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The best AI tools for education

By Basic digital skills, For all, In education, For ICT professionals, Inspiration, Technology, AI & ML, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Bulgarian, Type of the educational resource, Bulgaria, Language оf the educational resource, Country providing the educational resource, Other educational resources, INSPIRATION
The best AI tools for education

05.02.2024 |

Most of the discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) tools are often focused on business, but there is immense potential for AI to dramatically improve our educational systems. This is one of the most effective tools that teachers can have at their disposal, often relieving them of administrative burdens. These technologies will not replace teachers but rather allow them to allocate more time to student learning.

AI is rapidly growing in the education sector and is becoming a global billion-dollar market. This rapid growth is due to its ability to transform many aspects of teaching and learning processes. AI can create engaging virtual learning environments, generate “intelligent content,” alleviate language barriers, bridge gaps between learning and teaching, create specialized plans for each student, and much more.

Many innovative companies are creating AI tools to achieve these results. Let’s look at some of the best AI tools for education:

  1. Gradescope

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope’s AI tool allows students to evaluate each other while providing feedback simultaneously, which often consumes a lot of time without AI technology. Gradescope relies on a combination of machine learning (ML) and AI for easier grading, saving time and energy.

By outsourcing these tasks to external evaluators, teachers can focus on more important tasks. Gradescope can be used by teachers to grade paper exams and online assignments, as well as to prepare projects in one place.

Here are some key features of Gradescope:

  • AI-assisted and manually grouped questions
  • Time extensions specific to students
  • Grading with AI assistance
  • Improved efficiency and fairness
2.Fetchy

Fetchy is a generative AI-based platform created specifically for teachers. It empowers teachers to unleash their full teaching potential by simplifying and streamlining the myriad tasks they face, including creating engaging lessons, generating newsletters, crafting professional emails, and more. By harnessing the power of AI, Fetchy enables teachers to enhance their teaching methods, optimize time management, and make confident and informed decisions.

Fetchy specializes in personalizing generated language to meet teachers’ requirements without requiring them to formulate complex prompts. When using Fetchy’s personalized solutions, teachers can expect tailored results that align with their specific educational needs.

  • Generate lesson plans
  • Review history from multiple perspectives
  • Find mathematical or scientific experiments
  1. Nuance

Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, Nuance provides speech recognition software that can be used by both students and teachers. The company’s Dragon Speech Recognition product can transcribe up to 160 words per minute, aiding students who have difficulty writing or typing. The tool also supports verbal commands for document navigation, which is essential for students with accessibility needs.

Dragon offers many more features, including the ability to dictate lesson plans, curriculum, worksheets, reading lists, and more at speeds three times faster than typing, all while achieving 99% accuracy.

Here are some key features of Nuance’s Dragon:

  • Accessibility features supporting verbal commands
  • Voice assessment of students’ work
  • Dictate work in class with 99% accuracy

You can find the top 10 AI tools for education here.

Details

Website

www.unite.ai/bg

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial intelligence

Digital Skills

Level

Middle

Type of the educational resource

Other educational materials

Language of the educational resource

Bulgarian

Country providing the educational resource

Bulgaria

COMPUTER SCIENCE – THE PATH TO NEW AND PROMISING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

By Inspiration, Bulgarian, Type of the educational resource, Self-assesment tool, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Language оf the educational resource, Country providing the educational resource, Other educational resources, INSPIRATION
COMPUTER SCIENCE - THE PATH TO NEW AND PROMISING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

12.08.2023 |

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in recent decades. They include the understanding of hardware and software and their use for information processing, as well as the study of algorithms, the use and processing of databases, the design and modelling of computer and network systems, and the creation of artificial intelligence. The scope of the computing field extends from small processor components, to programming languages, computer simulations, visuals and graphics, the connectivity of devices and objects on a global internet network, to cloud computing and virtual reality.

What is taught?

Computer science is a discipline with many overlapping subjects such as programming, mathematics, information technology (IT), logic, engineering. At its core, software development serves to solve complex problems in heterogeneous fields such as electronics, physics, biology, chemistry, finance, psychology, etc. In information technology, the emphasis falls on information transfer and storage, while software engineering combines programming with the use of engineering techniques and skills. Along with some of the most used programming languages – C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, HTML, CSS, Oracle, students also have the option to study subjects such as Cyber Security, Open Source Software Development, Programming for Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, Web Programming. Typically in the first year of study, the programme includes compulsory modules, while as students progress into the upper years, they are offered more flexibility to choose their major or specialisation in the field, with internships often compulsory.

Job opportunities

As one of the most dynamically developing industries, IT is constantly providing new and promising career opportunities. Graduates find careers as software and hardware engineers, software and application developers, software architects, IT project managers, data analysts, computer game developers, and IT entrepreneurs.

Programmes and specialisations in computer science:

  • Information Systems
  • Business Informatics
  • Computer Security
  • Computer and business systems modelling
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Game Design and Development
  • Cybersecurity and ethical hacking
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Information Technology and Software Engineering
  • Embedded Systems Design and Programming (MA)

Integral also offers a Career Navigator course, MyUniChoices test and IELTS preparation.

Details

Website

www.digitalalliance.bg 

Document

link to uploaded PDF or website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology

Artificial intelligence

Level

Basic

Middle

Advanced

Expert

Type of the educational resource

Self-assessment tool

Methodology

Curriculum

Massive open online course

Case study

Other educational materials

Language of the educational resource

Bulgarian

English

Methodology

Example: Linked to European Digital Security Policies and strategies

Country providing the educational resource

Bulgaria

Other

Organisation providing the educational resource

Integral

DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELIPMENT DISAVILITY – PORTUGAL

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, In education, Inspiration, Funding of the good practice, Other, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Type of initiative of the good practice, Private, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELIPMENT DISAVILITY - PORTUGAL

28.04.2023

The Politécnico de Santarem organised a course, not conferring a degree, in Digital Literacy for the Labour Market for people with a disability level equal or above 60% in Portugal.

This course is based on the first inclusive education model in higher education for intellectual limitations and promotes the development of digital skills in vulnerable groups. In particular, the course gains in importance in the light of the new Portuguese legislation that obliges companies with more than 75 employees to employ people with disabilities.

The goals of the Digital literacy course are:

  • Increase the digital competence (ICT) for the population with a level of disability of 60% or more in Portugal;
  • Improve the use of digital services and tools;
  • Promote digital skills (ICT) that increase employability and partial independence.
  • Educate potential employers and mentors in networking, so they can establish links and lasting support for young people in the workplace;
  • Establish partnerships with entrepreneurial companies that focus on creating inclusive jobs;
  • Promote interaction between the business community and educational and research institutions.

Outcomes of the first edition of the course

The edition of the course already completed had 11 students, who all completed the course successfully.  Six of them already joined the labor market in companies such as Deloitte, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, El Corte Inglês, Vida com Vida Association and CTT Bank.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Basic digital skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Portugal

Organisation providing the good practice

Start date

01.01.2020

End date

31.12.2022

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

By Telecommunications, For the workforce, Media literacy, For ICT professionals, 5G & WiFi, For public administration, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Audience, Big data, Technology, For all, Computing, In education, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

30.03.2023 |

 The national strategic document, “Digital Transformation of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030” was adopted by Decision of the Council of Ministers № 493 of 21 July 2020. It defines the vision and policy objectives for the digital transformation of our country for the next decade as a generalized policy framework, which includes the National Program “Digital Bulgaria 2025”, the priorities of the “National Development Program BULGARIA 2030”, as well as a number of other national strategic documents with a technological component, covering the period up to 2030.

