The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.
Through our series of online challenges, you can win career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately gain industry-recognised Awards that help you stand out from the crowd.
How iDEA Works
Learners take part in a series of challenges in order to win awards. For every new skill and learning experience mastered, iDEA learners are awarded a digital badge. Each badge carries a number of points. When participants earn enough points, they are awarded the Bronze, Silver or Gold Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award.
There are badges which can help you to be safe online, and pick up tips and techniques on topics such as web design, cyber security, cloud computing, animation and how to use colours in digital creations.
Digital skills are all about developing the ability to tell a computer what to do, to make, to build, to get creative and to gain confidence.
Enterprise skills set you up for success in the world of work. iDEA helps equip people to be digital workers, makers, entrepreneurs, gamers and citizens of the future.
Who can take part?
Students of course but it would be great if parents and carers got involved too! It is completely FREE and is considered to be the digital version of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
How Do I Take Part?
Visit the website here – www.idea.org.uk
Your username is your school email address
Student passwords will be available from your Computing teacher – you change this when you first log in.
Now you are ready to start.
Select badges in either Citizen, Worker, Maker or Entrepreneur and click ‘start badge’. Follow the on-screen instructions. Once you have completed a badge you will get points. When you have collected enough points for either bronze, silver or gold you will be able to download your certificate.
Note – if you have used iDEA before, you will have to manually add the organisation code to your profile.
To do this hover over the ‘edit profile’ at the top right of the display.
Where it says ‘Organisation Code’ add your year group code –
Year 7 – HGA72020
Year 8 – HGA82020
Year 9 – HGA92020
Year 10 – HGA102020
Year 11 – HGA112020
If you are unsure ask your Computing teacher for help.