The Eminent 5 international conference (ExpertMeeting in Education Networking), the flagship event of EuropeanSchoolnet, the European network of 6 Ministries of Education, takes place in Rome today and tomorrow, 2023 and 33 December. This year's edition, entitled "Empowering schools with digital skills", is organized by European Schoolnet in collaboration with INDIRE, at the Trevi Fountain Congress Center, in the presence of representatives of European ministries of education, partners from the public and private sectors and stakeholders related to the world of education. 2023 is the European Year of Skills, and this event is an opportunity to reflect on how different European countries are preparing their education systems to reduce the digital divide. The event will highlight the importance of partnering and collaborating with educational institutions, the Ed-Tech industry and other key players at all levels to meet the needs of new and emerging skills.
The event aims to bring together ideas and best practices on digital transformation in education, both in individual countries and at the European level. The aim is to examine the skills that are indispensable today to bring digitalisation into the classroom in the name of the transition that makes it a concrete ally in the educational process of future European citizens.
This morning, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Merit kicked off the meeting together with Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, Georgi Dimitrov, Head of the Digital Education Unit, within the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, of the European Commission and Serena Lippi, Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Education and Merit. Indire's president, Cristina Grieco, gave an overview of the research activities carried out at European level, to close the conference.
Representing Indire, a member of the EUN Consortium since 1996, several research executives and researchers, including Elisabetta Mughini and Jessica Niewint Gori, contribute to the debate on the digitalization processes of Italian schools and teacher training in the era of Artificial Intelligence. During the discussion tables, the main results of the AI4T (Artificial Intelligence forand by Teachers) monitoring project on the use of artificial intelligence in education, conducted by the French Ministry, the CNR and INDIRE, together with many other European Ministries of Education, are reported. The results of the AI4T project reveal that, despite the presence of a small group expressing apprehension and fear of new technologies, most teachers have a favourable perception of artificial intelligence tools. They are considered easy to use and able to meet different needs in various aspects of their work such as administrative tasks, creating educational content and monitoring student activities. In general, in the face of these different attitudes, it is unanimously recognised that the changes imposed by digital innovation require awareness on the part of all actors in the system.
The event will also present the results of a survey conducted by European Schoolnet on the comparison of digital skills in different European countries.
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