The document describes 6 objectives to be achieved over this 10-year period:

  • Deploy a secure digital infrastructure
  • Ensure access to adequate technical knowledge and digital skills
  • Strengthening research and innovation capacity
  • Unlock the potential of data
  • Digitalisation for a circular low carbon economy

Enhancing the efficiency of government and the quality of public services

A total of 17 impact areas for the period up to 2030 are described in the strategy document: digital infrastructure; cyber security; research and innovation; education and training; labor market adaptation; digital economy; agriculture; transport; energy; environment and climate; health; finance; culture; disinformation and media literacy; territorial development; digital governance; and security and citizen participation in the democratic process.

The development of digital technologies and their integration into all spheres of economic and social life necessitates a rethinking of the approach to harnessing their exceptional potential for enhancing the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy, increasing demand and supply and the efficiency of public services and successfully tackling the main social challenges in the period until 2030.

The full text of the National Strategic Document “Digital Transformation of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030” can be found at the following link:

National strategic document DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

Details

Website

www.digitalalliance.bg 

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Digital infrastructure

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2020-2030

Latest update of the strategy

01.02.2023

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

NATIONAL PROGRAMME DIGITAL BULGARIA 2025

By Cybersecurity, IoT, Inspiration, AI & ML, Audience, For ICT professionals, For all, In education, For the workforce, For public administration, Technology, Basic digital skills, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
NATIONAL PROGRAMME DIGITAL BULGARIA 2025

30.03.2023 |

 The Digital Bulgaria 2025 Programme aims at modernising and increasing the widespread implementation of intelligent information technology (IT) solutions in all areas of the economy and social life. Another objective of the programme focuses on the strategic enhancement of digital competence and skills at all levels.

The Digital Bulgaria 2025 programme is coordinated by the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communication of Bulgaria. Digital Bulgaria 2025 sets out 3 main objectives when it comes to digital skills development on a national level: 

  • Modernisation of school and higher education in the field of ICT

The implementation of this objective includes key activities such as: promoting the development of a modern and reliable information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure at schools, improving assessment of students’ digital competences upon graduation from high school, modernising the educational curriculum and teaching methods, and upskilling teachers, educators and training providers. Activities also aim to further strengthen cooperation between education, industry and the non-governmental sector.

  • Increasing the number of highly qualified specialists in the field of ICT

To implement this objective two key activities are considered: increasing the number of young people trained for ICT professions, and promoting the development of qualified ICT specialists through a focus on lifelong learning and upskilling approaches. 

  • Improving  the digital and ICT skills of the workforce

Under this objective, upskilling and reskilling programmes financed by the Bulgarian Government are considered. 

More detailed information about the digital skills priorities of the Programme can be found in the full Programme document (pages 33-34) and Roadmap (both available in Bulgarian).

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

The Digital Bulgaria 2025 programme is coordinated by the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.

Roadmap

2020-2025

Latest update of the strategy

10.02.2023

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

CONCEPT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AI IN BULGARIA BY 2030

By In education, For the workforce, For ICT professionals, For public administration, Technology, Basic digital skills, AI & ML, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For all, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
CONCEPT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AI IN BULGARIA BY 2030

30.03.2023 |

 Protocol 72 of the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of 16 December 2020 adopted the Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria until 2030.

The document proposes a comprehensive vision for the development and use of artificial intelligence in Bulgaria. It is based on the strategic and programme documents of the European Commission, which consider artificial intelligence as one of the main drivers of digital transformation in Europe.

The main goal of the concept is to unite the efforts on the development and implementation of artificial intelligence systems by creating scientific, expert, business and managerial capacity. It is envisaged to provide a modern communication and scientific infrastructure for the development of new generation digital technologies. The education and lifelong learning system will be improved. The development of research and innovation in key sectors will be supported, and work will be done to put in place an ethical legal and regulatory framework that enjoys public trust.

Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria by 2030 (official)

“Artificial intelligence has long been a concept that is not abstract. It is becoming ubiquitous , many businesses are focused in creating innovations based on it. Some of the sectors will be subject to a complete transformation as a result of the development of artificial intelligence, some will be changed forever,” Rosen Zhelyazkov, minister of transport, information technology and communications, said at a government meeting.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Artificial intelligence

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2020-2030

Latest update of the strategy

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS ASSESSMENT

By Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, Audience, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Type of the educational resource, Self-assesment tool, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS ASSESSMENT

27.03.2023 |

 Digital literacy and skills are critical for most employees and employers in the 21st century. The gradual introduction of digital technologies into every sector of the economy places new demands on employees who want to succeed in the labour market.

In this article you can find a Digital Literacy and Skills Test that will help you assess your competitiveness in terms of the work skills that employers are looking for in their current, but also future employees.

The test consists of 26 questions of varying difficulty and is designed to assess your digital skills and should serve as a starting point for your subsequent development. The results, which will be given to you immediately, will show whether you have the minimum knowledge required to use computer systems, e-mail and other tools indispensable in carrying out everyday work tasks, regardless of the sector to which they relate.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Details

Document

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital technology

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Type of the educational resource

Self-assessment tool

Language of the educational resource

English

Methodology

Country targeted for the educational resource

All

Organisation providing the educational resource

Accelier

BULGARIA: PLOVDIV SCHOOL PREPARES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMMERS

By Basic digital skills, For children, In education, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, AR & VR, Public, Bulgaria, Funding of the good practice, Type of initiative of the good practice, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
Plovdiv school prepares artificial intelligence programmers

27.03.2023 |

 In 2022, the Plovdiv high school “St. Paisii Hilendarski” opened a program for students in grades 9-12, preparing them for the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”. The program is aimed at developing methods for implementing aspects of human intelligent behavior. The main goals of the training are:

  • Introducing students to artificial intelligence;
  • Learning various programming languages;
  • Data analysis and processing;
  • Understanding the basic concepts of neural networks.

Students who graduate from the “Artificial Intelligence Programming” specialty acquire a third degree of professional qualification and the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”.

The “St. Paisius of Hilendar” high school can also boast the opening of a parallel class for fifth graders in “Robotics and Virtual Design”. The skills that students will acquire during their training include:

  • Application of robotics to solve practical tasks;
  • Construction and programming of robotic devices’ behavior;
  • Web design – creating and publishing information on the internet;
  • Designing, creating structure, visual and graphic design of websites;
  • Building, testing, and publishing websites;
  • Styling and adding functionality to web pages;
  • Virtual and augmented reality – creating and animating 3D objects; transforming 2D into 3D objects.

The goal of the school is to create specialists prepared for the professions of the future by acquainting them with the possibilities for development and career in the field of high technologies.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Reality

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

SU “Paisii Hilendarski”

Start date

(15.09.2022)

End date

(dd.mm.yy)

ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL EDUCATION (2021-2027)

By Technology, Basic digital skills, In education, Audience, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL EDUCATION (2021-2027)

30.03.2023 |

 Digital transformation is reshaping society and the economy with an ever-deepening impact on everyday life. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it demonstrated the need for higher levels of digital capabilities in education and training, but also led to an increase in a number of existing challenges and inequalities between those who have access to digital technologies and those who do not, including the disadvantaged.

The Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) is a renewed policy initiative of the European Union (EU) to support the sustainable and effective adaptation of the education and training systems of the countries of the Union to the digital age.

