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ICT for Education in Europe and the new EU2020 Strategy - Policy and Practice


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Presented by Maruja Guiterrez-Diaz at the Annual EDEN Conference in Valencia, 2010

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ICT for Education in Europe and the new EU2020 Strategy - Policy and Practice

  1. 1. ICT for Education in Europe and the new EU2020 Strategy - Policy and Practice Maruja Guti érrez Advisor to the Director Directorate General for Education and Culture Valencia, Spain 11 June 2010
  2. 2. ICT for Education in Europe – policy <ul><li>A new policy agenda: Europe 2020 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three interlinked priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seven flagship initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Digital Agenda for Europe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seven action areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital literacy, skills and inclusion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009: positive and demanding views on ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Some conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. A new policy agenda: Europe 2020 <ul><li>A new context: crisis, changes, challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Three overarching priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Smart growth : developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable growth : promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive growth : fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion </li></ul>
  4. 4. Education: a core issue <ul><li>A proposal of five key indicators </li></ul><ul><li>75 % of the population aged 20-64 should be employed. </li></ul><ul><li>3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D. </li></ul><ul><li>The &quot;20/20/20&quot; climate/energy targets should be met (including an increase to 30% of emissions reduction if the conditions are right). </li></ul><ul><li>The share of early school leavers should be under 10% and at least 40% of the younger generation should have a tertiary degree. </li></ul><ul><li>20 million less people should be at risk of poverty </li></ul>
  5. 5. Europe 2020: Seven flagship initiatives Smart Growth Sustainable Growth Inclusive Growth Innovation « Innovation Union » Climate, energy and mobility « Resource efficient Europe » Employment and skills « An agenda for new skills and jobs » Education « Youth on the move » Competitiveness « An industrial policy for the globalisation era » Fighting poverty « European platform against poverty » Digital society « A digital agenda for Europe »
  6. 6. A Digital Agenda for Europe / 1 <ul><li>The overall aim of the Digital Agenda is to deliver sustainable economic and social benefits from a digital single market based on fast and ultra fast internet and interoperable applications. </li></ul><ul><li>This Agenda sets out to define the key enabling role that the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will have to play if Europe wants to succeed in its ambitions for 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>The objective of this Agenda is to chart a course to maximise the social and economic potential of ICT , most notably the internet, a vital medium of economic and societal activity </li></ul><ul><li>Successful delivery of this Agenda will spur innovation , economic growth and improvements in daily life for both citizens and businesses </li></ul>
  7. 7. A Digital Agenda for Europe / 2 Virtuous cycle of the digital economy
  8. 8. A Digital Agenda for Europe / 3 <ul><li>Seven action lines: </li></ul><ul><li>A vibrant digital single market </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability and standards </li></ul><ul><li>Trust and security </li></ul><ul><li>Fast and ultra-fast Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Research and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital literacy and skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusive digital services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ICT-enabled benefits for EU society </li></ul>
  9. 9. A Digital Agenda for Europe / 4 <ul><li>A well articulated international dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Meticulous execution in accordance with the Europe 2020 governance structure </li></ul><ul><li>Strong internal and external coordination and cooperation mechanisms </li></ul><ul><li>Annual reporting (scoreboard) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Key performance indicators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Update on the full set of policy actions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annual Digital Assembly for a wide European stakeholders debate on progress as tracked by the digital scoreboards </li></ul>
  10. 10. Digital literacy, skills and inclusion / 1 <ul><li>Key Action 10 : Propose digital literacy and competences as a priority for the European Social Fund regulation (2014-2020) </li></ul><ul><li>Key Action 11 : By 2012, develop tools to identify and recognise the competences of ICT practitioners and users , linked to the European Qualifications Framework and to EUROPASS and develop a European Framework for ICT Professionalism to increase the competences and the mobility of ICT practitioners across Europe; </li></ul>
  11. 11. Digital competence levels in the EU: a new social divide
