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HackTheBusiness

By Basic digital skills, Audience, Robotics, Technology, Software engineering, Computing, Web development, Telecommunications, Mobile apps, Digital marketing, Big data, 5G & WiFi, For all, Cybersecurity, Inspiration, IoT, AI & ML, AR & VR, Type of initiative, Bulgaria, Country of the initiative, International initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives, INSPIRATION
HackTheBusiness

12.03.2024 |

What’s the challenge?


HackTheBusiness 
offers an entrepreneurship challenge tailored for young minds eager to explore the vast potential of Sustainability.

The challenge is to propose an innovative business idea that navigates the sustainable landscape and pioneer new frontiers in the eco-friendly industry relating to agri-food, construction, manufacturing and digital and creative industries.

Participants are encouraged to think critically, creatively, and sustainably, aiming to address environmental concerns and contribute to a more eco-conscious and resilient future in these key sectors!

Who can attend?

If you are between 18 and 40 years old, based in Europe, with a passion for innovation and sustainability – join us!

The HackTheBusiness competition is aimed at bright minds including students, new startuppers, and researchers who want to acquire entrepreneurial skills and explore their potential.

Contestants can participate as individuals or in teams of up to 4 members.

About the Competition

The final HackTheBusiness will take place in the Innovation Forum “John Atanasoff” at Sofia Tech Park in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 26th and 27th of March 2024.

You and your team will pitch to get an opportunity to participate in ENTREPRENEDU’s business acceleration programme, where your sustainable idea has a strong potential to bring real changes into the world, with the help of ENTREPRENEDU mentors.

 

You should register by the 18th of March!

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Details

Уебсайт

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Level

Middle

Advanced

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Software Engineering

Digital Skills

Organisation

Country 

EU

Type of the initiative

International initiative

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:

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

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.

During the Bulgarian editions, within 5 days students aged 12-18 developed innovative solutions using AI  to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

See three of the projects developed:

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

TECHNOVATION 2023

By Software engineering, Computing, Web development, Telecommunications, Mobile apps, Digital marketing, Blockchain, Media literacy, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, For all, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Audience, Robotics, Technology, NEWS
TECHNOVATION 2023

03.05.2023 |

ELEVATE. INTEGRATE. ACCELERATE.

 

ABOUT THE EVENT

Following the success of the first edition of Technovation, Manager magazine is preparing the second edition in 2023. This year’s Technovation event will discuss how the sector is developing in Bulgaria and around the world, as well as what investors are looking for and how to enter foreign markets. What kind of relationship will we develop with artificial intelligence? What does the next generation of technology have in store for us? How will the fintech scene evolve? What are some successful examples of creating new business opportunities through innovation?

In 4 discussion panels, leading executives and experts with recognized authority will discuss how technology is improving the business environment.

Audience: C-level reps/decision makers from tech companies as well as other sectors – retail, trade, heavy and light industry, transportation, healthcare; entrepreneurs; investors; consumers with a passion for technology.

Distribution: The event is being recorded and videos from the individual panels will be posted a few days after the event on manager.bg, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

This year’s tech event will look at:

  • How the sector is developing in Bulgaria and around the world, as well as what investors are looking for and how to enter foreign markets?
  • What relationships will we develop with artificial intelligence?
  • What does the next generation of technology have in store for us?
  • How will the fintech scene evolve?
  • What are some successful examples of creating new business opportunities through innovation?

 

PROGRAMME:

  • Panel One: Investments in tech: staying ahead
  • Panel Two: AI era: Hello, I am here
  • Panel Three: Fintech 2023: What’s coming?
  • Panel Four: Flying in the clouds

Details of the topics, panelists and a registration form for free attendance in the room can be found here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Web Development

Big Data

Telecommunications

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

5G

THE BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR THE YEAR WERE AWARDED AT THE LARGEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

By Telecommunications, Blockchain, Digital marketing, Big data, Media literacy, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, NEWS
THE BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR THE YEAR WERE AWARDED AT THE LARGEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

03.05.2023 |

Over 400 teachers, principals and education experts took part in this year’s edition of the educational event “Best Practices in Focus” on 29 and 30 April in Sofia.