The Digital Education Action Plan:

  • Proposes a long-term strategic vision for high quality, inclusive and accessible European digital education
  • Addresses the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an unprecedented use of technology for education and learning purposes
  • Seeks stronger cooperation at EU level on digital education and stresses the importance of working together across sectors to bring education into the digital age
  • Presents opportunities, including improving the quality and quantity of digital learning, supporting the digitisation of teaching methods and pedagogy, and providing the infrastructure needed for inclusive and sustainable distance learning

To achieve these objectives, the Action Plan identifies two priority areas:

  1. Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem

This includes:

  • infrastructure, connectivity and digital equipment
  • effective digital capacity planning and development, including advanced organisational capabilities
  • digitally competent and confident teachers and education and training staff
  • high-quality learning content, user-friendly tools and secure platforms that respect e-privacy and ethical standards

2. Improving digital skills and competences for digital transformation

For this it is necessary:

  • basic digital skills and competences from an early age
  • digital literacy, including dealing with misinformation
  • computer education
  • good knowledge and understanding of data-intensive technologies such as artificial intelligence
  • in-depth digital skills that equip more digital professionals
  • ensuring that girls and young women are equally represented in digital training and work

To support the two priority areas, the Commission will set up a Digital Education Hub strengthening cooperation and exchange on digital education at EU level. The Digital Education Action Plan is coordinated by the Digital Education Unit of DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

For more information, you can follow this link: https://education.ec.europa.eu/

 

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2021-2027

Latest update of the strategy

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND LEARNING IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA (2021-2030)

By Technology, Mobile apps, Computing, Blockchain, Telecommunications, Big data, Media literacy, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Scope of the strategy, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND LEARNING IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA (2021-2030)

28.03.2023 |

The present strategic document and the Strategy for the Development of Higher Education in the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030 outline the general framework for the development of education, training, and learning in the Republic of Bulgaria. The Strategic Framework for the Development of Education, Training, and Learning in the Republic of Bulgaria (2021-2030) was developed by the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with stakeholders.
The strategic framework takes into account that the main challenges in public affairs in the 21st century are driven by the intensive pace of development in all areas of public life, generated by mass digitization and technological advancement. According to this document, functional literacy in mathematics, technology, and digital skills needs to be further developed in current and future students if we aim for them to confidently tackle the major challenges on a global scale. For this reason, the introduction of a model of education based on interactive methods, active interaction between participants in the educational process and educational content is necessary.
Digitization and new technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, are changing the world and the structure of professions. This change requires an increase in the level of digital competencies and a focus on education on mathematics, technology, and engineering skills; on working with algorithms, developing flexibility and adaptability skills. Young people must have access to quality education. Visible from the analysis presented in the Strategic Framework for the Development of Education, a large part of the children entering school will have a profession that does not yet exist, while many other professions disappear and are replaced by automated processes. Over the next 10 years, there is expected to be a significant shortage of technical personnel with vocational and higher education.
The strategy takes into account the unsatisfactory level of digital skills among participants in the educational process, but highlights the introduced training for acquiring digital skills and the provided access to free internet and digital resources in schools as a strong point, as well as the priority policies for digitalization in education, including in relation to the transition to a digital and green economy. The conservative social attitudes and limited support for proactive changes in education in line with technological and societal developments are identified as a threat to achieving the set goals in the development of digital skills in students.
Among the 9 priority areas for the development of education and training until 2030, Educational Innovations, Digital Transformation, and Sustainable Development in Education are identified. Digital skills and competencies are a priority for the entire educational spectrum, and access to ICT for children of the 21st century is declared an integral part of education. Efforts will be focused on developing skills in students to become digital creators, to model, program, and develop digital creativity. Efforts will be directed towards introducing specialized software solutions for analyzing and assessing educational results. Education for sustainable development is closely related to international discussions on sustainable development, the UN program, and the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Ministry of Education and Science

Roadmap

2021-2030

Latest update of the strategy

24.02.2021 г.

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

PROJECT ‘’PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR DIGITAL SKILLS AND CREATION OF A PLATFORM FOR ADULT EDUCATION IN REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA’’

By Basic digital skills, For the workforce, Audience, Technology, Scope of the strategy, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION, Без категория
PROJECT ‘’PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR DIGITAL SKILLS AND CREATION OF A PLATFORM FOR ADULT EDUCATION IN REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA’’

06.04.2023 |

The development of digital skills is a priority in several programs and strategies for the next few years. The same is true for the project “Provision of Training for Digital Skills and Creation of a Platform for Adult Education.”

The main goal is to expand access and provide more opportunities for quality education using digital technologies. The development and implementation of a virtual platform for online learning will provide flexible and accessible forms of learning, such as online distance learning courses and electronic resources for self-study.

After the creation and implementation of the virtual e-learning platform, all courses in the electronic learning environment for unemployed and employed persons, organized within the framework of the active labor market policy and funded by the state budget and the ESF+ under the Human Resources Development Program, will be conducted through it.

The virtual e-learning platform will be linked to the “My Competence” Competence Assessment Information System, which presents models with descriptions of the skills necessary for the successful performance of key positions, work with tools, as well as databases and electronic registers related to adult education – the National Labor Market Database of the Employment Agency (EA), the Electronic Register of Vocational Training Centers of the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training (NAVET), etc.

Training providers and supervisory bodies (e.g. MLSP, EA, NAVET, employers, etc.) will have access to the platform. They will be able to monitor and control the execution of the training in real time. At any given moment during the training period, the presence of trainees, performance of the curriculum by day, performance through access to examination materials and tests, access to materials and survey cards for evaluating the training, etc. can be checked. This way, compliance with the regulatory requirements for organizing training and for the quality of the training conducted will be monitored.

The total planned financial resource is BGN 379,470,088.

Project implementation period – 54 months (2022-2026)

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for public administration

Digital skills for the labor force

Digital technology 

Digital skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labor and Social Policy

Roadmap

54 moths (2022-2026)

Latest update of the strategy

Budget

BGN 379 470 088

Stakeholders involvement 

BULGARIA: DOJOGIRLS 2022

By For children, In education, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives, Без категория
BULGARIA: DOJOGIRLS 2022

03.04.2023 |

 In a series of virtual workshops, the little ladies learn about technology and programming, and turn their ideas into exciting projects. We introduce them to grown-up girls who are already successful professionals in the so-called “male territory” of technology. 

A Dojo is a free, volunteer-led, community-based computer club for young people. Anyone aged 7 to 17 can visit a Dojo and learn to code, build a website, or create an app or game. Dojos are a space for kids and teens to explore technology in an informal, creative, safe and social environment. The CoderDojo movement is formed of a global network of Dojos and the community of volunteers and children that make them happen.

CoderDojo Bulgaria started in 2015 and it’s the regional body of the CoderDojo movement in the country. It’s a privately sponsored initiative providing free tech education for kids aged 7-17.

DojoGirls is an initiative that is held annually. The event’s main objectives are to excite girls’ curiosity about technology, provoke girls’ interest in STEM, change gender stereotypes and present female role models.

The mentors are IT specialists and tech amateurs who generously volunteer their time and knowledge.

 

Details

Уебсайт

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Digital skills

Programming

Organisation

CoderDojo Bulgaria in partnership with SAP, Telerik Academy and Digital National Aliance.

