• Posted 10-Apr-2019

Commission's focus on access to high-speed internet, safety and skills is what Europeans want, survey shows

European Commission strategies for boosting digital connectivity and skills are targeting real needs in the single market, according to the results of a comprehensive study of ICT in education published mid-March.

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The survey of head teachers, teachers, students and parents from the 28 EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Turkey covered a wide range of topics, including access to digital technologies, the use of digital technologies by teachers and pupils, the digital home environment of students and schools’ digital policies.

Among the key findings are that:

  • Fewer than one in five European students attend schools that have access to high-speed internet above 100 mbps
  • 79% of lower secondary school students and 76% of upper secondary school students never or almost never engage in coding or programming at school
  • More than six out of 10 European students are taught by teachers who expand their knowledge through ICT training courses in their own time
  • Only about half of students attending secondary schools have parents that feel they know enough about their child’s online behaviour

The survey helps underline the scale of the challenge. The Commission has proposed that all schools should have access to gigabit internet connectivity by 2025 in order to take full advantage of technological advances and innovative teaching methods from online learning platforms to video streaming. Yet with few schools still able to connect at speeds of 100mbps, let alone the 1000mbps that needed for gigabit connectivity, there is still a lot of work to do to make sure this target is met in the next five years. This is why the Commission has proposed investing in high-speed internet access across the EU through its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme for 2021-2027.

A similar gap is revealed by the survey when it comes to digital skills in schools, especially among girls. The fact many of the students surveyed do not have an opportunity to learn coding  shows the urgent need to scale-up events such as Code Week, a grassroots movement promoting programming and computational thinking in a fun and engaging way. The Commission wants to see 50% of schools in Europe taking part in Code Week events by 2020 with the aim of providing more opportunities for students to learn coding. There is a particular need to increase the participation of girls: the study shows that on average, more than 80% of girls never or almost never learn coding at school. Coding is only one area where women and girls are massively under-represented, and the Commission is working hard to get more women interested in the wider digital sector by focusing on three areas: the image of women in the media, improving digital skills for girls and women and increasing the number of female tech entrepreneurs.

The digital skills of teachers are also highlighted in the study. Digital is a fast moving sector, and teachers need to develop their skills on an ongoing basis if they are to use technologies effectively. Yet the study shows that more structured training programmes on teaching with digital technologies are needed to support teachers. The Commission is also acting to help teachers’ professional development and the further integration of ICT in education through its Erasmus+ programme, which offers many tools for exchanging best practices, peer learning and professional development of teachers at EU level (e.g. through the eTwinning network, School Education Gateway and the new SELFIE online tool to help schools assess how they are using digital technologies for teaching and learning). But the survey findings show that more work at both EU and national levels will be needed to further scale-up and promote these initiatives among schools, teachers and policy-makers.

Parents have always had an important role to play in the education of their children, and in this new era of ever-present digital technology this is more relevant than ever before. Unlike their parents, most students today were born in a completely digitised world. The results of the survey reveal that the majority of European parents nevertheless believe that digital technologies can help their children to study more efficiently and prepare them for the future: over 90% of European students have parents who believe that the use of ICT at school will potentially help their child find a job in the labour market. Parents can also play a key role in helping their children face the challenges digital technologies may bring, including online threats - although the study shows that only about half of students attending secondary schools regularly discuss online risks with their parents. To promote a safe and responsible use of technologies, the Commission is implementing a strategy for a Better Internet for Kids, co-funding Safer Internet Centres in Member States to raise awareness and foster digital literacy among minors, teachers and parents. This includes the annual Safer Internet Day, a worldwide event celebrated in over 150 countries aiming to raise awareness of online safety, and the #SaferInternet4EU awareness raising campaign which reached 30 million EU citizens in 2018.

More information: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/commissions-focus-access-high-speed-internet-safety-and-skills-what-europeans-want-survey-shows

 

 

Σύμφωνα με μια έρευνα οι Ευρωπαίοι θέλουν την επικέντρωση της Επιτροπής στην πρόσβαση σε διαδίκτυο υψηλών ταχυτήτων, την ασφάλεια και τις δεξιότητες

Σύμφωνα με τα αποτελέσματα μιας διεξοδικής μελέτης Τεχνολογίας Πληροφοριών και Επικοινωνιών (ΤΠΕ) στην εκπαίδευση που δημοσιεύτηκε στα μέσα Μαρτίου, οι στρατηγικές της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής για την ενίσχυση της ψηφιακής συνδεσιμότητας και δεξιοτήτων, στοχεύουν στις πραγματικές ανάγκες της ενιαίας αγοράς. 

Η έρευνα με τη συμμετοχή διευθυντών σχολείων, καθηγητών, μαθητών και γονέων από τα 28 κράτη μέλη, τη Νορβηγία, την Ισλανδία και τη Τουρκία, κάλυψε ένα ευρύ φάσμα θεμάτων συμπεριλαμβανομένης της πρόσβασης σε ψηφιακές τεχνολογίες, τη χρήση ψηφιακών τεχνολογιών από καθηγητές και μαθητές, το ψηφιακό περιβάλλον στο σπίτι μαθητών και οι ψηφιακές πολιτικές των σχολείων.

Μεταξύ των βασικών διαπιστώσεων είναι ότι:

  • Λιγότεροι από ένας στους πέντε Ευρωπαίους μαθητές έχουν πρόσβαση στο σχολείο σε διαδίκτυο υψηλών ταχυτήτων πάνω από 100mbps.
  • Το 79% των μαθητών δευτεροβάθμιων σχολείων και το 76% των μαθητών ανώτερης δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης ποτέ ή σχεδόν ποτέ δεν ασχολούνται με κωδικοποίηση ή προγραμματισμό στο σχολείο.
  • Περισσότερο από 6 στους 10 Ευρωπαίους μαθητές διδάσκονται από καθηγητές οι οποίοι διευρύνουν τις γνώσεις τους μέσω μαθημάτων κατάρτισης ΤΠΕ στον προσωπικό τους χρόνο.
  • Μόνο σχεδόν οι μισοί γονείς μαθητών δευτεροβάθμιων σχολείων πιστεύουν ότι γνωρίζουν αρκετά για τη διαδικτυακή συμπεριφορά του παιδιού τους.

Η έρευνα υπογραμμίζει την έκταση της πρόκλησης. Η Επιτροπή πρότεινε όπως όλα τα σχολεία θα πρέπει να έχουν πρόσβαση σε gigabit σύνδεση στο διαδίκτυο μέχρι το 2025 ώστε να επωφεληθούν πλήρως των τεχνολογικών εξελίξεων και των καινοτόμων μεθόδων διδασκαλίας, από ηλεκτρονικές πλατφόρμες εκμάθησης μέχρι βίντεο streaming. Με λίγα σχολεία να μπορούν να ενωθούν με ταχύτητες των 100mbps και πόσο μάλλον των 1000mbps που χρειάζονται για συνδεσιμότητα gigabit, πρέπει να γίνει ακόμη πολλή δουλεία για την επίτευξη του στόχου αυτού μέσα στα επόμενα πέντε χρόνια. Για αυτό το λόγο η Επιτροπή πρότεινε την επένδυση για την πρόσβαση σε διαδίκτυο υψηλών ταχυτήτων σε όλη την επικράτεια της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης μέσω του προγράμματος Διευκόλυνση «Ενώνοντας την Ευρώπη» για τη περίοδο 2021-2027.

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/commissions-focus-access-high-speed-internet-safety-and-skills-what-europeans-want-survey-shows