Teachers and students alike benefit by implementing the ICDL program, according to the Chief Academic Officer at ALISON, Martin Galvin. He said that teachers can utilize this basic IT training program as a tool to integrate technology into their classrooms, but it also a great program for their own IT professional development. “Its appeal is broad”, according to Galvin, as “IT training has value for individuals at all stages of their careers.”
ALISON CEO Mike Feerick described his organization as being committed to Article 26 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "Education is a human right" according to Feerick, and "at ALISON we believe that making high-quality IT e-learning freely available to students across the US, is vitally important if we are to turn this era of ‘digital divide’ into an era of ‘digital opportunity!’"
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are using ICDL certification to help ensure their students’ future success as they progress onto college or into the workforce. For example it is used in several Philadelphia School District Career Academies, such as the Automotive Academy at West Philadelphia High School. According to Simon Hauger, the Automotive Academy Director, ICDL is a valued part of the students’ ninth grade course requirements. At the Technology Small Learning Community in Northeast High School Philadelphia, teacher Colleen Yaremko recently described the ICDL program as an “important foundation stone for all further IT training”.
The ICDL program is a fully-integrated solution of training components, certification testing and administrative tools, that assure an educational institution that basic digital skills have been successfully demonstrated and are ready to be put to use.
ALISON is one of the world's largest free online learning websites. With 8 million registered learners and 1 million graduates worldwide across 200+ countries worldwide, it is a pioneer in a new model of free certified learning where both learning and assessment are free of charge to the learner. With ALISON, anyone can be tested anywhere on any subject at any time. Founded in 2007, ALISON is widely recognised as the first MOOC, beginning a movement which today is revolutionizing global access to education and workplace skills training and employment opportunity.
Over 700+ free courses are offered at Diploma or Certificate level with subjects ranging from touch typing, to English grammar to Diplomas in Business and Finance. In excess of 50,000 topics of learning are available for free study on the ALISON platform. In a Feb 2014 survey, 14% of ALISON graduates stated that via free study on ALISON, they either obtained a new job, a promotion or a new college placement. ALISON enables learners to enhance their workplace skills, increasing their earning potential and enhancing their career prospects.
The ALISON free educational model is highly scalable and self-funding. Its mission is enable anyone, anywhere to study on any subject at any time. It seeks to realise this vision to its fullest extent by mobilising a team of staff and volunteers worldwide dedicated to enabling all education and learning to be free online by harnessing new technologies and business methodologies. ALISON's unique model and ambition has earned the company many accolades and awards including a UNESCO Award for Innovation in ICT for Education in 2010, an Ashoka Award 2011 and a World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award in 2013. ALISON has been recognised widely for its impact by national governments, NGOs and international press & media, among these The Economist, BBC, and NY Times. ALISON is a for-profit social enterprise founded and led by Mike Feerick, an Irish serial social entrepreneur, ASHOKA Fellow, and Harvard MBA.
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The ICDL will train Egyptian Ministry of Healthcare workers in its new HIS module, says Ezzo.
Published Wednesday, 25 March 2015By Mark Sutton
The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population (National Information Center for Health Information Technology and Statistics) and ICDL Arabia, have signed an agreement to deliver ICDL IT and HIS certifications to the ministry's healthcare workers.
Under the agreement, ICDL will train staff in its new ICDL ‘Health Information System Usage' (HIS) module, which has been designed to improve IT skills in the healthcare sector.
The Ministry of Health also plans to seek endorsements from the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt to implement the ICDL HIS Usage module for students studying in the medical, nursing and pharmacology faculties.
In future the Ministry of Health and ICDL Arabia are looking to cooperate in creating an advanced HIS Usage module to address the skilling of healthcare professionals with more advanced HIS features. Moreover, ICDL Arabia will promote any co-developed modules and introduce them in the GCC States in return for securing grants and support to the ministry's efforts in delivering ICT skills to its own employees. Once this module is fully developed, it will be offered under the Ministry of Health and ICDL Arabia brands.
The ICDL will also assist the Ministry in delivering the standard ICDL certification program to its staff, as part of a deal signed with the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to train 100,000 Egyptian government employees in the ICDL program.
The Ministry will immediately move to accredit its training centers to deliver training and testing in line with the ICDL international standards.