Country 

Bulgaria

 

Type of the initiative

National initiative

BULGARIA: KIDS INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING PROJECTS

By For children, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives
BULGARIA: KIDS INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING PROJECTS

03.04.2023 |

Kids Incredible Technology and Engineering Projects is 72-hour free tech event for kids aged 7 to 17. The event includes a project exhibition, competition and tech workshops.

KITE Projects – is the most exciting adventure of the year! The technology event for the youngest innovators, creators and entrepreneurs!

Kids from Dojo clubs all over Bulgaria have 3 months prior the initiative to develop their projects.

During the event hundreds of inspirational projects are being presented in front of judges and kids have opportunity to enter the world of innovations and ultimately entrepreneurship. Each of the projects is rewarded for the effort and enthusiasm spent on it.

The main objectives of the KITE Projects are to deliver the necessary skills to create a generation of digital creators, innovators and entrepreneurs; empower the youth to launch their projects; provide additional workshops and incubators and introduce the kids to entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders.

The event is held annually in a hybrid format.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Digital skills

Organisation

CodorDojo Bulgaria and Digital National Alliance

Country 

Bulgaria

Type of the initiative

National initiative

 

BULGARIA: AI&I FACTORY

By Audience, AI & ML, In education, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives, Без категория
BULGARIA: AI&I FACTORY

31.03.2023 |

 The pilot edition of the AI & I Factory educational program is a series of activities culminating in a hybrid hackathon for young entrepreneurs focused on the practical application of AI for good and ethical causes. Students from various universities collaborated in the process of creating and presenting startup ideas supporting the healthcare system, urban environment, and education.

AI&I FACTORY brings together experts and students in activities aimed at co-developing knowledge and culture oriented towards changing the future through the power of technology and cross-sector collaboration.

The pilot project of the AI & I FACTORY initiative was successfully launched in November 2022. CHALLENGE 1.0 is a series of activities culminating in a hybrid hackathon for young entrepreneurs focused on the practical application of AI for good and ethical causes. Students from different majors are visiting Sofia Tech Park’s lab complex, consisting of 11 innovative labs offering the opportunity to generate and test ideas for scientific and business projects in different research fields. Participants are going through a series of lectures and mentoring sessions that introduced them to the basics of artificial intelligence, its application in various fields, and what are the key steps to form the foundations of a successful startup. Finally, participants are working in mixed teams on creating and presenting their own AI-based startup projects. The best team is presenting their project idea on stage at the event called “The Bulgarian Davos” – Powers Summit 2022. In addition to the knowledge they’re gaining, the participants are getting visibility of their projects and additional development opportunities.

AI & I FACTORY initiative’s mission was deepening the understanding of the role and potential application of AI in human everyday life, encouraging experiments in the tech field, and attracting more women and youths into the tech and especially the AI industry.

Details

Уебсайт

www.digitalalliance.bg 

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Organisation

Digital National Alliance

Country 

Bulgaria

Type of the initiative

National initiative

BULGARIA: AI N’ CYBER 2022

By AI & ML, For all, For the workforce, For ICT professionals, For public administration, Audience, Cybersecurity, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives
BULGARIA: AI N’ CYBER 2022

31.03.2023 |

 AI N’ CYBER Conference 2022 was a conference for the latest cutting-edge technologies, trends, and challenges in the fast-evolving world of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

A two-day conference, “AI N’ CYBER Conference 2022”, aimed at gathering experts in the fields of cyber security, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; IT consultants; business intelligence analysts, intelligent system engineers, developers, business leaders, business managers, CEO, CIO, Governmental officials, Internet Attorneys, Start-up representatives, entrepreneurs, students, graduates, IT enthusiasts to examine the topic of cybersecurity and use of AI – ethical norms, standardization norms by international organizations such as OECD, EU regulation and use of emerging and disruptive technology for security and defense in NATO countries.

The conference presented responsible solutions to public challenges through trustworthy lectures and discussions focused on AI and showcasing the cybersecurity risks brought by the accelerating digital transformation. It addressed the necessary steps towards national digital transition in Bulgaria – a country positioned as a digital innovations hub in the South-eastern Region with a recognized pool of experts. Furthermore, during the first day of the AI N’ CYBER CONFERENCE 2022, aside from the Main stage were organized cyber workshops, provided by world-known leaders from the cyber security industry. Each workshop provided paralleled networking opportunities and stimulated the debate and discuss challenges and opportunities, possible ways to address the issues of how best to prepare for the digital transition, and the most suitable framework in line with the best practices and international standards and guidelines.

Overall, the AI N’ CYBER Conference 2022 presented a platform where responsible solutions to societal challenges connected to the digital sector can be presented and to shape the necessary steps towards a national digital transition in Bulgaria. Public sector and government representatives from Bulgaria and abroad, as well as senior officials from the European Commission, European Investment Bank, and NATO, shared experiences and discussed best practices, strategies, and skills needed for the successful deployment of digital tools to build a sustainable and secure digital infrastructure in Bulgaria. The promotion of artificial intelligence was also addressed as one of the key factors to ensure the competitiveness of the European economy. Private businesses in Bulgaria presented success stories related to the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning, local innovative developments, and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. Cyber industry leaders introduced the audience to the new realities in digital security, the change in cyber-attacks after COVID-19 and during the Russia-Ukraine war, and strategies to build good cybersecurity habits.

Details

Уебсайт

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Organisation

Digital National Alliance

Country 

Bulgaria

Type of the initiative

National initiative

BULGARIA: RAILS GIRLS

By In education, Audience, In education, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Public, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, INSPIRATION
BULGARIA: RAILS GIRLS

31.03.2023 |

 Rails girls is a two-day free workshop that targets women with little to no experience in the field of programming and technology. The goals of the program are to expose as many women as possible to a largely male-dominated industry.

The project held its 14th edition (in Sofia) this year. For 14 consecutive years, this adaptation of this international initiative has contributed a lot to the digital space in Bulgaria.

Background and aims

The project presents a successful approach and training that has introduced many women, previously hesitant, to join the programming and technology sphere. The project mostly promotes 3 of the 4 pillars of the Digital Skills & Jobs Coalition. Mainly, Rails Girls stresses digital skills for all women, as there is an overbearing minority in this field. The main promoter of the event is the focus on education – the event strongly supports teaching and digital skills learning transformation by creating a good environment for an entryway into the digital sphere.

Less dominant is the emphasis on digital skills for the labor force and ICT professionals as the good practice mostly relies on people joining who have had no previous experience into the field. However, with the main goal being introducing more people to the field, in the long term, the project largely contributes to the development and expansion of the digital skills sphere in the country where it is practiced. 

In the region and to an extent part of the EU as well, despite some recent policy changes, there is still a large discrepancy between the number of men and women in certain sectors. With technology and programming being one of the fastest developing ones, the role of women should be promoted, not only because it brings forth equality but also because it promotes more people into joining the sector, thus further expanding it and presenting for new opportunities in the digital landscape.

Why is this a good practice? 

The initiative is so successful because of the approach: the friendly and inspiring environment, as well as the opportunities that occur in it, drive more and more women into joining the initiative. One of the most beneficial things is the duration: people don’t have to sign up for a course that lasts months but instead commit a small portion of their time and give a chance to a new activity that they have always wanted to try out. 

