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News Detail - e-Skills. New research shows that technology companies must relate to girls better if they want to increase the number of women choosing a career in the sector. The girls who took part in the survey offered five ways companies can do that. Girlguiding, which boasts 554,053 members, spoke to 43 of its young members and found that more needed to be done to encourage young women into the sector. Data showed that seven to 14-year-old girls are very comfortable using technology such as mobile phones and tablets, but are put off when considering future employment in the field.

Why? The girls, who called technology “fun”, “cool” and “creative” in the survey – which was funded by Microsoft – offered five ways that companies could connect with them better: Europe looks for digital growth recipe to revive ailing economy – More investment in skills, and the completion of the digital single market, are among the top priorities in order to relaunch economic growth in Europe, analysts and policymakers agreed during a European Commission conference on Wednesday (6 April.) European decision-makers are in search of the next growth recipe. The three-pillar strategy championed by the EU authorities, based on fiscal responsibility, structural reforms and more investment is not bearing fruit.

Despite the tailwinds of cheap oil, and the European Central Bank’s extraordinary monetary stimulus, the EU economy is expected to grow only by 1.9% this year, while inflation remains at record low levels and unemployment refuses to dip below the 10% threshold. The consensus on the need to review Europe’s growth strategy is not matched with a common view on how to fix the economy. Fifteen years ago, European investment in the digital sector represented 80% of the level reached in the US, while today is only 60%. Virtual Reality, Blockchain, And Other Trends That Will Drive Competitive Advantage. Farms today are raising more than crops. They’re also raising data. Companies such as Tom Farms of Leesburg, IN, are using sensors, apps, and drones to track and analyze soil, weather, and other conditions to help them optimize yield and use resources more efficiently.

These new data sets let a farm produce more high-quality crops with fewer resources – a blending of economic and environmental advantages. This supercharged form of business-process optimization, otherwise known as the Internet of Things (IoT), can save a large organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year. In manufacturing, smart sensors within equipment that stream data to mobile apps can alert managers to errors and issues that could lead to a major production breakdown. Having access to timely, granular data can save a company precious time fixing problems, improve results, and increase the life of machines. The question becomes who should lead the development of IoT within the organization. Be focused.

Find a job - e-Skills. Women in ICT. Coding - the 21st century skill. Welcome to the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Future of Learning — Bright. Welcome to the “Choose Your Own Adventure” Future of Learning What will school look like in 2050? Teachers from six countries respond. What will school look like in 2050? I asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators from six countries to share their ideas about the future of learning. Their answers were contradictory, fascinating, and thought provoking. Schools won’t change much. “The classroom hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years. Schools will look completely different. “There will be no physical campus. Schools will be very security oriented. “Because of school shootings, there will be safe rooms. Will schools even exist in 2050? “Is teaching a dying profession? Education will look nothing like it does now. “Schools will be multidisciplinary, with a focus on social justice. The classroom will be one big makerspace.

“Technology like Evernote, Google, and Siri will be standard and will change what teachers value and test for. There will be more creativity in the classroom. News Detail - e-Skills. With digital technologies being the main engine for growth, demand for ICT skilled workers is growing every year. The rapidly developing digital economy means that more and more highly skilled ICT employees will be needed in near future to fill in job vacancies. In a recent article in The Parliament Magazine (issue 425, 21 December 2015, pages 14 -15) Colin Mackay focuses on the importance of digital skills and the role that stakeholders can play in the promotion of ICT literacy. As demand for digitally skilled workers is growing every year, the relevance of initiatives like eSkills for Jobs 2015 – 2016 is very timely.

As Natasja Bohez-Rubiano, a member of European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen’s employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility team explains “The symbiosis between innovative business and a highly-skilled and productive workforce is a huge factor for European competitiveness.”