The pandemic has amplified the increasing need for digital skills in all aspects of today’s life: to work, to learn, and to communicate.
In order to support young people around the world in their learning and professional journey, Pix, the French online platform open for everyone to assess, develop and certify their digital skills, joined the Global Skills Academy as one of its founding partners in July 2020.
As part of the Global Skills Academy, one of the three missions of the Global Education Coalition, Pix is making its original platform available free of cost to support the evaluation and development of digital skills and is working closely with trainers from TVET institutions in five African countries.
Through an interactive platform, Pix ensures that learners receive a tailor-made training based on previously assessed skills. Pix provides key insight on the strengths and weaknesses of their trainees to help them adapt their teaching and target the areas where their learners need to improve. Thanks to clues and tutorials available on the platform, trainees can also learn while testing their skills across five areas of digital competence: information and data; communication and collaboration; content creation; protection and security; and digital environment.
More information on the platform is available here.
On February 17-18 DIMELI4AC partners flew to Pallini (Greece) to discuss the work done in the past few months and decide on the next steps towards the implementation of the DIMELI@SCHOOL programme.
DIMELI4AC is an Erasmus+ KA2 project which aims to promote the development of digital media literacy (DML) and critical thinking skills among students aged 10 to 15 with the support of their parents, teachers and schools.
After concluding the initial research stage and finalizing a Competence Framework, DIMELI4AC partners have been hard at work to develop teaching and learning materials for students on the topic of digital media literacy. The resources, which will eventually become part of a comprehensive implementation pack for schools, cover six crucial topics within the framework of digital media literacy education:
Each Module will contain a minimum of three resources:
APowerPoint presentation: to easily present the topic in class
Teachers’ notes: to guide teachers in planning DML classes
Pre- and post-assessment: to evaluate students’ understanding and issue Open Badges
All resources will become available before summer on the DIMELI e-learning platform, where students, teachers and parents will be able to access the files and communicate with each other through the forum.
Until the end of the year, DIMELI4AC partners plan to focus on the next two crucial resources:
An interactive game for students which will allow them to test their knowledge and, after obtaining an Open Badge for each of the six modules, receive the overall DIMELI Open Badge;
An Implementation Pack for schools, containing all necessary resources to implement the DIMELI4AC programme in their classrooms (including teaching and training materials, GDPR consent form templates, promotional material etc.)
After a pleasant and productive two days, DIMELI4AC partners are looking forward to the months to come and to the opportunity to test their training materials before the project final conference, which will take place in Brussels (Belgium) in the spring of 2021.
LLLP was represented by its President Luis Costa, who addressed the Ministers and highlighted the importance of a lifelong learning approach to both citizenship education and the manner in which we address the digital world. The meeting came indeed at a timely moment, as European agendas for education are exploring both digital innovation and a renewed approach to citizenship education.
Ministers appreciated the great work that LLLP carries out in the field of media literacy, digital learning, and the advocacy that it does vis-à-vis policy-makers. A permanent reflexion in Europe (and beyond) is topical nowadays, and LLLP is leading the way among civil society organisations with a working group on digital learning and a position paper that remains a pillar in the future discussions. The Lifelong Learning Platform endorsed the idea of an observatory for digital citizenship education, as – in the words of our President Luis Costa – helps the “promotion of democracy through education”.
European societies know the difference between democratic systems and authoritarian regimes. They have all lived both and Europe should recognise with adequate policy instruments that education and lifelong learning remain vital for the preservation of our democracies.