Introduction

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For years, technology has been evolving and forming an important part of our daily life. Gone are the times in which the only way to connect was phone or mail, today smartphones and tablets can take them anywhere and be continuously connected to the world.

In the same way, all professions today are increasingly demanding with their workers regarding the skills they have to develop for effective work, adapted to all people and therefore with more value.

Seeing the gaps that are in the profession of educators in terms of their digital skills, the European Commission decided to develop the DigCompEdu to create a common frame of reference for educators, to be able to know what could be evaluated and know where they are to continue developing in digital competences. DigCompEdu is a scientifically sound framework that helps guide policy and can be directly adapted to implement regional and national tools and training programs. In addition, it offers a common language and approach that will help dialogue and the exchange of good practices across borders.

The DigCompEdu study is based on the previous work carried out to define the Digital Competence of the citizens, in general (which we will deal with in the next point), and the Digitally Competent Education Organisations (DigCompOrg). It contributes to the Commission’s recently endorsed Skills Agenda for Europe and to the Europe 2020 flagship initiative Agenda for New Skills for New Jobs.The DigCompEdu framework of the Joint Research Center (JRC) is aimed at educators at all educational levels. The development of the framework has been based on the analysis, mapping and grouping of the elements that constitute the digital competence of the educators, as detailed in the existing national and international frameworks, the self-assessment tools and the certification schemes.

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