12 July 2017
Professor Don Passey chairs the latest IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education 2017.

Delegates from 6 continents and over 50 countries worldwide met last week (2nd-6th July 2017) at the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) World Conference on Computing in Education (WCCE) 2017 in Dublin Castle, Ireland to discuss the future of computing, computer education and digital technologies in education.

The event was hosted by the Irish Computer Society (ICS), and formally opened by the Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, who underlined the importance of an education system which embraces technology and uses it to prepare students for the jobs of the future.

Representatives from the OECD and UNESCO supported the Minister’s message with evidence on the growing reliance on technology both at home and in the workplace, but highlighting also inequalities in access to broadband, computers and adequately trained teachers of computing. Lord David Puttnam, fulfilling his final duty as Digital Champion for Ireland, spoke of his work in this area since 1992, asking delegates from all countries to call for 7% GDP from their respective governments to be spent on education.

In summing up in the closing session, Don said: ‘In terms of computing, computer education and uses of technologies for teaching and learning are we now, in 2017, at a pivotal point of change? It is clear that international, national and local computer and educational technology strategies, policies and curricula are shifting. Learners of all ages and levels can benefit from and arguably should be enabled to develop opportunities that such technologies offer not only for their individual futures but also for the future of our wider communities and society as a whole’.