ESSENTIALS FOR DEVELOPING DIGITAL SKILLS AT SCHOOL:


Everything from the way we live, work, learn, how we interact with other people and actively participate in society, is highly influenced by technology’s rapid evolution. Nowadays, digital skills are an essential requirement for everyone, especially younger generations, to guarantee their wellbeing and their successful adaption into an increasing digitalized society.

It has been proven that 80% of the learning process takes place outside of the classroom, thanks to action and interaction. Digital technologies can help transform teaching and learning by allowing the process to extend beyond the school limits, and by providing limitless real-life applications.

For that, providing students with key related competences will encourage them to explore their full potential. Digital skills are transversal, and can support mastering other key competences such as communication, language, math or science; which can enhance their personal, academic and consequent professional development. But first, it is indispensable to train educators in digital competences, and guide them along the process for developing the adequate environment and conditions for pupils.

Module I )

Methodology:

Readings, study cases, lectures and class exercises.

Objectives:

⚪ Offer an introduction to Digital Skills, related concepts, and its role and relevance in education;

⚪ Look at specific skill areas and how to address them in the classroom;

⚪ Learn key theories, principles and challenges in using digital technologies to support teaching and learning;

⚪ Study current practices that are transforming the future of digital learning and digital literacy;

⚪ Enhance your professional development as a teacher, by learning how to use digital technologies critically and purposefully.

Module II )

Methodology:

Tutorials and audio-visual aids, role playing, hands-on learning.

Objectives:

⚪ Introduce to educators a series of tools that help them teach pupils to use the available technological resources appropriately and efficiently;

⚪ Develop effective and reflective practices in leading learning using digital technologies;

⚪ Experiment and innovate in own context with the opportunities offered by available digital technologies;

⚪ Learn to design lessons focused on a range of digital skills.

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