Art Therapy Studio to improve students’ emotional competencies; project-based learning to celebrate the holidays of different ethnicities in school and develop tolerance among students; a student portfolio in biology to develop scientific literacy, short-term memory and motivation; and a comprehensive school strategy for environmental education and developing awareness of global challenges related to climate change. These are the educational practices that were rated highest in this year’s Best Practices in Focus competition. For the second year in a row, the competition collects, describes and promotes good examples of the work of teachers in Bulgaria.

The awards were presented on 29 April in Sofia during the largest educational event of the same name, which brought together more than 400 teachers, principals and educational experts to exchange experiences, inspiration, practical workshops and search for new approaches to engage students in the 21st century.

The organizers of the competition and the final event “Good Practices in Focus” are the Foundation “Together in class” and the educational website prepodavame.bg.

The winning practices are reviewed and evaluated by an expert jury of over 40 people. In the selection criteria, they look for practices that are effective, sustainable and improve the well-being of children, promote youth participation and support students’ academic progress.

“We often talk about what is not happening in Bulgarian classrooms, what needs to be changed and fixed. This gives the wrong impression that meaningful and inspiring things are not happening. With Good Practices in Focus, we want to show just how much resource and potential there is in the country’s schools. We have received many good examples that we believe will be useful for teachers in other schools – to find inspiration, to find like-minded people and to look for new opportunities to be even more helpful to their pupils.”

In addition to jury awards, audience awards and additional special awards were presented to some of the partners in the event.

In the program of the event, in addition to the awarding of the best practices, teachers from all over the country had the opportunity to participate in an important discussion on how we provide quality education to all students with the participation of Anelia Andreeva from the National Inspectorate of Education, representatives of the World Bank and education experts. [recording of the discussion coming soon]

After the discussion, the forum participants drew on the experience of Dr. Rima Shore, head of the Bank Street College of Education in New York. She inspired the attendees with a lecture on “Empowering Teachers”, which focused on the power and impact of teacher empowerment [lecture recording coming soon]. She also led two hands-on workshops on strategies for improving student well-being and progress and adapting best practices from elsewhere. The workshops were highly appreciated by teachers and helped many of them to imagine how they could innovate more in their teaching practice.

In addition to the international guest, the teachers at the forum learned experientially through practical workshops prepared by teachers from Sofia, Varna, Staza Zagora, Knezha, S. Bohot, S. Rumyantsevo.

The first day of the event also introduced teachers to over 30 educational organizations and initiatives during a special educational exhibition.

More about the event and a full list of the award winners can be found here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION “DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION” OPENS

By Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, In education, AI & ML, For the workforce, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, NEWS
REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION "DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION" OPENS

03.05.2023 |

Traditionally, the campaign and the award ceremony will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Science

From today, 3 May 2023, the registration for the Digital Innovators in Education Teacher Competition 2023, organised by BAIT for the fourth consecutive year, will open.

The aim of the competition is to reward and encourage best practices in the use of digital content, the connection of schools with business and the preparation for the establishment of STEM centers. The competition is looking for teachers – digital innovators, teaching from 1st to 12th grade.

All teachers, including assistant teachers, teaching students from 1st to 12th grade in all subjects included in the curricula of the Ministry of Education can participate. Any teacher may apply or be nominated* in one or more categories. (*Nominations also require completion of all fields on the application form, as well as supporting evidence.)

Registration in the competition is done by submitting an Application Form.

Deadline for registration: 26.05.2023 by 17:00.

Links to posts, testimonials, comments from students and parents on Facebook, LinkedIn, learning platforms, received via email, test scores, videos, links to materials and videos will be accepted.