In addition, so far this project has carried out 14 editions of the event in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, 2 in Varna, 1 in Burgas, and 1 in Vratsa.  This project has been described well on social media and the website, giving more than sufficient information regarding its practice. The goal of the initiative is not to give a detailed programming course; rather, it aims to serve as an introductory stepping stone that women interested in the digital field could use to gain a better perspective and enter the programming sector.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital Skills

Programming

Level

Basic

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

International initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

Digital National Alliance

TEENS IN AI – BULGARIA: INSPIRING TEENS TO EXLORE CAREERS IN TECH AND AI

By In education, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For children, Public, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, International good practice initiative
TEENS IN AI - BULGARIA: INSPIRING TEENS TO EXLORE CAREERS IN TECH AND AI

31.03.2023 |

The Teens In AI initiative, launched at the AI for Good Global Summit at the UN in May 2018, exists to inspire the next generation of ethical AI researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who will shape the world of tomorrow.

Main activities, outreach, and mission

Through a combination of hackathons, accelerators, and bootcamps together with expert mentoring, talks, company tours, and networking opportunities, the programme creates a platform for young people aged 12-18 to explore AI, machine learning, and data science.

Since its start in 2015, Teens in AI has reached over 9.000 young people in over 140 cities worldwide.

Organized twice a year, global AI hackathons for teenagers are one of the main activities of the initiative. During those campaigns, locations from across the globe participate in local events where teams develop and pitch technological solutions tackling a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to determine the winner.

Being on the mission to attract more people to new technologies, achieve more efficient use of digital potential, and support the development of the ICT sector in Bulgaria by encouraging young people to pursue computing and technology, the Digital National Alliance in Bulgaria is the lead organizer of the event for Bulgaria two times in a row – in October 2021 and in March 2022.

Christina de Bruin, who is a UNICEF Representative to the Republic of Bulgaria, shared this in her speech for the opening of the first Teens In AI hackathon in Bulgaria:

The initiative aims to democratise AI and create opportunities for underrepresented talent and give young people and especially girls early exposure to AI which is being developed and deployed for social good.

“We cannot allow half of the world’s talent – girls to be excluded from the spheres of artificial intelligence and technological solutions which are extremely important nowadays. Greetings to the organisers of the initiative!”

Why is this a good practice?

During strict pandemic restrictions due to COVID-19, DNA managed to successfully conduct two consecutive Teens in AI hackathons in an online format. This allowed the engaging a wider range of children from all over Bulgaria, including representatives of minority groups.

As a result of the events, over 100 children from different backgrounds, with zero technical skills and with extensive experience in programming as well, developed nearly 20 innovative AI-based projects, the best of which were evaluated by the international jury of Tees in AI.

“I took part in the hackathon because I think it is important to keep abreast of global problems and look for solutions to them. Artificial intelligence has great potential and I believe that it can help us create a better world for everyone”.

– Elena,16 years old, who took part in both of the Bulgarian hackathons.

Another participant in the latest Bulgarian edition of Teens in AI echoed this positive feedback, stating that the initiative is:

“A hackathon, where you don’t need to miss school and yet you’re developing a project, where you not only code, but develop an entrepreneurial plan with target groups, income sources, partners and so on.”

The Teens in AI initiative spreads more and more all over the world, being launched in around 25 countries.

If you would like to connect with and inspire the next generation of tech and AI thinkers, co-host a hackathon, or support the initiative, read more here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Expert

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

International initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

Digital National Alliance

BULGARIAN NATIONAL PROGRAM “DIGITAL QUALIFICATION”

By In education, For the workforce, For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Scope of the strategy, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
BULGARIAN NATIONAL PROGRAM "DIGITAL QUALIFICATION"

10.03.2023 |

The National Program “Digital Qualification” aims to respond to the need for targeted efforts and investments to ensure high-quality training of students, teachers, and lecturers in the face of the digital transformation of education. The program is aimed at ensuring that the education system has personnel with a high level of digital competence and a mindset for continuous improvement throughout their professional lives, as well as teaching their own experiences and knowledge.

The program recognizes that the digitalization and implementation of artificial intelligence have placed new, qualitatively different requirements on the nature and characteristics of teaching in schools and universities. The specific public challenges that the program is aimed at addressing include stimulating higher education institutions to improve the quality of education and the teaching process, enhancing the prestige of the teaching profession among ICT specialists, and updating teaching methods to include innovative approaches and modern learning platforms.

The goal of the program is to retrain teachers from other disciplines and train representatives from practice to teach disciplines related to ICT and digitization at different levels of the education system. Within the program, teachers from various subjects in the secondary education system will also be trained to improve their digital skills and competencies and to provide them with opportunities to retrain as teachers of computer science and information technology.

The program is aimed at teachers from state universities accredited under the Higher Education Act, teachers from the secondary education system, and representatives of the business community who want to start teaching and lecturing. Qualification training is provided to teachers, lecturers, and representatives of the business community, distributed in groups. At the end of the training, a certificate is issued based on a conducted test. Teachers who have successfully completed the training and obtained the relevant certificate will organize a seminar at the relevant university with the presence of a representative from the Ministry of Education and/or a lecturer from the training team.

The program lasts 36 months, and the total budget is BGN 2,000,000. The program is financed through the European Social Fund and the national budget.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Ministry of Education

Roadmap

05.03.2021 – 05.03.2024

Latest update of the strategy

05.03.2021

Budget

Total budget: 2 000 000 BGN
– 1st year: 800 000 BGN individual value
– 2nd year: 800 000 BGN individual value
– 3rd year: 400 000 BGN individual value

Stakeholders involvement 

Ministry of Education and Science
Universities

BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

By Audience, Technology, AI & ML, Robotics, For children, In education, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Private, National good practice initiative, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION, Без категория
BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

29.03.2023 |

The Professional Association of Robotics and Automation (PARA) is recruiting participants for the second time for its educational program, PARA Robotics Incubator. Participants in the program will receive mentorship guidance, hardware, and access to specialized equipment in laboratories. The main goal of the program is for participants to create their own working prototype based on a pre-established project, thereby stimulating entrepreneurship.

To enroll in the program, participants must be at least 14 years old and have basic programming skills. Within the six-month program, each participant is expected to complete their prototype. Projects that are encouraged should focus on the areas of robotics, industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, and intelligent solutions for urban environments.

The program will culminate in 10 selected projects, which will be presented to a jury, with the winner of the student group receiving a prize of 2,000 lev and the winner of the student projects group receiving a prize of 4,000 lev.

Thanks to sponsors from “Sofia Tech Park” and “Rezonator,” access to equipment and resources in Sofia will be provided, while in Varna, Vidin, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, and Ruse, equipment will be provided by other partners of PARA.

The deadline for application is February 20, and the selected 10 projects will begin their participation in the program on March 6.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Robotics

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

National initiative

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

PARA- Professional Association of Robotics and Automation

Start date

20.02.2023

End date

06.09.2023

The best AI tools for education

By Basic digital skills, For all, In education, For ICT professionals, Inspiration, Technology, AI & ML, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Bulgarian, Type of the educational resource, Bulgaria, Language оf the educational resource, Country providing the educational resource, Other educational resources, INSPIRATION
The best AI tools for education

05.02.2024 |

Most of the discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) tools are often focused on business, but there is immense potential for AI to dramatically improve our educational systems. This is one of the most effective tools that teachers can have at their disposal, often relieving them of administrative burdens. These technologies will not replace teachers but rather allow them to allocate more time to student learning.

