Een pionier in het Handboek Digitale geletterdheid van Kennisnet

Het Handboek Digitale geletterdheid is op 24 november uitgekomen. Een mooie prestatie van Remco Pijpers en van Kennisnet. Er is geen gedrukte versie (spreekt dit boekdelen?), de digitale versie hier downloaden.
Ik ben trots dat ik genoemd wordt als een Pionier Digitale geletterdheid in hoofdstuk 8 met een mooi interview. En elders in het boek mag ik mijn zegje ook nog doen. De andere twee pioniers zijn Nadia Demaret (schoolleider) over digitale geletterdheid op de vrije school, en de welbekende Patrick Koning (docent mbo) over digitale geletterdheid op het vmbo.

For my English speaking friends. November 24 the Handbook Digital Literacy (Handboek Digitale geletterdheid) was published by Kennisnet, the public organization for Education & ICT. Digital literacy was getting more attention in the last 4 years, but publishing a Handbook by the government is a significant event. A very good accomplishment of Remco Pijpers and colleagues. You can download the digitale version here. There is no printed version available, we are in the digital times 😉
What makes me very proud is to be named as a  Pionieer Digital Literacy. In chapter 8 there is an interview and I’m quoted on several other places in the Handbook. It feels like a reward for working on improving digital literacy for the last decennium. Happy to continue to work with teachers and schools, as a pioneer. There is only a Dutch version of the Handbook. Please brush up you Dutch.

UNESCO International Literacy Day & expertmeeting ‘Literacy in a digital world’

Morgen (8 september) is het International Literacy Day.

Verspreid de informatie. Het is een heel belangrijk doel dat met deze dag bereikt moet worden. Zie hieronder informatie die je kan verspreiden. gebruik je eigen kanalen!
Ik ga naar de bijeenkomst van UNESCO ‘Literacy in a digital world’. Zie ook hier

This year, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’. On 8 September, 2017 a global event will be organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, with the overall aim to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.
We would like to provide you with relevant information about literacy and encourage you to visit our ILD website to find relevant publications and resources on literacy in relation to this year’s theme. As every year, UNESCO’s library provides special access to all literacy publications, find more information on the ILD webpage.

Fact sheet on literacy from UNESCO Institute for Statistics
As every year, UNESCO Institute of Statistics provide an updated fact sheet on literacy, an e-Atlas and a specially dedicated webpage for International Literacy Day. We also provide direct access through our ILD webpage to these valuable resources.

UNESCO Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL)

As mentioned in an earlier post  on 7 September the Core Group of the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL) will hold a one-day meeting. I will participate in this meeting as an observer.
For those of you who are not familiar with the GAL some information.

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, one of UNESCO’s specialist institutions with a core mandate for literacy and lifelong learning, has been asked by UNESCO to lead the consultation process for establishing the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL). As literacy will play a direct or indirect role in achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), GAL aims to help Member States make accelerated progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Alliance, which will be composed of experts and representatives of UN and government agencies, donors, national and international non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, will work towards improving literacy for sustainable development through concrete action and tangible outcomes.

Reasons for establishing GAL

The international community recognizes literacy as an ‘indispensable foundation for independent learning’ in the Education 2030 Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action. ‘A world with universal literacy’ is also a key part of the vision set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The Agenda’s target for literacy is ‘to ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy’ by 2030 (Target 4.6). GAL aims to help Member States achieve this ambitious target.

Challenges for GAL

GAL will encourage policy coherence and take action to promote the mobilization of resources, the availability of high-quality and timely data through improved assessment and monitoring, the effective utilization of information and communications technology, and the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships at regional and national levels. Furthermore, GAL will be transversal in three ways: across age (from early childhood through to adulthood); across languages and cultures (with special attention paid to gender, diversity, inclusion and empowerment); and across sectors (such as education, health and sanitation, agriculture, environment and climate, employment and industry, and urbanization and migration). In short, GAL will stimulate and promote collaborative programmes that connect literacy with the sustainable development agenda within a lifelong and life-wide approach.

GAL will be shaped by Member States and development partners as an effective platform for sustained action at all levels. Some promising pathways include:

  • fostering innovation and the creative use of technology;
  • supporting decentralized, community-managed learning centres;
  • promoting literacy assessment practices that enhance learner motivation and improve programmes;
  • placing an emphasis on using literacy and numeracy skills in daily life; and
  • offering a large menu of options in different languages to address diverse learning needs.

UNESCO International Conference on ‘Literacy in a digital world’

On September, 8 the UNESCO International Conference on ‘Literacy in a digital world’ takes place at the UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.
I’m honored to be invited to attent this conference, as  a representative of Elinet and as an expert on digital literacy.

Objectives of the International Conference

  • Definition: To deepen our understanding of what kinds of literacy skills people need to thrive in a digital world.
  • Practice: To share and analyze promising programmes that advance literacy in a digital world.
  • Risks and responses: To better understand the emergent risks – such as inequality, privacy concerns and threats to diversity – and develop associated responses in promoting literacyin a digital world.
  • Monitoring and assessment: To explore digital developments for monitoring and assessing literacy, both nationally and regionally, including new opportunities presented by big data.

On the same day there is the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes Awards Ceremony, which I will attent too.

One day earlier on 7 September the Core Group of the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL) will hold a one-day meeting. I’m invited to participate in this meeting as an observer.