The competition will determine award winners in the following 4 categories:

1.Technological Innovation:

  • Application of ICT in the overall learning process – tests, homework, visualization and examples;
  • Additional technological innovations – simulation environments, automation, generation of unique tests with the same degree of difficulty (scoring and individualization), authorship check;
  • Use of special technological tools in extracurricular activities – 3D printers, computer aided design systems /CAD systems/, virtual reality, etc.;
  • Contribution to the learning of the material (comparison of test results with previous years).

2. Quality learning content:

  • Interactive presentation of content: engaging students in the delivery and preparation of the lesson;
  • Learning through fun with a platform based on games and building different worlds that encourages creativity, collaboration and problem solving /games, quizzes and other forms with a competitive element/;
  • Feedback from parents , students and guest speakers;
  • Multiple use by other teachers and/or schools.

3. Practical orientation of information technology teaching:

  • Teacher participation in the Business Teaches NP (by updating knowledge and introducing examples from practice to enhance the practical focus of teaching and/or using practitioners as teaching assistants, guest lecturers). Using practical examples and knowledge of new technologies acquired during training in companies in the teaching process;
  • Other forms of collaboration with business to make classroom learning more practical;
  • Extracurricular forms of cooperation with business – internships, workshops and visits to companies.

4. Contribute to a quality STEM center:

  • Preparing for the use of the STEM center in the learning process;
  • Preparation of attractive and interactive content for after-school activities/clubs;
  • Preparing teachers to successfully use the technology tools in the STEM center;
  • Programs to generate interest in STEM;
  • STEM Skills Formation Programs.

The jury, which includes the members of the Management and Supervisory Boards of BAIT, will award the best applications from 1st to 3rd place in each of the four categories.

The winners will be awarded at an official ceremony at TechnoMagicLand on 27.06.2023.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Telecommunications

Web Development

Big Data

Mobile apps

Digital Marketing

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Skills

WORDPRESS. MAT THAT THREW THE INTERNET INTO JAZZ

By For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, Media literacy, 5G & WiFi, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, For the workforce, NEWS
WORDPRESS. MAT THAT THREW THE INTERNET INTO JAZZ

12.05.2023 |

The story of WordPress is curious and exciting, it is one of those rare series of events that show how beautiful life online can be and what amazing possibilities it creates.

Today, different programming languages, platforms, and libraries are multiplying faster than ever, which is why it’s especially impressive that more than 1/3 of the sites on the Internet today are based… on the same technology. And it’s jazz-related.

WordPress came along at the right time to become the venture that allowed anyone to make their well-designed website easily and without digging deep. The story is particularly interesting, Matt Mullenweg created the platform willy-nilly, insisting on its independence and general accessibility while at the same time… managing to amass a serious fortune. And to remain one of the most positive characters in the times of ubiquitous internet.

Jazzzz

WordPress came along just in time at the moment when the web suddenly became accessible and websites were ready to offer a variety of content. The open source platform has rallied a huge community around it. Thanks to it, today it’s easier than ever to have a well-designed website without being a programmer, designer, or having any experience.

It’s very hard to realize what 1/3 of today’s internet means. Different sources give differing figures, but it is approximately 450 million web pages! With not only the number, but the ratio not stopping growing in recent years, WordPress is adding 2% to its “share” of the web per year, and some say it has even passed the 40% mark!

Today, the project’s main database houses 423,759 lines of code, and because the programmers work on a volunteer basis, 112 years of hours of work have been put into the project so far.

And it all started completely by accident, from the curiosity of a kid.

It’s 2003, and 19-year-old Matt Mullenweg is a freshman at the University of Houston. He decided to start a blog and chose the b2/cafelog platform. He wants to show his classmates the pictures he took on a trip to Washington. The blog was called Photomatt.net, and later became simply Ma.tt.

At that time only 2000 sites were made using b2/cafelog. The platform is far from perfect, Matt needs minor improvements so he can upload his photos. So he’s trying to get in touch with the people who created the project… And today, all of us who use WordPress are very lucky that he’s hitting rock bottom.

The creator of the platform is gone, and Matt decides to seek advice in one of the popular programming forums. “My blog’s software dilemma,” the youngster christens the topic, and explains, “The platform login software I use hasn’t been updated in months, and the main developer has disappeared. I can’t find him anywhere, but I hope he’s at least okay.”