AI is rapidly growing in the education sector and is becoming a global billion-dollar market. This rapid growth is due to its ability to transform many aspects of teaching and learning processes. AI can create engaging virtual learning environments, generate “intelligent content,” alleviate language barriers, bridge gaps between learning and teaching, create specialized plans for each student, and much more.

Many innovative companies are creating AI tools to achieve these results. Let’s look at some of the best AI tools for education:

  1. Gradescope

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope’s AI tool allows students to evaluate each other while providing feedback simultaneously, which often consumes a lot of time without AI technology. Gradescope relies on a combination of machine learning (ML) and AI for easier grading, saving time and energy.

By outsourcing these tasks to external evaluators, teachers can focus on more important tasks. Gradescope can be used by teachers to grade paper exams and online assignments, as well as to prepare projects in one place.

Here are some key features of Gradescope:

  • AI-assisted and manually grouped questions
  • Time extensions specific to students
  • Grading with AI assistance
  • Improved efficiency and fairness
2.Fetchy

Fetchy is a generative AI-based platform created specifically for teachers. It empowers teachers to unleash their full teaching potential by simplifying and streamlining the myriad tasks they face, including creating engaging lessons, generating newsletters, crafting professional emails, and more. By harnessing the power of AI, Fetchy enables teachers to enhance their teaching methods, optimize time management, and make confident and informed decisions.

Fetchy specializes in personalizing generated language to meet teachers’ requirements without requiring them to formulate complex prompts. When using Fetchy’s personalized solutions, teachers can expect tailored results that align with their specific educational needs.

  • Generate lesson plans
  • Review history from multiple perspectives
  • Find mathematical or scientific experiments
  1. Nuance

Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, Nuance provides speech recognition software that can be used by both students and teachers. The company’s Dragon Speech Recognition product can transcribe up to 160 words per minute, aiding students who have difficulty writing or typing. The tool also supports verbal commands for document navigation, which is essential for students with accessibility needs.

Dragon offers many more features, including the ability to dictate lesson plans, curriculum, worksheets, reading lists, and more at speeds three times faster than typing, all while achieving 99% accuracy.

Here are some key features of Nuance’s Dragon:

  • Accessibility features supporting verbal commands
  • Voice assessment of students’ work
  • Dictate work in class with 99% accuracy

You can find the top 10 AI tools for education here.

Details

Website

www.unite.ai/bg

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial intelligence

Digital Skills

Level

Middle

Type of the educational resource

Other educational materials

Language of the educational resource

Bulgarian

Country providing the educational resource

Bulgaria

COMPUTER SCIENCE – THE PATH TO NEW AND PROMISING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

By Inspiration, Bulgarian, Type of the educational resource, Self-assesment tool, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Language оf the educational resource, Country providing the educational resource, Other educational resources, INSPIRATION
COMPUTER SCIENCE - THE PATH TO NEW AND PROMISING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

12.08.2023 |

Computer science is one of the fastest growing fields in recent decades. They include the understanding of hardware and software and their use for information processing, as well as the study of algorithms, the use and processing of databases, the design and modelling of computer and network systems, and the creation of artificial intelligence. The scope of the computing field extends from small processor components, to programming languages, computer simulations, visuals and graphics, the connectivity of devices and objects on a global internet network, to cloud computing and virtual reality.

What is taught?

Computer science is a discipline with many overlapping subjects such as programming, mathematics, information technology (IT), logic, engineering. At its core, software development serves to solve complex problems in heterogeneous fields such as electronics, physics, biology, chemistry, finance, psychology, etc. In information technology, the emphasis falls on information transfer and storage, while software engineering combines programming with the use of engineering techniques and skills. Along with some of the most used programming languages – C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, HTML, CSS, Oracle, students also have the option to study subjects such as Cyber Security, Open Source Software Development, Programming for Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, Web Programming. Typically in the first year of study, the programme includes compulsory modules, while as students progress into the upper years, they are offered more flexibility to choose their major or specialisation in the field, with internships often compulsory.

Job opportunities

As one of the most dynamically developing industries, IT is constantly providing new and promising career opportunities. Graduates find careers as software and hardware engineers, software and application developers, software architects, IT project managers, data analysts, computer game developers, and IT entrepreneurs.

Programmes and specialisations in computer science:

  • Information Systems
  • Business Informatics
  • Computer Security
  • Computer and business systems modelling
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Game Design and Development
  • Cybersecurity and ethical hacking
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Information Technology and Software Engineering
  • Embedded Systems Design and Programming (MA)

Integral also offers a Career Navigator course, MyUniChoices test and IELTS preparation.

Details

Website

www.digitalalliance.bg 

Document

link to uploaded PDF or website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology

Artificial intelligence

Level

Basic

Middle

Advanced

Expert

Type of the educational resource

Self-assessment tool

Methodology

Curriculum

Massive open online course

Case study

Other educational materials

Language of the educational resource

Bulgarian

English

Methodology

Example: Linked to European Digital Security Policies and strategies

Country providing the educational resource

Bulgaria

Other

Organisation providing the educational resource

Integral

DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS ASSESSMENT

By Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, Audience, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Type of the educational resource, Self-assesment tool, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS ASSESSMENT

27.03.2023 |

 Digital literacy and skills are critical for most employees and employers in the 21st century. The gradual introduction of digital technologies into every sector of the economy places new demands on employees who want to succeed in the labour market.

In this article you can find a Digital Literacy and Skills Test that will help you assess your competitiveness in terms of the work skills that employers are looking for in their current, but also future employees.

The test consists of 26 questions of varying difficulty and is designed to assess your digital skills and should serve as a starting point for your subsequent development. The results, which will be given to you immediately, will show whether you have the minimum knowledge required to use computer systems, e-mail and other tools indispensable in carrying out everyday work tasks, regardless of the sector to which they relate.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Details

Document

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital technology

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Type of the educational resource

Self-assessment tool

Language of the educational resource

English

Methodology

Country targeted for the educational resource

All

Organisation providing the educational resource

Accelier

DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELIPMENT DISAVILITY – PORTUGAL

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, In education, Inspiration, Funding of the good practice, Other, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Type of initiative of the good practice, Private, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELIPMENT DISAVILITY - PORTUGAL

28.04.2023

The Politécnico de Santarem organised a course, not conferring a degree, in Digital Literacy for the Labour Market for people with a disability level equal or above 60% in Portugal.

This course is based on the first inclusive education model in higher education for intellectual limitations and promotes the development of digital skills in vulnerable groups. In particular, the course gains in importance in the light of the new Portuguese legislation that obliges companies with more than 75 employees to employ people with disabilities.

The goals of the Digital literacy course are:

  • Increase the digital competence (ICT) for the population with a level of disability of 60% or more in Portugal;
  • Improve the use of digital services and tools;
  • Promote digital skills (ICT) that increase employability and partial independence.
  • Educate potential employers and mentors in networking, so they can establish links and lasting support for young people in the workplace;
  • Establish partnerships with entrepreneurial companies that focus on creating inclusive jobs;
  • Promote interaction between the business community and educational and research institutions.

