In this video, post primary teacher Maria Harney uses the free Glogster tool with students in her French class to support oral language development. Students produce Glogster presentations about themselves which incorporate their own audio recordings.
Principal Rose Mary Lynch, Mercy College Beaumont explains the many uses of the school website and why they chose a Scoilnet Blog to create their site. The school website helps them communicate with students and parents.
Catherine Fitzpatrick, SNA, Mercy College Beaumont shows the layout and organisation of the school’s website. Mercy College use a Scoilnet Blog for their website and find it “straightforward and user friendly.”
Principal Anthony Conlon, St Paul’s Community College explains how ICT has transformed learning, teaching and the school. The students enjoy using technology, it is their medium and they expect to be able to use it in the classroom.
Learning Resource teacher Patricia Fielding explains how using laptops with her students has engaged them and involved them more actively in their own learning. Creating well presented work has added to their feelings of success.
Í Coláiste de hÍde, Tamhlacht insíonn múinteoir Staire Daithí agus a dháltaí scoile an méid taitnimh a bhaineann siad as bheith ag úsaid Teicneolaíocht Faisnéise agus Cumarsáide sa seomra ranga. Chruthaigh Daithí blag foghlama agus aimsíonn sé fístéipeanna agus gníomhachtaí áisiúla ar Scoilnet a chabhraíonn leis sa rang.
German teacher Sandra Doyle and her students don't use textbooks for senior German, she and her students stay current with the language and bring the language alive by using the Internet in class. The students enjoy classes because they are so colourful and visual. The multi-media element of the Web brings a little piece of Germany into the classroom.
English teacher Pippa Brady sees many uses for ICT in her English classes. She employs it in class, she uses ICT to help her prepare classes, creating worksheets and slideshows, and she also uses it in her record keeping and administration. Pippa has gone further and adapted her classroom itself, creating a video wall to allow the film and drama sections of the syllabus to come alive. Instead of discussing film, the students become film makers and learn by doing. Pippa also recommends drawing on the techie know how of students who are willing and able to help.
Science teacher Dónal Hegarty, St. Mary's College, Dundalk explains that ICT is not a substitute for good teaching rather it is a powerful tool to enhance teaching and learning. His students who have grown up with technology speak about the immediacy and impact of ICT use in their learning.
ICT is extensively used in Dunshaughlin Community College across the school day and at home by means the school’s virtual learning environment (VLE). A number of subject teachers demonstrate how they are creating an e-Learning school using ICT as a tool to enhance learning and teaching. Staff training and development in ICT is a regular feature in the school and the e-Portal and VLE allow for personalised learning and the sharing of resources and easy collaboration.
Teresa Hennessy, ICT coordinating teacher of Tallaght Community School gives us a view of some of the many facets of her work. Teresa explains the current focus in her school is on using ICT in the classroom across the curriculum. As part of their whole school planning the staff is working on an e-Learning Plan and they have used the NCTE’s e-Learning Roadmap to assess their current use of ICT. They will prioritise a number of steps on which to work using the e-Learning Roadmap as their guide.
Primary and Post Primary Principals speak about their vision for e-learning in their schools and the importance of establishing an e-culture throughout the school. Principal, Kathleen O’Connor, explains that children expect to experience technology in the classroom, they want to use it and are not afraid to use it. Principal Matt Hume traces the development of ICT in St. Joseph’s NS from 1987 to today. Involving the Board of Management and establishing an ICT Coordinator were important elements of his plan. Declan Donnelly, the ICT Coordinator, outlines his role in achieving the plan to embed ICT learning and teaching in the school. They installed a wireless network throughout the school; each classroom has a teaching laptop, data projector, wireless keyboard and wireless mouse to allow the children to use it at their desks. Realising their vision for ICT has also involved information evenings for parents and whole school continuing professional development for the teachers.
The Laptops Initiative was a nationwide ICT-in-education initiative aimed at identifying how laptops could best be used to support second-level students with literacy difficulties in inclusive environments. It ran from 2000-2005 and many of its key findings still hold true today.
Students and teachers from St Josesph's School in Foxford discuss the benefits of using laptops and ICT in their learning and teaching. A range of positive gains emerged for students, particularly relating to literacy and inclusion. This case study emerged from the NCTE’s Laptops Initiative.
Students, teachers and the librarian from St Paul's Community College, Waterford discuss how they integrated ICT into learning and teaching and how it has supported students across the full range of abilities in the school. A range of positive gains emerged for students, particularly relating to literacy, inclusion and differentiation. This case study emerged from the NCTE’s Laptops Initiative.
Students, teachers and parents from Causeway Comprehensive School, Co. Kerry discuss the use of laptops and ICT. Different models for using this mobile technology to support various learning and teaching needs are described, including its use for teaching English as a second language. This case study emerged from the NCTE’s Laptops Initiative.
Students and teachers from Wexford Community College, Westgate, Co. Wexford discuss how they exploited and managed the mobility of laptops to bring ICT use into many different subjects, such as Gaeilge, art and engineering. The use of ICT to produce student portfolios is highlighted. This case study emerged from the NCTE’s Laptops Initiative.