Days pass, only one comment appears below. One Mike Little writes: “If you’re serious about the idea of making a successor to b2, I’d be interested in getting involved.”

Summertime

And then, things just happen. Slowly but surely, their project began to gain a following to become what WordPress is today – the platform that gives everyone the chance to be featured in the online world.

Symbolic or not, the project was officially created on April Fool’s Day, the date becoming WordPress’ birthday.

People don’t stop preferring WordPress until today because in its basic form, you don’t need to know how to code. The system is simple, intuitive, and time-tested. And if you do a little programming, you can develop your project without limits. Of course, there are no perfect solutions, WordPress is not always the best choice. But it’s definitely a myth that it’s only suitable for more modest projects, and today it’s used by BBC America, Bloomberg Professional, TechCrunch and The New Yorker.

But we mentioned jazz… What does it have to do with a platform for websites? It’s a stylish decision by the developers, which WP fans are well aware of, to name each new version of the platform after a favourite jazz artist. The first official version, from January 2004, is named after Miles Davis, and the latest, from November 2022, is named after pianist Mikhail Alperin – Misha. With the release of each new version, the creators of WordPress also release a short playlist of their favorite performances of the selected jazzman.

“Technology is most useful when it brings people together,” says Matt Mullenweg.

But how did he and his followers walk the long road to success? How did he manage to become a successful entrepreneur despite becoming popular with open source? What are the WordPress creator’s views on the future of the web and the big questions of today? Read on the Digital Stories website.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Web development

Software engineering

Digital skills

WOMEN WHO SHONE IN THE TECH WORLD

By Telecommunications, Media literacy, 5G & WiFi, IoT, Software engineering, Web development, Big data, Microelectronics, Audience, For all, Technology, Computing, NEWS
WOMEN WHO SHONE IN THE TECH WORLD

02.05.2023 |

Their stories are interesting and inspiring

Some think women don’t understand technology. However, this is far from the case and the proof is in the fact that there are many women professionals who have proven their worth in a wide variety of professions. We present to you a few of the most stunning ladies who have left their name in the history of programming:

Countess Ada Lovelace

Have you heard of her? She’s the daughter of the great poet George Byron. And shocking as it may be, she was the world’s first computer programmer. She was born in London in 1815. As a little girl, Ada loved to curl up in some secluded corner with a pen and a notebook. Her mother feared that her daughter had inherited her father’s literary talent and would carry on his work. Ada, however, was not interested in poetry at all-she was obsessed with the idea of the airplane she was designing.

When she was 17, Ada met mathematician Charles Babbage, who is known as the inventor of the first computer. The girl translated Babbage’s work, Elements of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. Interestingly, the translation itself was accompanied by her personal explanations of 52 pages, writes iskamdaznam.

Among other things, she describes the algorithm for calculating Bernoulli’s numbers in order for the computer to understand them. Her calculation sequence can safely be considered the first computer program. Many of the girl’s ideas became the basis for the development of modern programming. In her notes, things like “work cell”, “subroutine”, “loop” are mentioned for the first time in the world.

Grace Hopper

As a child, she was famous for her proverbial curiosity. She remained so. Little Grace dismantled seven alarm clocks – quite puzzling her mother with these actions. Because of her father’s illness, she didn’t want to be another American wife who would be nothing more than a housewife. A decent dowry, however, was not as important as a good education. Therefore, the father chose the latter, which determined his daughter’s fate. The talented Grace Hopper quickly earned her doctorate at Yale. When World War II began, the girl went to serve in the Navy. In 1943, she was transferred to the Artillery Computer Bureau at Harvard University. She was among the first programmers of the Mark I computer. Grace Hopper created the COBOL programming language, which is still current. She first used the term “bug” in her bug report.