Jamil Ezzo, director general of ICDL Arabia commented: ‘'Today, the healthcare sector across the region still lags behind compared to other sectors in the implementation of Information and Technology systems particularly in patient care and administration and its growing cost remains to be an increasing burden on government-financed healthcare system and employer-based health insurance, placing the local economies at a competitive disadvantage. Our agreement with the Egyptian Ministry of Health will ensure that ICT skills are widespread at a very large scale involving healthcare professionals as well as anyone who enters this sector."
The three year protocol was signed by Professor Dr. Hanaa Amer, Assistant Minister for Technical Support and Development at Ministry of Health and Jamil Ezzo, in the presence of Eng. Tareq Badr, Assistant to the Minister of State for Planning and Follow-up and Administrative Reform and Coordinator for the Development of Information Technology at Ministry of Health and Inas Badr, Head of Health IT and Statistics Training Centres.
1 T HE W ORLD OF ICDL By: E MAN A ZMI Assistant Lecturer, Coordinator of R&D Unit (H.I.C.I.S) Training Expert (IFC – World Bank)
2 nternational omputer riving icense W HAT I S ICDL? It is the world's largest and fastest growing certification in computer skills. known as the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) inside Europe. It is designed specifically for those who wish to gain or improve basic qualification in computing with an internationally recognized qualification.
3 nternational omputer riving icense W HAT I S ICDL? It is the world's largest and fastest growing certification in computer skills. known as the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) inside Europe. It is designed specifically for those who wish to gain or improve basic qualification in computing with an internationally recognized qualification. No prior knowledge of IT or desktop skills is required… So… Put Yourself in the Driving Seat! W HY ?
4 I MPORTANCE O F ICDL? The ICDL enjoys huge popularity around the world. Currently, over 6 million people have studied for the qualification in 146 countries around the world.
5 The qualification approved by Egyptian and Jordanian governments; Ministries and Departments In UAE, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia recommend the ICDL qualification. I MPORTANCE O F ICDL? ICDL IN THE M IDDLE E AST
6 The UNESCO Cairo Office is the licensee for the operation of the ICDL program in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. The ICDL GCC Foundation is the licensee to administer and oversee the ICDL certification program in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. H OW D OES ICDL W ORK I N T HE M IDDLE E AST
7 The Egyptian Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, and Ministry of ICT and e-Government ICDL I N E GYPT All have authorized the ICDL program for their employees and teachers.
8 Study the courses of ICDL 7 modules. M AIN S TEPS T O G ET Y OUR ICDL C ERTIFICATION Get your ICDL Skills Card from an accredited test center. It is a record of each module passed and valid for 3 years. Get your test and pass a module by achieving a score of 75% or greater. The maximum duration for each ICDL test is 45 minutes. After you successfully pass 1 theoretical and 6 practical tests, your stamped skills card will sent to the National ICDL Operator to get your ICDL certificate.
9 ICDL 7 M ODULES Module 1: Basic Concepts of IT: IT Components of a computer, definitions, common computer terms, computer use in everyday life... Module 2: Using the Computer and Managing Files: files Working on a desktop, organising files, simple editing, print features... Module 3:Word Processing: (Microsoft Word) Opening a document, basic operations, styling and editing a document, printing a document...
10 ICDL 7 M ODULES Module 4: Spreadsheets: (Microsoft Excel) Opening a spreadsheet, inputting data, working with formulasfunctions, graphs and charts, printing... Module 5: Databases: (Microsoft Access) Planning a database, entering and sorting data, retrieving information, reporting... Module 6: Presentations: (Microsoft PowerPoint) Creating a presentation, formatting textimages, inserting graphics, printing, distribution, added effects... Module 7: Information and Communication: (Microsoft Internet Explorer) Getting started on the Internet, Web browsing, , managing messages...
11 The License (in side the Middle East)
12 The License (out side the Middle East)
13 Practice! T HE P RACTICAL W AY T O G AIN Y OUR ICDL C ERTIFICATION Put yourself in the driving seat and…
14 “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” Abraham Lincoln ( ) D ON’T F ORGET!
16 P UT Y OURSELF IN THE D RIVING S EAT
17 V ALUABLE W EBSITES Australian Computer Society .
18 V ALUABLE W EBSITES An international website provide a sample of ICDL exercises, quizzes, lessons, and links
19 V ALUABLE W EBSITES
20 a leading provider for IT training, development, project management and consulting in Egypt.
