECDL National Operators in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. The findings reveal that people tend to over-estimate their skills and that significant skills gaps exist even in the analysed countries, which are usually considered to be digitally advanced.

You can find the paper on ECDL Foundation website at: ecdl.org

Face-to-face technical meeting in Stockholm, 31st March – 1st April 2016

e-Skills Match consortium partners met at a face-to-face meeting held a couple of weeks ago in Stockholm to reflect on the expectations and goals set for the following period; to discuss on the end user requirements of the e-Skills Match platform; to report on the progress made so far in all work packages and, also, to define their roles, interactions and plans till the next meeting.

Some photos have been taken during the meeting and are presented below:

photo 1 technical meeting photo 2 technical meeting.jpg photo 3 technical meeting

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