Marisa Mayer

Mayer breaks all existing stereotypes about female intelligence by becoming CEO of Yahoo! She was born into a family of an engineer and an artist in 1975 in Wisconsin, USA. After graduating with an MBA from Stanford, she began working at Google, where she became the first female software engineer. Later she worked from one department to another, doing web design, dealing with management, marketing, staff training. As a result, the indefatigable blonde found herself president of the IT product development department.

Marissa Mayer found herself in a difficult situation when she was offered the CEO position at Yahoo because she was pregnant. It is well known that this is not a prerequisite for career development. However, Marissa impressed the board of directors. The company’s management did not doubt for a moment that she was the one to lead Yahoo out of the crisis. After she left Yahoo in 2017, together with her colleague Munoz Torres, she founded Lumi Labs, which is a technology business incubator. The new company is based in Palo Alto, California, and its operations are focused on artificial intelligence and consumer media. She owes her career primarily to her character, which is an incredible “explosive mixture” of pedantry and workaholism.

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FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

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FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

02.05.2023 |

Time to consider differentiated remuneration to retain good teachers in priority subjects

The frameworks set out by the Ministry of Education are the stumbling block in the modern training of young talent. The inability to have the power to implement a newer and genuinely useful approach to training processes. Freedom must be given. The head teacher should be able to assign classes to people from the business who within 4-5 hours can come and teach. This will certainly motivate the students, give them another perspective, and motivate the teachers, which in turn will raise the level and lead to better quality education in the state.

Around this opinion united teachers from the Professional High School of Computer Modeling and Computer Systems – city. Varna and Professional School of Computer Science and Mathematical Analysis “Prof. Minko Balkanski – town of Stara Zagora at the next meeting-discussion organized by BASCOM with IT schools in Bulgaria. At the meetings some of the most successful technology schools present and exchange best practices from their training models in order to study their experience and multiply it in other cities of the country. The moderator of the meeting was Ivan Rusev – part of the BASCOM working group that deals with education issues.

Both schools in Varna and Stara Zagora were established less than three years ago and are already an established centre of attraction for young people from their respective regions. Eng. Vyara Dukova, Director of the Professional High School of Computer Modelling and Computer Systems in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Varna, said that the curriculum is key for any high school. “The main thing we rely on is that in the elective classes children study mathematics. We believe that no engineer or programmer would be successful if they don’t have a good level of math knowledge. The idea of student learning is to achieve lasting knowledge in something, not to go over material that students cannot understand and master. It’s important for us to build a foundation that the business or university will then build on.”

Eng. Dukova is adamant that today’s children are very different in their perceptions and we should find an approach and language to them. “We have tried to build a model where university professors enter the classes at high school level. This was not a successful practice because the university lecturer imparts a knowledge while the student should be taught. Much more examples and work with children at the high school level is needed,” she says.

Kamelia Krumova, Director of PGKNMA “prof. Minko Balkanski” – town of Stara Zagora

The issue of personnel is another big topic that was discussed in the meeting.

“It is very difficult to find teachers who meet the requirements and at the same time to be able to retain them. Often they come to us for a period of time, we put resources into their education and before long the IT industry swallows them up. Teaching is not just a job, it’s a cause and it’s not for everyone,” said Kamelia Krumova, director of Prof. Minko Balkanski” – town of Stara Zagora. Kamelia Krumova added that we have many applications for teachers from people from other sectors, such as banking, who once acquired teaching qualifications and decided to try their hand as teachers years later. There is a need to find a mechanism to support these people, for example to update their knowledge and assess it, because in general there is a mistrust and among these candidates there may be many valuable educators with unrealised potential. As an advice to future technology schools in other cities, Ms. Krumova stressed that it is absolutely important to be able to rely on a core of great teachers in the first place, as well as on the strong support of the local government – the formula for success of the school in the city of Krumova. The main reason for the success of Stara Zagora’s school.

