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A Digital Competence Framework for Wales

At the National Digital Learning Event earlier this year, Education Minister Huw Lewis announced a Digital Competence Framework (DCF) for teachers in Wales.

“After considering Professor Donaldson’s report, alongside the findings of the independent review of ICT and early findings of our ‘Great Debate’, I have decided that an effective and consistent approach to teaching digital learning competence is too vital for both our young people and our economy to delay.”

– Education Minister Huw Lewis, June 2015

children learning about nature - digital competence

As a Welsh digital learning business, CDSM welcome the Digital Competence Framework, and agree that it should be implemented as soon as possible. We believe that Welsh Government’s approach to contemporary learning technology – in support of learning and development – is first class, and are excited by the appetite of both Donaldson and DfES for all things learning technology. When it comes to our own organisation, it is an absolute fact that our success in Wales is all down to our teachers, children and young people being digitally competent.

The Importance of Being Digitally Competent

At CDSM, we develop tools and technologies for teachers and students because we, like Welsh Government, believe contemporary learning technologies can only add to the learning and development process. After all, without the ability, skills, imagination and ambition to make full use of digital tools and technologies, how would our schools, students and education system keep up with the demands of this ever-changing digital world?

Row of schoolchildren studying in front of a computer - digital competence

But there’s more to this than just what happens in the classroom. Beyond the school setting, we also have a responsibility to ensure that our school and university leavers are equipped to perform in the workplace. According to the European Union, there will be an estimated 900,000 unfilled computing jobs across the EU in 2015, simply due to a lack of skills.

“According to The European Commission, more than 90% of professional occupations require some computing competence, but the number of graduates in computer science is not keeping pace with this demand for skills.”

– John Worden, Glyndwr University Lecturer

The Digital Competence Framework: An Opportunity for Wales

At CDSM, we work extensively with teachers in Wales, investing significant time and energy in developing meaningful and productive relationships. Because of this, we understand that our teachers are the on ‘front line’, developing and nurturing our children and young people. They are the ones who acknowledge and respond to the demands of a relentlessly changing world.

Friends in the Classroom - digital competence

We are committed to providing teachers with tools and technologies that support and enhance their practice every single day. Gone now are the days of sending the little ones to the ICT suite to ‘play’ on the computers, or scribble out wobbly drawings on the faithful old classroom Acorn. Computers (and, increasingly, handheld devices) now play a key role in learning and development, and digital technologies and their relevant skills are now core requirements.

After Donaldson, the transformed curriculum should inspire those who engage with it to make positive leaps in their learning, and fill the rest of us with a passionate sense of ambition for our education system. At CDSM, we believe that the Digital Competence Framework allows Wales to set out its intention and aspiration for the development of what is arguably our most important professional community.

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CDSM yn Dangos y Cerdyn Coch i Hiliaeth mewn Noson Gwis Elusennol

Roedd CDSM yn falch iawn o gymryd rhan mewn noson gwis ac ocsiwn elusennol yn ddiweddar. Julie James AC drefnodd y digwyddiad er budd Street Football Wales – elusen sy’n gwella bywydau pobl ddigartref ac sydd wedi’u hallgáu’n gymdeithasol – a Dangos y Cerdyn Coch i Hiliaeth.

Dangos y Cerdyn Coch i Hiliaeth yw elusen addysgol gwrth-hiliaeth y DU, sy’n cyflwyno hyfforddiant i dros 50,000 o unigolion bob blwyddyn. Roedd y ffordd yr oedd yr elusen yn cyflwyno’r negeseuon positif hyn mewn cyd-destun addysgol, yn ogystal ag ymdrechion Street Football Wales i fynd i’r afael â digartrefedd ac allgáu cymdeithasol yn rhywbeth yr oeddem ni yn CDSM yn dymuno ei gefnogi. Felly fe wnaethon ni anfon tîm o saith unigolyn gwybodus i’r digwyddiad i weld faint oedden nhw wir yn ei wybod o gymharu ag eraill o Dde Cymru.

Wrth i’r noson fynd yn ei blaen, roedd y tensiwn amlwg – ennill oedd nod pawb. Cawsom ddechrau da, gan nodi mai Rhyfel Cant Un deg Chwech o Flynyddoedd oedd y Rhyfel Can Mlynedd mewn gwirionedd, ac roedden ni 4 pwynt o’r brig hanner ffordd drwy’r noson.

Doedden ni ddim ar ein gorau yn yr ail hanner – boed hynny oherwydd y cyri blasus a gawsom ni yn ystod y toriad – neu efallai oherwydd y botel fawr o Cobra! Pumed oedden ni yn y diwedd, a doedd hynny ddim yn ddrwg o gwbl wrth gwrs, ac roedden ni wedi cael llawer iawn o hwyl hefyd.

Yna, daeth yn amser ar gyfer prif nod y noson: rhoi arian i ddau achos da iawn. Fe wnaethon ni lwyddo i ennill crys pêl-droed rhyngwladol Cymru wedi’i lofnodi, a oedd wedi cael ei wisgo gan y capten Ashley Williams, ac roedd hynny’n un o uchafbwyntiau’r noson i ni.

Charity Event - Wales Captain Shirt

Er y byddai’r crys – sydd bellach wedi cael ei fframio – yn edrych yn dda iawn ar wal yn swyddfa CDSM, mae gennym ni gynlluniau gwell ar gyfer y memorabilia chwaraeon yma, felly gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod chi’n ein dilyn ni a thanysgrifiwch i gael rhagor o fanylion fel y byddwn ni’n eu rhyddhau!

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CDSM Win Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award

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Last night the Brandon Hall Group announced their 2015 Excellence Award winners, and we were delighted to find out that CDSM won Bronze for Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy.

Best Advance in Creating a Learning Strategy
Common Core Curriculum Project

Brandon Hall Group Bronze Award

“The high quality of work and commitment to driving business results among our award winners never fails to amaze me,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program. “All of these winning programs deliver meaningful business results to their organizations. Winning an Excellence Award is a great honor, but the real winners are the organizations themselves and their customers and clients because of the innovation and customer focus they demonstrate.”

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is a HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results. (www.brandonhall.com)

Tonight, we are also excited about attending the South Wales Business Awards 2015, where CDSM are nominated for Technological & Innovative Business of the Year.

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