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Event on the Development of Digital Skills through game based learning

Event on the Development of Digital Skills through game based learning

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Thessaly and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas are organizing an event with the title “Applications of Information Technology towards the Development of Digital Skills among High School Students”. The event will take place at Hotel Xenia Volos on Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 12.00 to 14.00. Registration will start at 11.30.
The event targets secondary education teachers as well as individuals with an interest in the application of technology in learning contexts, both formal and informal.
The event is organized in the context of the project EMPLOY: Digital Skills for Employability and Social Inclusion, which is funded by the ERASMUS+ program of the European Commission and is being implemented from September 2015 until February 2018. The consortium consists of various partners from Greece, Turkey, France, Estonia, and Italy.
The importance of digital skills is underscored by European initiatives such as ET2020, New Skills for New Jobs, and the Digital Agenda for Europe. These initiatives stress the fact that digital skills are in high demand in all professional sectors. As a result, individuals with insufficient digital skills are in danger of becoming professionally marginalized and, as a result, are at risk of social exclusion.
EMPLOY aims to alleviate this risk through the design and development of digital games intended to be used in reverse classroom contexts for raising awareness on the need to develop digital skills and for promoting further learner engagement in related initiatives. The games expose learners to educational scenarios inspired by the world of work that simulate the use of digital competences in work contexts.
The audience will be exposed to emerging game-based, active, and experiential learning methodologies, a demonstration of the EMPLOY game, as well as presentations of the results of using the EMPLOY game in classrooms. More information is available at http://employproject.eu.