  12. 12. Digital literacy, skills and inclusion / 2 <ul><li>Make digital literacy and skills a priority of the &quot;New skills for new jobs&quot; Flagship to be launched in 2010 including the launch of a multi-stakeholder sectoral council for ICT skills and employment to address demand and supply aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Promote a higher participation of young women and women returners in the ICT workforce through support for web-based training resources, game based eLearning and social networking; </li></ul><ul><li>Develop by 2011 an online consumer education tool on new media technologies (e.g. consumer rights on the internet, eCommerce, data protection, media literacy, social networks etc.). This tool will provide customised information and education materials for consumers, teachers and other multipliers in the 27 Member States; </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Digital literacy, skills and inclusion / 3 <ul><li>Propose by 2013 EU-wide indicators of digital competences and media literacy; </li></ul><ul><li>Systematically evaluate accessibility in revisions of legislation undertaken under the Digital Agenda, e.g. eCommerce, eIdentity & eSignature, following the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; </li></ul><ul><li>Based on a review of options, make proposals by 2011 that will secure that public sector websites (and websites providing basic services to citizens) are fully accessible by 2015; </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate by 2012, in cooperation with Member States and relevant stakeholders, a Memorandum of Understanding on Digital Access for persons with disabilities in compliance with the UN Convention. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Digital literacy, skills and inclusion / 4 <ul><li>Member States should: </li></ul><ul><li>Implement by 2011 long-term e-skills and digital literacy policies and promote relevant incentives for SMEs and disadvantaged groups; </li></ul><ul><li>Implement by 2011 the provisions on disability in the Telecoms Framework and the Audiovisual Media Services Directive </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstream eLearning in national policies for the modernisation of education and training, including in curricula, assessment of learning outcomes and the professional development of teachers and trainers. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Internet use for formal online courses 2007 2009
  16. 16. Internet use for learning 2007 2009
  17. 17. EYCI conclusions on ICT <ul><li>The European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 has provided evidence on some ICT-related issues </li></ul><ul><li>ICT, education and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>ICT, education and employment </li></ul><ul><li>ICT and the creative industries </li></ul><ul><li>ICT and citizenship </li></ul>
  18. 18. ICT, education and innovation <ul><li>ICT are a highly innovative sector and have the potential to drive innovation in other sectors and services </li></ul><ul><li>ICT are generally acknowledged as innovation drivers for innovation and training (cf Teachers’ survey) </li></ul><ul><li>The use of ICT for education and training, in particular for teacher training, has focused more so far on basic competences and productive use </li></ul><ul><li>There are many available ICT tools with the potential to develop creativity and a capacity for innovation </li></ul><ul><li>ICT tools are also well suited for developing general innovation skills such as multicultural team working </li></ul>
  19. 19. ICT, education and employment <ul><li>ICT have the potential to become an European growth sector and a driver for higher competitiveness and quality </li></ul><ul><li>At EU level, there is a deficit of ICT professionals, taking into account all activity sectors. Recent estimates place this deficit in the range of 700.000 jobs by 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>It is necessary to interest young people in the professional use of ICT, whatever their sector of activity </li></ul><ul><li>A special case: the 30 millions of young European girls and women. Gender imbalance in ICT is above average </li></ul><ul><li>ICT are essential for building the lifelong learning services required for the smart work force of the XXIst century </li></ul>
  20. 20. ICT and the creative industries <ul><li>Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) have emerged as a highly innovative sector, with a great economic potential, contributing around 2,5% to EU GDP and providing around 5 million quality jobs across the EU </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural content plays a crucial role in the deployment of the information society, fuelling demand for broadband infrastructures and services, digital technologies, new consumer electronics and telecommunication devices </li></ul><ul><li>Through partnerships with education, CCIs can also play a major role in equipping European citizens with the creative, entrepreneurial and intercultural skills they need </li></ul>
  21. 21. ICT and citizenship <ul><li>The switch to a digital culture is one of the main challenges of the XXIst century </li></ul><ul><li>ICT are provoking disruptive changes in all sectors of socioeconomic activity, at unprecedented speed </li></ul><ul><li>General accessibility to learning possibilities is one of such changes, but there are less positive ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Education has a major role in the development of the new models and mores of the digital society </li></ul><ul><li>Network ethics, identity management, privacy, piracy, children safety, have become urgent action areas </li></ul><ul><li>Active multistakeholder partnerships are needed </li></ul>
  22. 22. Some conclusions <ul><li>All European citizens should be aware of the potential of ICT for their own professions and for their daily lives </li></ul><ul><li>ICT has become an essential learning tool; ICT skills have become a first order literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Digital competences should be provided and certified by formal education and training systems </li></ul><ul><li>Further digital competence building possibilities must be available via non-formal or informal education </li></ul><ul><li>Digital resources and tools for continuing professional development at all levels are urgently needed </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation is of the essence </li></ul>
  23. 23. Some facts <ul><li>The use of ICT for education and training has come a long way in the last ten years </li></ul><ul><li>ICT equipment and infrastructures are now widely accessible and affordable everyday tools </li></ul><ul><li>Distance education is a key element in any ICT policy for education for the XXIst century </li></ul><ul><li>However, the case for ICT in education is far from being clear, technology is still in the driving seat </li></ul><ul><li>There is a certain “policy fatigue” – there is a need to refresh and refocus ICT policy discourses </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>But the good news are that practice does not show signs of fatigue…… </li></ul><ul><li>Over to Brian </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li> Thank you for your attention! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>