Outcomes of the first edition of the course

The edition of the course already completed had 11 students, who all completed the course successfully.  Six of them already joined the labor market in companies such as Deloitte, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, El Corte Inglês, Vida com Vida Association and CTT Bank.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Basic digital skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Portugal

Organisation providing the good practice

Start date

01.01.2020

End date

31.12.2022

BULGARIA: PLOVDIV SCHOOL PREPARES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMMERS

By Basic digital skills, For children, In education, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, AR & VR, Public, Bulgaria, Funding of the good practice, Type of initiative of the good practice, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
Plovdiv school prepares artificial intelligence programmers

27.03.2023 |

 In 2022, the Plovdiv high school “St. Paisii Hilendarski” opened a program for students in grades 9-12, preparing them for the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”. The program is aimed at developing methods for implementing aspects of human intelligent behavior. The main goals of the training are:

  • Introducing students to artificial intelligence;
  • Learning various programming languages;
  • Data analysis and processing;
  • Understanding the basic concepts of neural networks.

Students who graduate from the “Artificial Intelligence Programming” specialty acquire a third degree of professional qualification and the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”.

The “St. Paisius of Hilendar” high school can also boast the opening of a parallel class for fifth graders in “Robotics and Virtual Design”. The skills that students will acquire during their training include:

  • Application of robotics to solve practical tasks;
  • Construction and programming of robotic devices’ behavior;
  • Web design – creating and publishing information on the internet;
  • Designing, creating structure, visual and graphic design of websites;
  • Building, testing, and publishing websites;
  • Styling and adding functionality to web pages;
  • Virtual and augmented reality – creating and animating 3D objects; transforming 2D into 3D objects.

The goal of the school is to create specialists prepared for the professions of the future by acquainting them with the possibilities for development and career in the field of high technologies.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Reality

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

SU “Paisii Hilendarski”

Start date

(15.09.2022)

End date

(dd.mm.yy)

BULGARIA: RAILS GIRLS

By In education, Audience, In education, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Public, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, INSPIRATION
BULGARIA: RAILS GIRLS

31.03.2023 |

 Rails girls is a two-day free workshop that targets women with little to no experience in the field of programming and technology. The goals of the program are to expose as many women as possible to a largely male-dominated industry.

The project held its 14th edition (in Sofia) this year. For 14 consecutive years, this adaptation of this international initiative has contributed a lot to the digital space in Bulgaria.

Background and aims

The project presents a successful approach and training that has introduced many women, previously hesitant, to join the programming and technology sphere. The project mostly promotes 3 of the 4 pillars of the Digital Skills & Jobs Coalition. Mainly, Rails Girls stresses digital skills for all women, as there is an overbearing minority in this field. The main promoter of the event is the focus on education – the event strongly supports teaching and digital skills learning transformation by creating a good environment for an entryway into the digital sphere.

Less dominant is the emphasis on digital skills for the labor force and ICT professionals as the good practice mostly relies on people joining who have had no previous experience into the field. However, with the main goal being introducing more people to the field, in the long term, the project largely contributes to the development and expansion of the digital skills sphere in the country where it is practiced. 

In the region and to an extent part of the EU as well, despite some recent policy changes, there is still a large discrepancy between the number of men and women in certain sectors. With technology and programming being one of the fastest developing ones, the role of women should be promoted, not only because it brings forth equality but also because it promotes more people into joining the sector, thus further expanding it and presenting for new opportunities in the digital landscape.

Why is this a good practice? 

The initiative is so successful because of the approach: the friendly and inspiring environment, as well as the opportunities that occur in it, drive more and more women into joining the initiative. One of the most beneficial things is the duration: people don’t have to sign up for a course that lasts months but instead commit a small portion of their time and give a chance to a new activity that they have always wanted to try out. 

In addition, so far this project has carried out 14 editions of the event in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, 2 in Varna, 1 in Burgas, and 1 in Vratsa.  This project has been described well on social media and the website, giving more than sufficient information regarding its practice. The goal of the initiative is not to give a detailed programming course; rather, it aims to serve as an introductory stepping stone that women interested in the digital field could use to gain a better perspective and enter the programming sector.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital Skills

Programming

Level

Basic

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

International initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

Digital National Alliance

TEENS IN AI – BULGARIA: INSPIRING TEENS TO EXLORE CAREERS IN TECH AND AI

By In education, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For children, Public, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, International good practice initiative
TEENS IN AI - BULGARIA: INSPIRING TEENS TO EXLORE CAREERS IN TECH AND AI

31.03.2023 |

The Teens In AI initiative, launched at the AI for Good Global Summit at the UN in May 2018, exists to inspire the next generation of ethical AI researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who will shape the world of tomorrow.

Main activities, outreach, and mission

Through a combination of hackathons, accelerators, and bootcamps together with expert mentoring, talks, company tours, and networking opportunities, the programme creates a platform for young people aged 12-18 to explore AI, machine learning, and data science.

Since its start in 2015, Teens in AI has reached over 9.000 young people in over 140 cities worldwide.

Organized twice a year, global AI hackathons for teenagers are one of the main activities of the initiative. During those campaigns, locations from across the globe participate in local events where teams develop and pitch technological solutions tackling a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to determine the winner.

Being on the mission to attract more people to new technologies, achieve more efficient use of digital potential, and support the development of the ICT sector in Bulgaria by encouraging young people to pursue computing and technology, the Digital National Alliance in Bulgaria is the lead organizer of the event for Bulgaria two times in a row – in October 2021 and in March 2022.

Christina de Bruin, who is a UNICEF Representative to the Republic of Bulgaria, shared this in her speech for the opening of the first Teens In AI hackathon in Bulgaria:

The initiative aims to democratise AI and create opportunities for underrepresented talent and give young people and especially girls early exposure to AI which is being developed and deployed for social good.

“We cannot allow half of the world’s talent – girls to be excluded from the spheres of artificial intelligence and technological solutions which are extremely important nowadays. Greetings to the organisers of the initiative!”

Why is this a good practice?

During strict pandemic restrictions due to COVID-19, DNA managed to successfully conduct two consecutive Teens in AI hackathons in an online format. This allowed the engaging a wider range of children from all over Bulgaria, including representatives of minority groups.

As a result of the events, over 100 children from different backgrounds, with zero technical skills and with extensive experience in programming as well, developed nearly 20 innovative AI-based projects, the best of which were evaluated by the international jury of Tees in AI.

“I took part in the hackathon because I think it is important to keep abreast of global problems and look for solutions to them. Artificial intelligence has great potential and I believe that it can help us create a better world for everyone”.

– Elena,16 years old, who took part in both of the Bulgarian hackathons.

Another participant in the latest Bulgarian edition of Teens in AI echoed this positive feedback, stating that the initiative is:

“A hackathon, where you don’t need to miss school and yet you’re developing a project, where you not only code, but develop an entrepreneurial plan with target groups, income sources, partners and so on.”

The Teens in AI initiative spreads more and more all over the world, being launched in around 25 countries.

If you would like to connect with and inspire the next generation of tech and AI thinkers, co-host a hackathon, or support the initiative, read more here.

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

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Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Expert

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

International initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

Digital National Alliance

BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

By Audience, Technology, AI & ML, Robotics, For children, In education, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Private, National good practice initiative, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION, Без категория
BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

29.03.2023 |

The Professional Association of Robotics and Automation (PARA) is recruiting participants for the second time for its educational program, PARA Robotics Incubator. Participants in the program will receive mentorship guidance, hardware, and access to specialized equipment in laboratories. The main goal of the program is for participants to create their own working prototype based on a pre-established project, thereby stimulating entrepreneurship.

To enroll in the program, participants must be at least 14 years old and have basic programming skills. Within the six-month program, each participant is expected to complete their prototype. Projects that are encouraged should focus on the areas of robotics, industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, and intelligent solutions for urban environments.

