ECDL & Moate Community School.
Transition year students in Moate Community school have a long tradition of studying the ECDL syllabus. In 2009 that the school received its own ECDL Test Centre Accreditation. The huge investment in Moate Community School's computer room made this possible. The new version of Microsoft Office 2007 is used in the school to ensure all certifications received are up-to-date with the most modern software.
All transition year students are timetabled for 5 classes of ECDL each week. Transition year students of 2009-2010 saw the introduction of the new automated testing system. The automated testing system means that students complete their exams online under the supervision of their teacher Ms. Halligan and receive their results instantly.
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the world's most successful IT skills certification programme. To date, nine million people have undertaken an ECDL programme in more than 60 countries worldwide. In Ireland, the ECDL is administered by ICS SKILLS.
Outside of Europe the programme is known as the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), attesting to its phenomenal world-wide recognition and growth.
The ECDL establishes a standard for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies competence in computer use, making the holder readily mobile within Ireland and internationally. Employers and job seekers all agree on the importance of this standard definition of practical competence in Information Technology.
The ECDL syllabus
The ECDL syllabus describes the knowledge and the skills required to achieve the ECDL standard. It covers basic computer skills and the use of common applications in the school, the home and in society in general. It is divided into seven modules, 6 practical and 1 theoretical. A test in each module must be passed before the ECDL is awarded.
The 7 ECDL modules are as follows: