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How will you contribute to the Digital Decade?

Digital Decade sets out goals for 2030: 80% of Europeans with basic digital skills + 20 million ICT specialists. 

The European Commission or National Governments will not be able to achieve this alone, the actions need to take place at all levels – in schools, at universities, at work, in offices, in libraries etc.  
Enterprises cannot rely on the Government to train everyone, this is a shared responsibility and the big players need to help the small ones.  

What will you do to help Europe reach the Digital Decade objectives?
How will you train yourself, your colleagues, your business partners or people in your community? 

Please share your ideas, suggestions and experience! 

"What will you do to help Europe reach the Digital Decade objectives?

For 20 years, I have been organising a successful live event where teachers learn from each other about digital skills, edtech, STEM, media literacy, IT tools, IT management and IT policy in more than 100 hands-on workshops. Every year, 1000 teachers and principals from all primary, secondary or high schools or schools for adult education in Flanders (Belgium) attend. The roadmap to organise this event can also be translated to other European countries with the right partners.

An event like this is unique because it is built bottom-up, with input from the teachers, who  propose topics and workshops to train other teachers. These trainers are highly qualified, well evaluated and experienced. By subscribing for the event, the participating teachers decide via crowd-sourcing what the popular themes are and which workshops they want to attend.  The workshops are hands-on, BYOD and with max 25 teachers per workshop.

An event like this easily has the support of various IT partners who promote their offer at an edtech fair. For me as an organiser it's important to have a huge emphasis on live networking, interaction and knowledge sharing. This is not a classic educational fair, but rather a major event to professionalise hundreds of teachers.

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL EVENT

I've organised this event online for the first time in May 2021. Still with hands-on trainings, virtual fair, interaction, conversation starters, .... It was one of the biggest educational online events with almost 250 workshops of 30 to 120 minutes during a whole week. It became a huge success with 1500 participants and trainers who joined one or more of these workshops, a whole week long! What a vibe :)

The impact of this yearly event on IT skills for teachers can't be neglected.

Our (online) approach can also be translated to other European countries.
I am happy to share my expertise in online event platforms - which one do you choose for what purpose? - and to share my roadmap to organise live and online events for education in a European project with various partners. 

Contact me via hans@ictdag.be (Hans De Four - https://linkedin.com/in/hansdefour).

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How will you contribute to the Digital Decade?

As the Czech National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs (or DigiKoalice), we are committed to contribute to the objectives of the Digital Decade.

We are a common platform of the Minsitry of Education, Youth and Sports and the National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech republic. As such we are focusing mainly on digital education. Since we are operating under state institutions we are also supporting the dialogue and partnership of private and public authorities (so called PPP).

For instance, we are organizing regular meetups throughout the year between our member organizations and public authorities. These meetups are either focused on certain topic (e.g. virtual and augmented reality), on supporting certain change (e.g. revision of curriculum of the informatics) or related to the discussion about our activities (e.g. a brainstorming about the topic for this years’ DigiEduHack). Those meetups are usually of top-bottom character but the vast majority of events are with representatives of schools and relevant stakeholders. Apart from the national meetups, we are also initiating and participating in international meetups (e.g. with Belgium National Coalition or in the V4 area).

In addition, we are running two focus groups uniting the relevant stakeholders in each of the topics. One deals with the primary prevention in an online environment, the other on the digital infrastructure of schools.

Besides meetups and focus groups, we are regularly communicating what’s new in the area of digital education through our website or social media channels. We are active on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn where we share posts about interesting (national/european) initiatives, events or best practices.

Furthermore, we are participating in the Europe Code Week and DigiEduHack. Meanwhile Code Week supports computational thinking and draws attention to the much needed development of digital skills at schools, DigiEduHack focuses on topics and challenges of the future. DigiEduHack is an initiative allowing everyone who participate to share their views on the innovations in education.

Thanks to the financial support from CEF grant, we are now able to modernize our website and to deliver even wider offer from the Digital Skills and Jobs agenda. Also, it is great that we will be able to share the best practice with European colleagues and vice versa.

Contact us via digikoalice@npi.cz.

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