Interview with Sean Gallagher

Jack and Amy interviewed Sean Gallagher at the CESI conference. Sean spoke about how his role as both teacher and principal in a primary school and Deputy Director of the PDST has informed his practice. He also spoke passionately about how digital technologies can be integrated across all subjects in the curriculum. Liston the interview to hear about the school’s escapades with a sparrow hawk …

Finally Sean shared his thoughts on the themes of creativity, collaboration and practice fro today’s conference.

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Interview with John Hegarty

Jack and Cara interviewed John Hegarty at the CESI Conference. John spoke about his workshop today incorporating microblocks, micro:bits and buggies. He also shared his experience as a teacher in the pilot for Computer Science at Leaving Certificate.

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Interview with Richard Millwood

Amy and Denis interviewed Richard Millwood at the CESI confernce. Richard spoke about mental models and they can be used to solve problems and to predict the outcomes of solutions to those problems. He then shared his thoughts on the broader concept of computational thinking.

Richard is currently facilitating CESI Computer Science Community of Practice workshops which you can check out here.

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Interview with Conor, Thomas and Una from the JCT Coding in Action team

Jack and Cara interviewed Conor Power, Thomas Boyle and Una Fleming from the JCT Coding in Action team. Conor spoke about the National event which they held yesterday which was both a CPD day for Teachers involved in the first phase of the Short Course in Coding and also a celebration of the end of the the phase. Phase 2 is now open for applications and schools can apply. Conor and Thomas shared what their schools are doing from a coding perspective and Una spoke about how research from phase 1 will inform the CPD offerings for Phase 2.

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Interview with John Heffernan

Denis and Jack interviewed John Heffernan. John has come back from working in Albemarle in Charlottesville. John shared the differences between classrooms here in Ireland and those in the United States. He spoke about the broad diversity to be found in schools in America and how that impacts that has in the classroom.

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Mags Amond on Creativity and Collaborative Communities

In her keynote presentation Mags Amond spoke passionately  about “Creativity, Collaboration and Practice” which are the main themes of the conference.   She shared many examples of creativity as well as the importance of collaboration and why teachers need to think about their practice.  A central theme of the presentation was the idea of community and the people who support us and challenge us to reflect on our practice.  We touched on all of these topics in our interview with Mags.

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Barbara Hegarty and the passion in coding

Denis and Cara interviewed Barbara Hegarty at the CESI Conference.  Barbara is the National Co-Ordinator for CoderDojo Ireland.    In our interview Barbara told us about CoderDojo and also about her role in CoderDojo Ireland.


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Interview with Craig Dwyer

Amy and Cara interviewed Craig Dwyer at the Media Literacy Ireland Autumn Conference. Craig told us about himself and his involvement in the Transparent Referendum initiative. Craig also shared his thoughts on how to make informed choices online and what kinds of media literacy we should be looking for. He described himself as a tech activist while also being a tech optimist and explained what he meant.

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Interview with Peter Feeney

Cara and Roisin interviewed Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney at the Media Literacy Ireland Autumn Conference. Peter told us about his role and responsibilities as Ombudsman. He also shared his thoughts on importance of events like this conference.

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