Digiskills at the the 6th "International Conference on New Horizons in Education"

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Event date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015

It was a wonderful June for DigiSkills. Two international events hosted a Digiskills event, in the same time at the same place, in Barcelona, where both the 2015 EDEN Annual Conference and the 66th "International Conference on New Horizons in Education" inBarcelona, Spain from 10-12 June 2015. took place.

DigiSkills had a full paper accepted for participation at the 6th "International Conference on New Horizons in Education" to be held at Barcelona, Spain from 10-12 June 2015.

The Association of Science, Education and Technology (TASET), Governors State University and Sakarya University organised the 6th "International Conference on New Horizons in Education" in Barcelona, Spain from 10-12 June 2015.

The main aim of the congress is to bring scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups interested in education to present their works on the developments in educational sciences. International Conference on New Horizons in Education (INTE) provides an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields to share their theoretical knowledge, research findings and educational practices with their colleagues and academic community. This annual conference also serves to further the advancement and innovation in learning and teaching.

DigiSkills' full paper in the programme was entitled "A NETWORK FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF DIGITAL COMPETENCE SKILLS" with the authors of Sofoklis SOTIRIOU, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Athens, Greece and Andrina GRANIC, University of Split, Faculty of Science, Split, Croatia. Read the Abstract of the paper below:

Digital Competence, as the set of knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required when using Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) and digital media to perform everyday human activities, have started to be
understood as "life skills". Nevertheless, concerning the integration of innovative technology and approaches,
many teachers do not possess required competences for the pedagogical use of ICT in teaching and learning. The
DigiSkills project, as a Network for the Enhancement of Digital Competence Skills, aims to support teachers of
all levels of education to combine ICT skills with pedagogy, to use ICT skills in the curriculum and in the
institutional organisation. In the framework of the network, success is based on the development of a large
Community of Practice (CoP) which enables sharing of "DigiSkills best practices" from various European
countries to show their own scenarios of use of learning tools and methodologies tested in their real settings.
Additionally, to support a larger number of teachers, the project has set up the Digital Competence Academy.
The paper provides an insight into the convergence of the project objectives with the findings in the recent
reports/initiatives worldwide aiming to investigate which digital technologies and how can be used for meeting
the 21st century lifelong learning societal needs taking into consideration global as well as local challenges.
Furthermore, the paper presents the data analysis and basic findings from one-year long implementation of the
DigiSkills tools with teachers’ communities that demonstrate the importance of the development of online CoP
as the core nodes for teachers’ professional development and support.