It is no surprise that computers are vital to daily life, and so it is also no surprise that digital skills are essential for everyone. Skills, like working collaboratively online, or being able to safely and effectively use a web browser and tools like email and search engines, might seem simple, but they can unlock many possibilities. These digital skills are also important in schools and in our daily lives. Learning to read and write is a process of learning foundational skills that will be needed every day for the rest of your life; digital skills are a little different.
Learning is something that should happen, and indeed, must be a possibility, throughout our whole lifetime. But the seed of a lifetime of learning is planted in school. Unfortunately, for the most part, digital skills haven’t been the priority they need to be.
A common reaction to the need to develop young peoples’ digital skills is to throw technology at the problem. Big investments in computer equipment for classrooms and e-learning solutions promise to unleash a generation of ‘digital natives, there is no reason that young people should have innate digital skills. Buying lots of classroom technology is simply not enough on its own; building the digital skills of teachers and students is a vital step in actually benefiting from computers in education.
Using technology in the classroom does not always lead to a better quality of education or higher achievements by students. In maths tests in particular, almost any time spent using computers led to poorer performance by students!
On 7th April 2018 Coastech Empowerment Community in collaboration with Al-Munawwarah College organized a forum to showcase on the power of ICDL course. The event kicked off with a word of prayer from one of the students at the college, and Shehnaz introduced both organizations.
Then she introduced the first speaker who was Mukhtar Salim, where he gave an introduction to the programme. He went further mentioning what ICDL is and its benefits.
ICDL programmes are for anyone who wishes to become fully competent in the use of a computer and common applications. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. ICDL modules provide a practical programme of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas which are validated by a test.
The ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) is an internationally recognised certificate. It certifies practical skills in the most commonly used computer applications. Currently, there are 14 ICDL modules and five certificates on offer which meet current demands regarding digital knowledge and skills.
He then mentioned why the college is offering ICDL modules. Being one of the centres, it looks further in improving students’ prospects and strengthen and widen the scope of its education programmes. He continued in mention why one needs to study ICDL and are as follows
ICDL FOR INDIVIDUALS
The ability to use a computer effectively is an essential life skill. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. A computer skills certification can help the holder’s professional life by making them more attractive to employers, while increasing their ability to communicate and access information and services in their personal life.
ICDL FOR EMPLOYERS
Skilled employees enable organisations to use technology more effectively, leading to increases in productivity and competitiveness and ensuring that operational objectives are achieved more efficiently. ICDL certification programmes are used to increase the value of human capital and achieve productivity gains through developing competent employees.
There was a break of thirty (30) minutes, where the attendees were served with drinks and snacks as they network and get to share ideas and views toward the subject above.
At 10.30 everyone was settled and ready for the second speaker was none other than Murtaza Khuzeima, who took the attendees through a demo of online collaboration tools. He called one of the attendees to volunteer and see how interactive the tools are.
Shehnaz did an ice breaker just to keep everyone on the hype and motivated.
Fatma who is the college marketing coordinator talked on offers and pricing of each module. She gave out an offer that there will be a thirty percent 30% discount for the first five (5) students who will register.