ICT Digital Learning
As educators, we are all aware of the important role that technology plays and will continue to play in your child's educational development. Our school is extremely well stocked when it comes to IT provision. Almost all of our classrooms have either touch-screen interactive or interactive whiteboards. The remaining classrooms have projectors and mimio panels (which will be upgraded to interactive boards within the next few months). All classrooms have visualizers and the pupils also have access to two trolleys of laptop computers. Our class teachers will all receive top of the range upgraded Dell Vostro laptops in September. The government are placing an emphasis on implementing digital learning into the primary school curriculum. If you click on the link below, you can access the digital learning strategy/framework. https://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Planning/Digital-Learning-Framework/
As a result, the school recently purchased 40 brand new I-pads from Wriggle Learning to add to the 20 devices we already have. Over the past month, our pupils have been given the opportunity to explore these new devices and even come up with suggestions for new apps. In fact, if you check Mr. McConigely's Junior Infant class page, you will see our pupils fully engaged in learning and revising their phonics (see link https://www.phonicsbloom.com/)
Wriggle will provide staff training from September. We will also be working in partnership with Cocoon IT during term 1 of the new school year. Cocoon provide staff and pupils learning in use of Ipads and how to embed technology into the curriculum. We are really looking forward to promoting IT from the start of September 2019.
Another intitiative introduced into the school in recent times are Beebots (click on underlined link for more information). Beebots are robotic toys than can be controlled using various commands on the device or can be controlled via Bluetooth on an Ipad or laptop. Beebots are used to teach basic coding, promote oral language skills and also enhance Geographical and Mathematical skills.
The school has purchased two sets of Beebots (one for the junior school and on set for the senior school) and they will be distributed to classes in June.