Extracts from th joint press conference by Neelie Kroes, and Androulla Vassiliou, on the adoption of the Communication "Opening Up Education"

Type: Summary of press conference   Référence: I081805   Durée: 04:03  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 25 September 2013, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, presented during a press conference an initiative to promote innovative teaching and learning through new technologies and open educational resources.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Joint arrival of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the press conference 00:00:09
00:00:19 Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH) saying that they are focusing on 3 drivers of change: teaching methods, digital content, and infrastructures. Firstly, they propose to create –together with Member States- opportunities for organisations, teachers, students and pupils to be more innovative by making more use of digital technologies. They want to stimulate teachers and educational institutions to test innovative digital approaches. They also want to encourage the recognition and validation of skills acquired through digital learning. 00:00:44
00:01:03 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:07 Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH) saying that they also propose to increase the use of Open Educational Resources, to ensure that educational materials produced with public funding are available to all.And she is delighted to announce that, today, they are launching the first of those initiatives –the Open Education Europa web portal. 00:00:27
00:01:34 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:37 Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH) saying that their Communication announces that the Commission will support financially, through its new programmes Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020, the development of OER and other digital educational materials in different languages. Saying that they will work to promote OER. But they also want to properly manage the transition. 00:00:29
00:02:06 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:10 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH) saying that by 2020, 90% of jobs will need digital skills. That is just around the corner, and we aren’t ready yet. While, soon, Europe could face a shortage of skilled ICT workers. More than one million unfilled jobs ICT related in a time of high unemployment. 00:00:32
00:02:42 Journalist taking notes 00:00:04
00:02:46 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH) saying that if education is to become truly life-long they need to make sure it is easily available to everyone, wherever they live or work. It is essential therefore that they support the creation of flexible courses, with high quality distance learning options. Technology will play a crucial role in this. 00:00:26
00:03:12 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:03:16 Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a big challenge in a time of austerity. There are already big differences between Member States. Saying that they need and they can close the gap and modernise their educational institutions. They want every school, every classroom to be connected to high speed broadband. They want Member States to upgrade their ICT equipment, including through joint pan-European procurement and to spread digital teaching materials. 00:00:38
00:03:53 Departure of the Speakers 00:00:10
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