There has been a growing awareness among the many European Member States that educators at all levels need a set of digital competencies specific to their profession that enables them to seize the potential of digital technologies for enhancing and innovating education. Professional digital competence for educators is not the same as general technology users. Even if someone is technically savvy, it doesn’t necessarily make them digitally competent educators. A different digital skillset is needed for professional educators.
This course is designed based on the DigCompEdu framework, which is the European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators, aiming to help educators at all levels to develop their digital pedagogic competence and strengthen the skills and knowledge about the use of information and communication technology in education.
The framework describes 22 professional digital competencies organized in 6 areas, with 6 proficiency levels. This course aims to help you to discover how to boost digital competence in your professional life, as well as learning how to effectively integrate technology in the classroom and ultimately empower students to develop their digital competence.
You will be guided to reflect upon your digital competence through a comprehensive self-assessment of digital competence for educators. You will also get familiar with digital technology for teaching and learning by exploring different tools and strategies. Besides, you will learn to apply digital assessment strategies and tools to facilitate feedback and analyze students’ progress.
By the end of the course, you will be able to gain a comprehensive understanding of digital competence for educators. You will be able to design a personal learning path for your professional development of digital competence. You will also be able to identify, modify and create suitable digital resources and assessments that are relevant to your objectives. By being a digitally competent teacher, you will enable your students to develop their digital skills too.
No prior technological skill is required for taking this course. The DigCompEdu framework focus on non-technical skills and detail on how technology can be used to enhance and innovate education of different levels. Want to be a digitally competent educator? This course will guide you onto the right path.
Concept by: Pui Ying Law
The course will help the participants to:
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of digital competence for educators;
- Be able to assess digital competence of oneself as an educator;
- Be able to design a personal learning path towards a digitally competent educator;
- To learn the key principles to integrate digital technologies into teaching and learning;
- To explore various digital resources and tools to facilitate collaborative learning and self-directed learning;
- To learn the strategies of assessment using digital tools and how the tools facilitate analysis of students’ progress and teachers’ feedback;
- To develop the capacity to empower students and help them to develop their digital skills.
Day 1 – Introduction to the course and to DigCompEdu
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities;
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Introduction to DigCompEdu
- A comprehensive self-assessment of digital competence based on the European framework of Digital competence for Educators;
- Planning personal learning path and target proficiency of digital competence.
Day 2 – Professional engagement and digital resources
- Exploring the usage of digital technologies for communication, collaboration, and professional development;
- Dos and Don’ts for selecting, modifying, creating, and sharing digital resources to facilitate learning.
Day 3 – Teaching and learning with digital tools
- Principles to manage the use of digital technologies to best support learning and to engage students;
- Exploring various digital tools and resources to facilitate collaborative learning and self-directed learning.
Day 4 – Digital assessment strategies
- Strategies to choose suitable digital assessment strategies and tools;
- Exploring digital tools that facilitate feedback and analysis of students’ progress.
Day 5 – Empowering students and facilitating students’ digital competence
- Ways to use digital technologies to enhance inclusion, personalization, and active engagement;
- Classroom practices that enable students to use digital technologies creatively and responsibly for communication, content creation, and problem-solving.
Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities
- Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
- Excursion and other external cultural activities
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.
If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.
The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.