New core IT skills qualification for the education sector launched at BETT 2003

6 January 2003

BCS is launching " ECDL for Educators" at BETT 2003, an approved IT learning programme for teachers, including support staff, returnees and the newly qualified.

"ECDL for Educators" is a tailored learning programme that will enable teaching staff to gain the widely recognised ECDL qualification but through tasks specific to the teaching environment.

The qualification will enable the application of newly acquired IT skills within the classroom and beyond. The pedagogical requirements of the teacher will also be addressed by the development of a specific ECDL module due later this year.

ECDL is a respected standard for IT competence, it assists improving efficiency and management of the administrative workload. It is also a measurable demonstration of a teacher's computer literacy and a valuable qualification in its own right.

"ECDL for Educators" is courseware that is simple and flexible. It can be delivered as a face to face or self study package or even a combination of both, enabling it to be adapted to fit into the teacher's working timetable.

The learning programme consists of 7 ECDL modules with an added and specific focus on classroom use. These include:

  • Basic Concepts of IT
  • Using the Computer and Managing Files
  • Wordprocessing - to mange classroom tasks, activities and lesson plans
  • Spreadsheets - for organising and managing classroom data
  • Database - for creating and monitoring classroom lists, forms and reports
  • Presentation - as a visual interactive learning tool
  • Information and Communication - including the Internet, searching for classroom resources and communicating by email

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