Stimulating interest in IT among young people in Europe


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Stimulating interest in IT among young people in Europe

  1. 1. Stimulating interest in IT among young people in Europe Alexa Joyce European Schoolnet
  2. 2. Stimulating interest in IT among young people in Europe <ul><li>Falling interest but rising use </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing factors on young people’s interest in IT </li></ul><ul><li>EU and national actions in the field of education </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-stakeholder example: e-Skills career portal </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
  3. 3. Falling interest but rising use <ul><li>Paradox: young people have falling interest in maths, science and technology in general </li></ul><ul><li>Low interest in IT careers, particularly among girls </li></ul><ul><li>Yet young people are keen users of IT tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IT consumers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority use a blog, Facebook or MySpace account, or other IT tool regularly (particularly girls) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority play computer games in some form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now spend more time on YouTube than watching TV </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Factors influencing students in IT interest and career choice Student Formal Informal Parents Peers Teachers Career guidance Culture Pedagogical use of IT Role models eConfidence Leisure use of IT Perception of IT Curriculum School IT facilities Gender
  5. 5. Multitude of actions in public sector But we play “catch up” with IT sector: new products and services arrive thick and fast! Need for all stakeholders to cooperate to improve digital literacy, from young children upwards. These initiatives are all supporting a transformation of education, using technology as a pedagogical tool.
  6. 6. e-Skills career portal <ul><li>New initiative: portal launching today! </li></ul><ul><li>e-Skills Industry Leadership Board driving multi-stakeholder approach: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private companies in IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisations offering IT training and certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European Commission closely linked </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. e-Skills career portal: aims and goals <ul><li>Offer a portal on IT skills targeting: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students at secondary and tertiary level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Early career IT professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT stakeholders: companies, EU level actors, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. e-Skills career portal: aims and goals <ul><li>Provide a range of relevant information and services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews, career profiles, self-tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News, publications, surveys, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitions for young people (digital creativity) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community tools to network stakeholders and actors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bring together results from as many initiatives as possible </li></ul>
  9. 9. View the portal <ul><li>Visit </li></ul>
  10. 10. Next steps <ul><li>Bring new partners into the initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous content updating and additions </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination actions for young people, first “career of the month” event </li></ul><ul><li>Finalising of roadmap and planning for future developments </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability </li></ul>
  11. 11. What else is needed? <ul><li>Focus on teachers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Update skill sets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance mechanism to ensure up to date technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable schools to take advantage of community learning opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Values-based curricular content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role models, authentic learning contexts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research on ICT perception </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Favour “digital media” over IT in communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Structural changes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More multi-stakeholder approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>View schools as community learning hubs and facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make inter-school cooperation fundamental in approach </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. e-Skills portal: Join partnership Contact: [email_address] European Schoolnet: Thank you!