21 V ALUABLE W EBSITES Egyptian Ministry of ICT and e-Government website. It provide a valuable offer for an ICDL scholarship to Egyptian people end by 30 June 2007
22 V ALUABLE W EBSITES
23 A CCREDITED ICDL T EST C ENTERS
24 U SEFUL M ATERIALS
25 Thank you
Not-for-profit IT competency and skills examination provider EXIN South Pacific (the Examination Institute for Information Science) has taken over from the Australian Computer Society as the exclusive national provider of the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL).
The ICDL is a vendor-neutral competency standard for computer literacy in over 150 countries, and aims to teach people how to "drive" a computer with the same ease as a vehicle.
EXIN took over the certification processes, marketing and business development of ICDL in Australia from the ACS at the beginning of the month. EXIN South Pacific MD Peter Cross said the examination provider plans to expand the number of accredited test centres supporting ICDL in Australia.
"To further enhance the value of ICDL in Australia, we also intend to introduce a range of new products and to ramp up lobbying activity to education, government and industry organisations so they will embrace ICDL. It is an ideal standard by which we can all work together to improve digital literacy standards in Australia," he said.
ACS CEO Kim Denham said ICT literacy is a life skill and Australia needs a nationally consistent standard for ICT literacy in schools that is applied and tested in the same way as national standards for numeracy and literacy.
"Strong ICT literacy amongst the population is essential for Australia's sustained prosperity. ICDL standard has continued to spread over the years and so have the benefits, as more employers use it to drive productivity and to measure the PC skills of staff and job candidates. We have no doubt that there are tremendous benefits for both employees and employers in embracing ICDL training and testing.
"Having EXIN South Pacific take over the ICDL licence in Australia will allow for the whole program to be ramped up through existing training and testing centres as well as accelerating the development of new channels," Denham said.
The ACS will continue to help promote the program and will contribute to course material development and examination content, she said.
Established locally in 1999, the ICDL standard has been completed by over 45,000 candidates and has been expanded to include more advanced programs. Cross said EXIN will immediately introduce new products and training partnerships to deliver ICDL and e-Citizen certifications through more education institutions.
"ICDL Advanced is a higher-level program designed for those who have successfully reached ICDL skills levels and wish to further enhance their computer proficiency.
"Meanwhile e-Citizen allows candidates to learn about the Internet without requiring prior computer knowledge which is increasingly an important literacy skill as more and more organisations and government departments are using the Internet to provide essential information and services," he said.
Cross said he would like to see every school and TAFE college student in Australia graduate with the ICDL minimum level of computer literacy.
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This 2 day introductory course is approved by the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). It is aimed at families and professionals. It is the first step towards professionals becoming accredited ICDL DIR®Floortime™ practitioners. It is delivered by ICDL Training Leader Denise Wilson, Occupational Therapist and Play Therapist.
DIR®Floortime™ is a comprehensive, family-centred Model of intervention for children and adults with disorders in relating and communicating, including autism. It was born of the work of Dr Stanley Greenspan MD and Dr Serena Weider PhD. It is continually being researched and updated by those associated with the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). A recent study has shown that coaching parents to carry out Floortime with their children, reduces the child's autism symptoms whilst also reducing parental stress and depression.
DIR® stands for Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based:
Developmental – The course gives an overview of Greenspan’s Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities 1-6. These are the capacities a child must master for healthy emotional and intellectual growth. The stages are,
Individual Differences - Each child has their own unique profile which needs to be taken into account and, possibly, treated. Individual differences within the child, or within their environment, will either help, or hinder, the child in acheiving their potential. Improving our knowledge of each child's Individual Differences, helps us to understand the child's unique experience within their bodies and their perception of their world. These differences may be in the following areas,
Relationship-Based - The emotionally charged interactions between the child and their caregivers are at the core of the Model. Brain chemistry changes when the child is excited, motivated and positive. This improves neurological processing, helping the child to think and learn more effectively. The child develops an understanding of themselves and the world through long chains of back and forth interactions with their caregivers.
Floortime - Through video examples and discussion, course participants will see how Floortime play supports the D, I and R, so that the child can evolve towards independent thinking and sustaining warm, loving relationships.
A light lunch and refreshments are included onn both days. The course runs from 9.30am-16.30pm both days. Registration on the first day is from 9am.
For more information visit nnectingthroughplay and .icdlm
For queries specific to this course please contact coursesthriveotsm