Stimulating interest in IT among young people in Europe

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Published on December 2, 2008

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Presentation given at the eSkills conference in Thessaloniki, October 2008

Stimulating interest in IT among young people in Europe Alexa Joyce European Schoolnet

Stimulating interest in IT among young people in Europe Falling interest but rising use Influencing factors on young people’s interest in IT EU and national actions in the field of education Multi-stakeholder example: e-Skills career portal Next steps

Falling interest but rising use

Influencing factors on young people’s interest in IT

EU and national actions in the field of education

Multi-stakeholder example: e-Skills career portal

Next steps

Falling interest but rising use Paradox: young people have falling interest in maths, science and technology in general Low interest in IT careers, particularly among girls Yet young people are keen users of IT tools IT consumers Majority use a blog, Facebook or MySpace account, or other IT tool regularly (particularly girls) Majority play computer games in some form Now spend more time on YouTube than watching TV

Paradox: young people have falling interest in maths, science and technology in general

Low interest in IT careers, particularly among girls

Yet young people are keen users of IT tools

IT consumers

Majority use a blog, Facebook or MySpace account, or other IT tool regularly (particularly girls)

Majority play computer games in some form

Now spend more time on YouTube than watching TV

Factors influencing students in IT interest and career choice Student Formal Informal Parents Peers Teachers Career guidance Culture Pedagogical use of IT Role models eConfidence Leisure use of IT Perception of IT Curriculum School IT facilities Gender

Multitude of actions in public sector But we play “catch up” with IT sector: new products and services arrive thick and fast! Need for all stakeholders to cooperate to improve digital literacy, from young children upwards. These initiatives are all supporting a transformation of education, using technology as a pedagogical tool.

e-Skills career portal New initiative: portal launching today! e-Skills Industry Leadership Board driving multi-stakeholder approach: Private companies in IT Organisations offering IT training and certification Education sector European Commission closely linked

New initiative: portal launching today!

e-Skills Industry Leadership Board driving multi-stakeholder approach:

Private companies in IT

Organisations offering IT training and certification

Education sector

European Commission closely linked

e-Skills career portal: aims and goals Offer a portal on IT skills targeting: Students at secondary and tertiary level Early career IT professionals Educators IT stakeholders: companies, EU level actors, etc.

Offer a portal on IT skills targeting:

Students at secondary and tertiary level

Early career IT professionals

Educators

IT stakeholders: companies, EU level actors, etc.

e-Skills career portal: aims and goals Provide a range of relevant information and services: Interviews, career profiles, self-tests News, publications, surveys, etc. Competitions for young people (digital creativity) Community tools to network stakeholders and actors Bring together results from as many initiatives as possible

Provide a range of relevant information and services:

Interviews, career profiles, self-tests

News, publications, surveys, etc.

Competitions for young people (digital creativity)

Community tools to network stakeholders and actors

Bring together results from as many initiatives as possible

View the portal Visit http://eskills.eun.org

Visit http://eskills.eun.org

Next steps Bring new partners into the initiative Continuous content updating and additions Dissemination actions for young people, first “career of the month” event Finalising of roadmap and planning for future developments Interoperability

Bring new partners into the initiative

Continuous content updating and additions

Dissemination actions for young people, first “career of the month” event

Finalising of roadmap and planning for future developments

Interoperability

What else is needed? Focus on teachers: Update skill sets Enhance mechanism to ensure up to date technologies Enable schools to take advantage of community learning opportunities Support students: Values-based curricular content Role models, authentic learning contexts Research on ICT perception Favour “digital media” over IT in communication Structural changes: More multi-stakeholder approaches View schools as community learning hubs and facilities Make inter-school cooperation fundamental in approach

Focus on teachers:

Update skill sets

Enhance mechanism to ensure up to date technologies

Enable schools to take advantage of community learning opportunities

Support students:

Values-based curricular content

Role models, authentic learning contexts

Research on ICT perception

Favour “digital media” over IT in communication

Structural changes:

More multi-stakeholder approaches

View schools as community learning hubs and facilities

Make inter-school cooperation fundamental in approach

e-Skills portal: http://eskills.eun.org Join partnership http://eskills.eun.org/web/guest/partnership Contact: [email_address] European Schoolnet: www.eun.org Thank you!

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