Dobroslav Dimitrov raised the topic of how long it takes teachers to prepare their materials and what a big effort it is. “I myself am the co-founder of a coder training academy, which I have been developing for 10 years and I know how labor-intensive the process is. I can boldly say that since two months we are much more productive thanks to the AI-based tools we implemented. It’s a colossal transition that can solve in a large percentage the problems with content creation or a complete course. Artificial intelligence could help teachers, for example, to come up with specific assignments or coursework for each student in a way that is interesting and personalised to their level of knowledge and understanding. Using these tools, good materials can be prepared and the overall teaching process can be improved. This frees up creative resources that could be directed towards students. The application of artificial intelligence makes sure that the new juniors are at the level of midlevel and this is already happening,” said Dobroslav Dimitrov.

The participants in the discussion were in consensus that at least twice a year IT school principals, together with representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and business, need to meet to exchange information and share cases that can find their solution through such discussions. They re-emphasized the importance of having a regular government and a Minister of Education as soon as possible to address all the issues raised.

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

By Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, For children, AR & VR, In education, NEWS
CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

28.04.2023 |

Are you currently considering your career path after graduation? Have you thought about the dynamic and constantly evolving field of IT? Look no further! Join this upcoming event to learn about the exciting opportunities available as a programmer or designer. Take the first step towards your dream career and discover the opportunities that await you!

When?

04 May at 19:00

Where?

We are waiting for you at the boulevard. “Blvd. “Cherni Vrah” 51, floor 2″ (The entrance is on the back side of the building, from Boris Nikolov – Mokata Str.)

What is the event?

The event will take the form of a discussion, with a short presentation. The best teachers from IT STEP ACADEMY ( in the field of “Programming” and “Design”) will participate in it. You will have the opportunity to get to know their stories and get inspiration from their experience.

The event will be held in two parts (in two different rooms), and you will be able to choose where you want to attend and which is the most curious and useful for you.

Confirm your attendance by registering here.

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BESCO: IT’S TIME TO ENCOURAGE TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT OUTSIDE SOFIA

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BESCO: IT'S TIME TO ENCOURAGE TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT OUTSIDE SOFIA

26.04.2023 |

Svetozar Georgiev, Chairman of the Board of BESCO – Bulgarian Entrepreneurs Association, Dobromir Ivanov, Executive Director of BESCO, in “Business Start”

The Investment Promotion Act in Bulgaria is not adequate to what our neighbouring countries are doing. Neighbouring countries are doing better than us because the way they define the classes of investors and the way state aid is given – what the state actually supports to make deals happen – are fundamentally different. We now have draft laws in place that should change the situation. We propose amendments to the law to focus on medium- and high-tech companies that are outside Sofia and, as a consequence, to change the way in which the relevant classes of investors are defined. This was commented by Svetozar Georgiev, Chairman of the Board of BESCO – Bulgarian Entrepreneurial Association, and Dobromir Ivanov, Executive Director of BESCO, in the TV show “Business Start” with host Hristo Nikolov.

Sofia is now considered a more developed region and especially when it comes to high-tech businesses, there is even cannibalism between companies in the capital and it is very important to develop the regions outside Sofia, the participants explain.

“In Sofia, the competition for staff is so great that at the moment of the arrival of a technology giant to extract more engineers to work for it, it is not clear whether this would help the ecosystem in the city at all…When a competition is too intense and we have a closed market, as in Sofia, we already become uncompetitive at the regional level because the cost of labor becomes too high.”

According to the interlocutors, it is very important to change the size of the budget with which we attract investors. At the moment, the budget of our Investment Agency is about BGN 9 million. By comparison, Serbia entered into a deal with 300 million euros a few weeks ago.

“Accordingly, we do not meet the basic requirements when an investor looks at the region to be able to be competitive with what other countries around us are offering.”

According to the interlocutors, urgent changes are needed in the education system and a key priority in the field is the creation of a standard for the quality of teachers’ work.

“Educational institutions, schools and universities need to be clear about what kind of product they produce in the end…At the moment the system is extremely formal, there are no quality criteria and we are lagging spectacularly behind Europe and the rest of the world.”

