Connecting EU with erasmus+

how to thrive in the digital single Market

The ambitious Erasmus+ project is an interdisciplinary intercultural venture with a special focus on vocational education and training (VET). Six EU partners from three fields of vocational education – engineering, ICT and business administration – are going to create varied teaching and learning arrangements to impart ICT skills as well as to boost digital vocational competences. The main aim of the two-year project is to prepare students for the EU Single Market by improving digital literacy and thus to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion.

From 30 September to 4 October 2019, two of our teachers, Ms Silvia Forsthuber and Mr Graham Crewe, took part in a very successful kick-off meeting in Spain in order to establish powerful strategic partnerships with schools from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, and Spain. With the expertise of our partner schools we are aiming to enhance cooperation and mobility within the EU and, finally, to assist our students in acquiring essential skills that are demanded by the labour market.

 


SELFIE-survey at hak 1 salzburg

 

Handelsakademie (HAK) 1 Salzburg is a vocational education college which has always been at the forefront in combining theoretical knowledge with up-to-date digital technologies.

 

To enhance the digital skills of our students even further, we integrate state-of-the-art technology in everyday school life such as digital class registers or teaching and learning platforms. In addition to that, we provide each newly enrolled student with a customised tablet to make lessons more varied and exciting. It goes without saying that every classroom is equipped with computers and projectors. On top of that, we have two smart training centres and an ample supply of computer labs as well as a co-working space for the students.

 

HAK 1 Salzburg has recently conducted a survey of students and teachers who are involved in the Erasmus+ Project “Connecting EU” using the SELFIE questionnaire of the European Commission in order to find out more about the use of new technology in our school.

 

SELFIE is a free, customisable tool to help schools reflect on how they use digital technologies to support learning. SELFIE enables schools to get a picture of where they stand and to develop an action plan in order to enhance their digital capacity. 

 

 

To summarise, according to the survey’s results our students are satisfied with the fast and reliable access to the internet for learning purposes at school. What is more, they also feel that there are sufficient computers and tablets available which are used in many different subjects. The participants appreciate the opportunity to use technology for school-related work at school although they clearly prefer working at home. Overall, they welcome the idea of utilising digital devices for learning –  but most of the students use technology for fun!

 

... to be continued ... watch this space ...