The first European Media Literacy Forum will bring together experts, teachers, media professionals, industry, audiovisual authorities, researchers, NGOs, and foundations with the aim of discussing MIL policies at a European level.
The International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2014) has issued a final call for abstracts, extending the deadline to 12 May 2014.
- Oral Presentations
- Company Presentation
- Virtual Presentations
The International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2014) offers a worldwide connection between teachers, students, researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, interested in exploring and giving their contribution in educational issues.
END 2014 will feature presentations from diverse countries and cultures on research related to the following themes:
- Teachers and Students
- Projects and Trends
- Teaching and Learning
- Organizational Issues
The conference's keynote speaker will be Professor Hanna David of Tel Aviv University (Emerita), Israel. Professor David will speak about the social and educational difficulties the gifted child has to deal with in the regular as well as in the gifted classroom and present techniques which might help overcoming them.
Registration for the conference is now open. Early registration ends on 14 March, 2014. Visit the conference website for more information and to register.
The statement is based on analysis of national government/educational/library point of view on information literacy concept and common standards used in your higher education institutions (at your universities) using information available online.
Code.org is a non-profit organization in the education sector with a mission to get students to learn how to code. The organization was founded by brothers Hadi and Ali Patrovi, both successful tech entrepreneurs. Having achieved considerable success as programmers, entrepreneurs, and investors, they turned their energies towards promoting computer science education in schools.
Their first Hour of Code campaign, which took place during Computer Science Education Week in December 2013, far outstripped expectations and gave millions of students worldwide their first lessons in coding.
Code.org was founded by Hadi Partovi and his brother Ali Partovi. They were born and raised in Iran, then immigrated to the United States. Among other projects, they co-founded iLike, a popular music app on Facebook. As angel investors and startup advisors, their portfolio includes companies such as Facebook and Dropbox.
At 38, Hadi retired from Microsoft. He decided it was time to act on a new idea.
“Technology is literally taking over our world, and yet there is only a small percentage of people that has the skills to create the technologies that we’re all consuming,” said Hadi. He and his brother started Code.org, a website that offers free hour-long tutorials that teach children the basics of coding.
“If we got more students to learn programming and how to code, first of all, all of our children would be better prepared for the 21st century,” said Hadi. “Every career that you can think of in the modern day world should have some background of [computer science].”
The Partovi brothers started by producing a Youtube video featuring celebrities like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and basketball player Chris Bosh. The video struck a nerve and went viral, sparking the movement that led to the success of the Hour of Code.
The organisation’s new mission is to bring computer science classes to every school in the USA. Hadi an Ali believe that anyone can learn the basics of computer science, and that it should be a crucial part of the modern education system.
“There’s no other skill that helps amplify the creativity of the human mind the way computer programming does,” said Hadi.
According to the European Commission, by 2015 there could be 900 000 unfilled jobs in the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. The ICT sector has huge growth potential, but is held back by the lack of appropriately skilled workers.
The OECD released a study in October 2013 that assessed the ICT skills of 5.000 Europeans, of whom one quarter were unable to effectively use ICT tools and technologies.
The good news is that the European Commission is taking steps to make it easier for companies, educational institutions, and job-seekers to work towards filling the gap. Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s new research and innovation framework, has earmarked 15 million Euros for ICT research from 2014 to 2020. The Erasmus+ Programme, the EU’s umbrella programme for education, training, youth and sport, also provides significant funding to training and mobility projects in a variety of sectors, including ICT.
Digital Skills Initiatives
In March 2013, the European Commission launched the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs in an attempt to unite various stakeholders from across the continent to address the skills gap and fill the 100,000 new ICT jobs opening up each year.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, said:
“If, together, we can turn the tide and fill the growing number of ICT vacancies, we will see a much wider impact across the whole economy. We want to empower Europeans to fill the jobs that will drive the next ICT revolution."
The Digital Agenda for Europe is also kicking off a new project, as part of the Startup Europe initiative, to get more people to learn about web skills through massive open online courses (MOOCs). MOOCs offer university-level courses for free online, giving anyone with a computer and a connection the opportunity to learn independently and interactively. The home of the initiative is a new group on Open Education Europa that will make it easier for learners to find free online courses on various web skills and connect with other leaners.
The International Conference on Education and New Developments 2014 invites researchers to showcase presentations, from the most diverse countries and cultures, to promote growth in research methods intimately related to teaching, learning and applications in Education nowadays.
The END 2014 international conference seeks to provide some answers and explore the processes, actions, challenges and outcomes of learning, teaching and human development. Our goal is to offer a worldwide connection between teachers, students, researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, interested in exploring and giving their contribution in educational issues.
- Oral Presentations
- Company Presentation
- Virtual Presentations
The topics for the papers can fall into a number of categories, including: teachers and students, projects and trends, teaching and learning, and organizational issues. The papers must report original, previously unpublished findings from the field.
The END 2014 conference will take place in Madrid, Spain, on 28-30 June, 2014.