Online Masters is a programme with online learning material to acquire and expand digital skills. Conscious, safe and responsible are the key words. VodafoneZiggo developed the programme because the telecom company realised that digital skills were only taught in school to a limited extent. It is expected that digital literacy will become part of the national curriculum as of 2022. But even then, schools still have several years to implement it in their educational programme. “That is too far into the future for the current generation,” says Louise Meijer, director Corporate Social Responsibility. “We want to familiarize kids with the digital world from an early age, in a playful manner. Because that world is developing superfast. In order to participate, you need to have the proper skills and knowledge in good time.”
Online Masters focuses on four themes: the digital world, creative and skilled online, safe online and conscious online. Louise: “In the online teaching programme, various masters take a look at their field of expertise, ranging from technology to design. They do so by means of video. They look back, for instance, on how things were in the early stages of the internet, or teach them about the latest high-tech gadgets. They also discuss pressing issues like fake news, sexting and cyber bullying.”
Online Master in pyjamas
Online Masters was initially a programme for class use, at school therefore. But there are also several modules you can do at home. “Especially now, that is a good thing, of course,” Louise continues. “At times, it may seem as if everything has come to a standstill in these current times, but obviously that is not the case. At least not in the online world, which has become perhaps even more important since we use online means to stay in touch with friends, family, work and school.”
You can now become an Online Master from your favourite chair, with lemonade and cookies within reach, not having combed your hair yet and still wearing your pyjamas. Rik (13) is quite the expert: “The last few weeks I couldn’t go to school. When I’d finished my homework for the day after the online class, I would go to Online Masters for a lesson. One day, I’d like to be a lawful hacker. The third module, Safe Master, was therefore really cool to do. Now I already know a little bit how it’s done.”
Starting 11 May, primary schools have reopened their doors. Children go to school for, on average, two days a week. The remaining three days – provided they have done their regular homework ánd feel up to a digital challenge – they can also follow Online Masters lessons if they want. Louise: “The modules remain accessible from home. And we also keep developing and improving the programme. More about that early next month.”
Are your kids finished with their homework and ready for a digital challenge? Take them to www.online-masters.nl and choose a ‘home module’.