ICT Training Events on DCF

DCF_logo1The ICT Curriculum Team has published a series of training events based around the Digital Competence Framework. Should you wish to register to attend any of these events, please use the Eventbrite links for each event on the Learn ICT Short Courses web page: http://www.learn-ict.org.uk/courses.htm

We apologise for the short notice regarding the publishing of these events but they had to be offered, in the first instance, to schools who had identified support in these areas during the Autumn Core Visits from Challenge Advisers.

Please be aware that each event is limited to 12 participants due to the number of spaces available in the ICT Training Room at the Civic Centre. For each event, it is important that you have your Hwb log in details with you in order to access resources and materials.

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Digital skills on par with reading and maths in Welsh curriculum

Welsh Assembly GovernmentFrom this school term digital skills will increasingly become a part of every element of the curriculum in Wales, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today (Weds 21st Sep).

Changes to the curriculum mean digital skills will now be used through all parts of a pupil’s schooling and not just isolated to specific ICT or computer science classes.

The Welsh Government’s Digital Competence Framework is now available to all schools and follows two independent reviews that recommended changes.

The new approach means more than just using computers and aims to equip pupils with the digital skills they need and can apply in the real world in the years to come.
The changes aim to put Wales in a world-leading position of integrating digital skills across the curriculum. The framework will develop and adapt to keep pace with digital developments.

Digital Competence Framework – the filter version

dcf_filterThe Digital Competence Framework (DCF) is now available in a ‘filterable’ version as hinted at in the video released earlier this year. It is now possible to view aspects of the DCF by filtering by Year Group and Element.

If you prefer to view the whole DCF in its original spreadsheet format, it is possible to download the Excel file via the ‘Alternative versions’ button.

Not all classroom task ideas have been made available, although a number of cross-curricular ideas exist for some elements.

Link: http://learning.gov.wales/resources/browse-all/digital-competence-framework/framework?lang=en

Digital Competence Framework: 10 things you need to know before September!

DCF_logo1The Digital Competence Framework (DCF) has been designed to encapsulate the skills that will help learners thrive in an increasingly digital world. It will improve digital competence by helping embed digital skills across the curriculum. Pupils will be required to apply digital skills to a wide range of scenarios that can be transferred to the world of work.

Digital competence is the set of knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is the skillset that enables a person to be a confident digital citizen, to interact and collaborate digitally, to produce work digitally and to be confident in handling data and computational thinking (problem solving).

Read more on Learning Wales: http://learning.gov.wales/resources/browse-all/dcf-questionnaire/?lang=en

DCF questionnaire and supporting information

 

dcf_announceDigital competence is the set of knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable the confident, creative and critical use of technologies and systems. It is essential for children and young people, if they are to be informed, capable and have the potential to be successful in today’s society.

The Digital Competence Framework (DCF) has been designed to encapsulate the skills that will help learners thrive in an increasingly digital world. It will improve digital competence by helping embed digital skills across the curriculum. They will be required to apply digital skills to a wide range of scenarios that can be transferred to the world of work.

The DCF has been developed by practitioners from Digital Pioneer Schools, drawing on research, including consideration of existing regional and international digital frameworks. It has been designed to be a useful tool for schools and other settings to develop learners’ digital skills and to facilitate and strengthen learning across the curriculum.

The DCF is still in draft and we need your views to make sure the content is appropriate and clearly expressed. Your responses and a further review by the Digital Quality Assurance Group chaired by Professor Tom Crick will be taken into account by Digital Pioneer Schools in refining the DCF.

Consultation period: 13/6/2016 – 4/7/2016

http://learning.gov.wales/resources/browse-all/dcf-questionnaire/?lang=en

Starting your journey towards digital competence – registration open!

xma_rtc_eventBringing together three accredited Apple Regional Training Centres across South Wales to provide teachers with training , expertise and access to best practice to support your use of Apple in the classroom.

Venue: The Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Date: September 24th 2015

During the day, you will have the opportunity to rotate around 4 workshops which will cover using J2Review to develop online assessment, create Film in a Day, creative use of J2E and JIT on iPads and iMacs and getting the most out of iTunes and iTunes Author.

Register for the event now: http://ecards.xma.co.uk/RTC/22/

Starting your journey towards digital competence

Jxma_rtc_eventoin us for an exclusive free event to hear how Apple can transform learning for students and educators. Bringing together three accredited Apple Regional Training Centres from across South Wales to provide teachers with training, expertise and access to best practice to support your use of Apple technology in the classroom. 

Date  – September 24th

 Location –  Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Put this date in your diary, and look out for full event details and registration information coming soon.

For more information please contact John Mills

Announcement of Digital Pioneer Schools

Huw_Lewis_NDLE2015Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills

I updated Members in June about my plans to embed digital competence in our schools through a new framework that will be available from September 2016.  The introduction of a new Digital Competence Framework will be the first step in developing our ambitious new curriculum.

This framework will make digital competence a cross-curricular responsibility in line with literacy and numeracy. It will also cement the place of digital competency as a key skill that all our young people need to succeed.

By introducing the framework into schools, learners will have the opportunity to become confident and creative in their use of digital technologies and develop the skills that our economy needs to thrive.  This way of teaching and learning will also have an impact on the fundamental skills of teaching as digital skills become increasingly important in the classroom and will need a fresh perspective from the teaching workforce.

That is why I am keen that this new approach to teaching our children is developed by the very best of the Welsh teaching profession centre stage.  Innovative schools and practitioners who are leading the way in their field need to work with the Welsh Government, the regional education consortia, higher education, industry, parents and learners to create a new curriculum that will support and inspire our young people to reach their potential.

So today I am pleased to announce that I have approved a group of Digital Pioneer Schools – the first of our Pioneer Schools programme – who have been selected to create the new Digital Competence Framework.  These Digital Pioneers have been drawn from across Wales and represent the very best from our primary, secondary and special schools sectors.  They will work across English and Welsh medium schools to ensure that we create a framework fit for all learners.

Their work will start in the autumn term and will be overseen by an independent stakeholder reference group of business and educational leaders, including representatives from our National Digital Learning Council and leading digital employers such as Microsoft and our ICT Sector Panel.  I will also be looking to higher education – from the UK and internationally – to quality assure any approach we develop in Wales.  I am committed to ensuring that Welsh schools are at the forefront and will draw on expertise from across the world to make this happen.

In Swansea, the Digital Pioneer Schools are Gowerton Comprehensive and St Thomas Primary.

Read the full story here: http://gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/2015/digitalpioneer/?lang=en

New plans to embed digital competence into curriculum

Welsh Assembly GovernmentA new framework that will introduce digital competence across the curriculum to help pupils of all ages widen and develop their digital skills will be available to schools by September 2016, Education Minister, Huw Lewis has announced.

The announcement builds on the recommendations in the independent review of ICT in Wales, and Professor Graham Donaldson’s review of Curriculum and Assessment arrangements in Wales, which was published by the Welsh Government in March.

Both reports highlight that digital competence will be central to a young person’s success in life.

Although the Minister has yet to formally respond to Professor Donaldson’s report, he has today announced he wants to progress work to develop a new Digital Competence Framework that will help schools embed digital competency into their teaching and learning from September 2016.

The Digital Competence Framework will be produced through partnership working between Welsh Government, leading schools in the field that will be awarded Digital Pioneer status, regional consortia and experts from higher education and industry.

It will enable schools already at the forefront of embedding digital competence into their teaching and learning to  share their best practice across Wales.

More information here: http://gov.wales/newsroom/educationandskills/2015/10258869/?lang=en