Digital competences and skills in schools
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Join this webinar to know more about digital competences, and how they can be applied in schools and classrooms.
Tuesday, 10 December at 17:00h CET
Speakers: Peter Birch, Coordinator for Education Policy and Systems Analysis at the Eurydice Network, European Commission; Seán Gallagher, Director of Incorporation at St Angela's College, Sligo
Digital competences are part of the European Commission’s key competences for life-long learning. The recent Eurydice report recognizes the importance of developing the relevant digital competences to learners and teachers, as well as the pedagogical use of technology in teaching, learning and assessment. This Webinar will present some key findings from the Eurycide report that provides concrete examples on how countries are addressing and tackling different aspects related to digital competences.
During the Webinar there will also be practical examples from a school that has taken part in the European Commission’s SELFIE tool which helps schools to embed digital technologies in their practices of teaching, learning and assessment.
Ahead of the webinar you can complete this pre-survey on digital competences and practices in your school and classroom.
Peter Birch is Coordinator for Education Policy and Systems Analysis in the Eurydice Network at the Executive Agency Education Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission. He has been coordinating reports on teachers in Europe and collaborating on a number of reports dealing with staff in higher education, transnational mobility of HE students, and school evaluation. Lately, he has co-authored the Eurydice report on Digital Education at School in Europe. He has a degree in foreign languages and Master degree in Education with the Open University UK. He has been involved in projects dealing with e-learning, language learning, and school quality assurance. He has experience as teacher and trainer.
Seán Gallagher is Director of Incorporation at St. Angela’s College, Sligo. From 2012 to 2017, Seán was seconded to the role of Deputy Director of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) in Ireland with responsibility for the provision of supports to schools as to how digital technologies can be integrated into teaching, learning and assessment. He has collaborated with the Joint Research Centre in Seville and was the national coordinator in Ireland for the SELFIE pilot project. He has contributed to teacher publications in Ireland and has been a regular speaker/workshop facilitator at education conferences focussing on the use of digital technologies in education.