The program will culminate in 10 selected projects, which will be presented to a jury, with the winner of the student group receiving a prize of 2,000 lev and the winner of the student projects group receiving a prize of 4,000 lev.

Thanks to sponsors from “Sofia Tech Park” and “Rezonator,” access to equipment and resources in Sofia will be provided, while in Varna, Vidin, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, and Ruse, equipment will be provided by other partners of PARA.

The deadline for application is February 20, and the selected 10 projects will begin their participation in the program on March 6.

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Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Robotics

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

National initiative

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

PARA- Professional Association of Robotics and Automation

Start date

20.02.2023

End date

06.09.2023

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

By Telecommunications, For the workforce, Media literacy, For ICT professionals, 5G & WiFi, For public administration, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Audience, Big data, Technology, For all, Computing, In education, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

30.03.2023 |

 The national strategic document, “Digital Transformation of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030” was adopted by Decision of the Council of Ministers № 493 of 21 July 2020. It defines the vision and policy objectives for the digital transformation of our country for the next decade as a generalized policy framework, which includes the National Program “Digital Bulgaria 2025”, the priorities of the “National Development Program BULGARIA 2030”, as well as a number of other national strategic documents with a technological component, covering the period up to 2030.

The document describes 6 objectives to be achieved over this 10-year period:

  • Deploy a secure digital infrastructure
  • Ensure access to adequate technical knowledge and digital skills
  • Strengthening research and innovation capacity
  • Unlock the potential of data
  • Digitalisation for a circular low carbon economy

Enhancing the efficiency of government and the quality of public services

A total of 17 impact areas for the period up to 2030 are described in the strategy document: digital infrastructure; cyber security; research and innovation; education and training; labor market adaptation; digital economy; agriculture; transport; energy; environment and climate; health; finance; culture; disinformation and media literacy; territorial development; digital governance; and security and citizen participation in the democratic process.

The development of digital technologies and their integration into all spheres of economic and social life necessitates a rethinking of the approach to harnessing their exceptional potential for enhancing the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy, increasing demand and supply and the efficiency of public services and successfully tackling the main social challenges in the period until 2030.

The full text of the National Strategic Document “Digital Transformation of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030” can be found at the following link:

National strategic document DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

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Website

www.digitalalliance.bg 

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Digital infrastructure

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2020-2030

Latest update of the strategy

01.02.2023

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

NATIONAL PROGRAMME DIGITAL BULGARIA 2025

By Cybersecurity, IoT, Inspiration, AI & ML, Audience, For ICT professionals, For all, In education, For the workforce, For public administration, Technology, Basic digital skills, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
NATIONAL PROGRAMME DIGITAL BULGARIA 2025

30.03.2023 |

 The Digital Bulgaria 2025 Programme aims at modernising and increasing the widespread implementation of intelligent information technology (IT) solutions in all areas of the economy and social life. Another objective of the programme focuses on the strategic enhancement of digital competence and skills at all levels.

The Digital Bulgaria 2025 programme is coordinated by the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communication of Bulgaria. Digital Bulgaria 2025 sets out 3 main objectives when it comes to digital skills development on a national level: 

  • Modernisation of school and higher education in the field of ICT

The implementation of this objective includes key activities such as: promoting the development of a modern and reliable information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure at schools, improving assessment of students’ digital competences upon graduation from high school, modernising the educational curriculum and teaching methods, and upskilling teachers, educators and training providers. Activities also aim to further strengthen cooperation between education, industry and the non-governmental sector.

  • Increasing the number of highly qualified specialists in the field of ICT

To implement this objective two key activities are considered: increasing the number of young people trained for ICT professions, and promoting the development of qualified ICT specialists through a focus on lifelong learning and upskilling approaches. 

  • Improving  the digital and ICT skills of the workforce

Under this objective, upskilling and reskilling programmes financed by the Bulgarian Government are considered. 

More detailed information about the digital skills priorities of the Programme can be found in the full Programme document (pages 33-34) and Roadmap (both available in Bulgarian).

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

The Digital Bulgaria 2025 programme is coordinated by the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.

Roadmap

2020-2025

Latest update of the strategy

10.02.2023

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

CONCEPT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AI IN BULGARIA BY 2030

By In education, For the workforce, For ICT professionals, For public administration, Technology, Basic digital skills, AI & ML, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For all, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
CONCEPT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AI IN BULGARIA BY 2030

30.03.2023 |

 Protocol 72 of the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of 16 December 2020 adopted the Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria until 2030.

The document proposes a comprehensive vision for the development and use of artificial intelligence in Bulgaria. It is based on the strategic and programme documents of the European Commission, which consider artificial intelligence as one of the main drivers of digital transformation in Europe.

The main goal of the concept is to unite the efforts on the development and implementation of artificial intelligence systems by creating scientific, expert, business and managerial capacity. It is envisaged to provide a modern communication and scientific infrastructure for the development of new generation digital technologies. The education and lifelong learning system will be improved. The development of research and innovation in key sectors will be supported, and work will be done to put in place an ethical legal and regulatory framework that enjoys public trust.

Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria by 2030 (official)

“Artificial intelligence has long been a concept that is not abstract. It is becoming ubiquitous , many businesses are focused in creating innovations based on it. Some of the sectors will be subject to a complete transformation as a result of the development of artificial intelligence, some will be changed forever,” Rosen Zhelyazkov, minister of transport, information technology and communications, said at a government meeting.

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Artificial intelligence

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2020-2030

Latest update of the strategy

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL EDUCATION (2021-2027)

By Technology, Basic digital skills, In education, Audience, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL EDUCATION (2021-2027)

30.03.2023 |

 Digital transformation is reshaping society and the economy with an ever-deepening impact on everyday life. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it demonstrated the need for higher levels of digital capabilities in education and training, but also led to an increase in a number of existing challenges and inequalities between those who have access to digital technologies and those who do not, including the disadvantaged.

The Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) is a renewed policy initiative of the European Union (EU) to support the sustainable and effective adaptation of the education and training systems of the countries of the Union to the digital age.

The Digital Education Action Plan:

  • Proposes a long-term strategic vision for high quality, inclusive and accessible European digital education
  • Addresses the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an unprecedented use of technology for education and learning purposes
  • Seeks stronger cooperation at EU level on digital education and stresses the importance of working together across sectors to bring education into the digital age
  • Presents opportunities, including improving the quality and quantity of digital learning, supporting the digitisation of teaching methods and pedagogy, and providing the infrastructure needed for inclusive and sustainable distance learning

To achieve these objectives, the Action Plan identifies two priority areas:

  1. Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem

This includes:

  • infrastructure, connectivity and digital equipment
  • effective digital capacity planning and development, including advanced organisational capabilities
  • digitally competent and confident teachers and education and training staff
  • high-quality learning content, user-friendly tools and secure platforms that respect e-privacy and ethical standards

2. Improving digital skills and competences for digital transformation

For this it is necessary:

  • basic digital skills and competences from an early age
  • digital literacy, including dealing with misinformation
  • computer education
  • good knowledge and understanding of data-intensive technologies such as artificial intelligence
  • in-depth digital skills that equip more digital professionals
  • ensuring that girls and young women are equally represented in digital training and work

To support the two priority areas, the Commission will set up a Digital Education Hub strengthening cooperation and exchange on digital education at EU level. The Digital Education Action Plan is coordinated by the Digital Education Unit of DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

For more information, you can follow this link: https://education.ec.europa.eu/

 

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