Topic 1 Setting the Current Scene on ICT Skills

  • Digital technology/ digital media is penetrating into almost every field of public, private and working life.
  • The Digital Education Action Plan 2021-27 indicates that the development and the provision of ICT skills is one of the main priorities towards the acquisition of inclusivity in education and training.
  • Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic the digital transformation rate has been accelerated promoting the need for individual flexibility and the development of ICT/digital skills, in both education and workplace (e.g. distance learning, remote working, etc.)
  • Basic ICT/digital skills, such as working with a computer or using the internet, are a prerequisite nearly for all jobs.
  • Therefore, digital competence is of growing importance for every individual, including low socio-economic groups, former inmates, etc.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is a broader term for Information Technology (IT), which refers to all communication technologies, including the internet, wireless networks, cell phones, computers, software, middleware, video-conferencing, social networking, and other media applications and services enabling users to access, retrieve, store, transmit, and manipulate information in a digital form.

New media (or digital media) products and services that provide information or entertainment using computers or the internet, and not by traditional methods such as television and newspapers.