Commenting on the results of the parliamentary elections, the interlocutors stressed that the expectations of the business and the people are related to having a regular government that does its job. The state has been in a caretaker mode for two years, the caretaker government is not a body that can legitimise the important issues and the long-term commitments that need to be made and we need to get out of this mode.

Society is fragmented, but this is not just a Bulgarian phenomenon. Only – as in business, we cannot wait for all factors and conjuncture to line up perfectly to start doing work, it cannot be done, we have to work with what we have. Our plea to politicians is to stop trying for an ideal scenario as it will not happen. During this time, key aspects of Bulgaria’s way forward are actually questionable or to be postponed, or even neglected – like our membership in the euro area, in Schengen, the Recovery and Sustainability Plan is delayed too much, and to this we can add many institutions with expired mandates.

“We are a parliamentary republic, it has to be governed that way and the political parties that are in parliament – in whatever configuration they are – have to work”, the interlocutors point out.

The whole conversation can be seen in the video here.

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POLICY IN THE BAR – HUMAN CLOUD

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POLICY IN THE BAR - HUMAN CLOUD

26.04.2023 |

Policy in the Bar is a BESCO networking event that brings together people from the entrepreneurial ecosystem in an informal setting over a beer. These include a variety of business owners, investors, policy makers and journalists. The meetings are in a friendly atmosphere and are aimed at networking and discussing ideas that can improve Bulgaria’s economic model.

GigsRemote will also be at the event to share more human cloud services of the future. GigsRemote is an innovative platform connecting freelancers from Eastern Europe with businesses in need of high quality talent to deliver their projects. The company acts as an impresario for freelancers, finding the best projects according to their experience and desire for professional growth. GigsRemote enables companies to implement their dual IT project implementation strategy, leveraging a core of key personnel within the company and hiring specialized external specialists.

The model is optimized for all involved, presenting the company with a cost- and time-effective alternative to the traditional model of recruiting through staffing agencies or hiring employees.

Come and meet us so that together we can build the future of Bulgaria!

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RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

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RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

20.04.2023 |

Rails Girls Sofia for the fifteenth time!

Rails Girls is a free two-day workshop aimed at ladies with zero or minimal experience in programming and technology.

The main goal is to show that programming is a fun, interesting, exciting and very useful skill that can be used in many different ways. You will have the opportunity to create your first web application, in an enjoyable atmosphere and under the guidance of experienced instructors. More about the event ↓

The event requires (free) registration in advance.

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12.05.2023-13.05.2023г.

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Free event

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In-person event

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2020 Event Space

Sofia

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.

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www.unite.ai/bg

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Digital technology

Artificial intelligence

Digital Skills

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Middle

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Other educational materials

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Bulgarian

Country providing the educational resource

Bulgaria

REGISTRATION FOR JAVA2DAYS 2023 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

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REGISTRATION FOR JAVA2DAYS 2023 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

17.05.2023 |

Registration for Java2Days 2023 is officially open! Don’t miss your chance to be part of the most anticipated Java event of the year, which will take place from 27 to 29 June in the beautiful seaside resort of Albena, located in a picturesque and ecologically clean bay on the Black Sea.

Java2Days 2023 promises to give you a unique and unforgettable experience, bringing together the brightest minds in the Java community for three action-packed days of innovative lectures, hands-on workshops and unparalleled networking opportunities.

By attending Java2Days 2023, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from world-class speakers, including Java Champions and industry leaders, as they share their insights, experiences, and techniques to help you level up your Java game.
  • Dive into practical, skill-building workshops designed to sharpen your expertise and expand your knowledge of the Java ecosystem.
  • Participate in thought-provoking conversations exploring the future of Java and its impact on the ever-evolving world of technology.
  • Connect with fellow Java enthusiasts, developers, and professionals from around the globe to share ideas and forge lasting relationships.
  • Grab your limited-edition Java2Days 2023 swag and merchandise to show off your Java pride!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to dive into the world of Java. The event will contribute significantly to your professional development. Secure your place at Java2Days 2023 today by selecting your ticket type here.

Register now and join to Java2Days for an extraordinary experience, where sun, sea, and code come together!

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