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Project Showcase at the Leargas Forum

 

imageOne of the regular highlights of the Leargas Forum is the Project Showcase. This year, 14 projects in all were presented on work in progress or recently completed. These included some very detailed displays and demos.
Below is a quick walk-through of this part of the event. The Leargas project showcase gave a good insight into how groups and communities benefit from European supports. Here is a flavour of some of the projects showcasing on the day:

What’s Cooking in Europe?

This group from Our Lady of Fatima school in Wexford has an exciting cookbook of tradititional receipes from a number of European countries. The cookbook is the result of their Erasmus Plus partnership with France, Italy, Germany and Turkey and is planned to help everyone read the book with pictures and simple clear instructions. A great multicultural idea! Bon Appétit Our Lady Of Fatima!

Continuing on the food theme…..

Blanchardstown Common Training Centre: Fight the Beast Don’t Become Obese

The Blanchardstown Common Training Centre were demonstrating some of the recipes from their cookbook ‘Fight the beast, don’t become obese’ . In their project they worked in partnership with groups from Latvia and Malta. Their project has two aims -Firstly, to help young people understand food labels and nutritional value of food and secondly to develop cooking skills using fresh, local healthy ingredients…. Happy cooking everyone !

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And now to the great outdoors…..

Low Tech, High Activity

Involve Youth set up this Youth Exchange project which aimed to look at how reliant we are on our phones, technology and social media. They formed a partnership with a group in Italy and focused on building social skills through outdoor activities. A lot of fun was had by everyone on the project and it was an opportunity to meet others and make new friends.

The student voice …

National Youth Council : #Young Voices

The National Youth Council told us all about the work they are doing with young people to give young people a voice in making Europe more inclusive and how to encourage young people to connect with each other to promote this inclusion. The NYC are working with countries across Europe for this project and recently held a think-in for young people in Dublin.

Supporting education in and out of school…..

EDGE: Limerick Clare ETB

The EDGE project is an Erasmus+ strategic partnership comprising of adult and further education providers in Ireland, Austria, Portugal, Greece and Wales. The EDGE Project aims to develop innovative approaches (career guidance, learner engagement strategies, self-evaluation tools, e-learning resources) in the provision of employability skills development.

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And something from Leargas themselves…

EURODESK- for all things European 

http://www.eurodesk.ie/ is run by Leargas to provide free information on opportunities-such as travelling, working, studying and volunteering in Europe–for young people aged 13 – 30. You can check out any of the sections that you’re interested in (for example volunteering) but if there is information that you can’t find there, you can  get in contact with your local information point and they will help. Eurodesk is also part of a large network of European Eurodesk points, with over 1,200 offices throughout Europe, with headquarters in Brussels. You can check out the European-wide Eurodesk website: www.eurodesk.eu. Good to know!

 

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Interview with Steve and Susanne.

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Caitlin interviewed Steve and Susanne from Aerial Filming Ireland at the Digital Youth Council’s review and planning meeting. They told us about how they became involved in drones and what they spoke to the Digital Youth Council members about. Suzanne also told us a bit about their new project Sky Tango.

Click the link below to listen to the interview

https://audioboom.com/boos/3756762-interview-with-steve-and-susanne.mp3

Caitlin

Youth Media Team.

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN HOWELL

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Roisin and Chris interviewed Stephen Howell from Microsoft. He told us about how he thinks people should be able to create things on computers. He also spoke about the importance of CoderDojo and what he spoke about in his workshop. He gave a workshop presentation on how to use Scratch with Xbox Kinect.

Roisin and Chris,

Youth Media Team.

Caitlin’s Interview with Paul Hopkins

Caitlin interviewed one of today’s keynote speakers Paul Hopkins. Paul is a visually-impaired creative with the voice behind @vipodcasting on several social audio channels,know’s it’s better to “make your takeaways inclusive by design” , the title of his keynote.
Paul and Caitlin talked about the importance of braille in education and in everyday life. We also spoke about the conference today, #ictedu and how his keynote went.

Here is a link to the interview: https://audioboom.com/boos/3120529-interview-with-paul-hopkins

Caitlin
YMT

AMY AND ANNA’S INTERVIEW WITH RACHAEL COOKE

Today we interviewed Rachael Cooke .She has been drawing pictures on her tablet and laptop to capture the atmosphere at the conference today, #ICTEDU. We talked to her about why she likes technology ,what she uses it for and why she is here today.She was very enthusiastic to talk to us and answered all of our questions.

Click here to listen to our interview with Rachael  Cooke:  https://audioboom.com/boos/3120433-interview-with-rachael-cooke

Amy and Anna

YMT

 

Caitlin and Christopher’s interview with Dr. Steve Bunce

Caitlin and Christopher interviewed Dr. Steve Bunce.
Dr Steve Bunce is an experienced teacher and has taught in primary, middle and secondary schools and covered many roles including ICT co-ordinator, head of year and senior leader. Developing teaching and learning in schools is the focus of Steve’s work and he now advises teachers in computing and using iPads to impact upon learning.
We talked about his involvement with with Makey-Makey and why he is in attendance at ICTedu today.He told us how he is enjoying todays conference and how learning from other teachers is one of his highlights.

Here is a link to the interview: https://audioboom.com/boos/3120306-interview-with-dr-steve-bunce

Caitlin and Christopher
YMT

Jack and Caitlin’s interview with Paschal Meehan.

Caitlin and Jack interviewed Paschal Meehan.Paschal is Head of Faculty of Applied Science,Engineering & Technology(ASET) at LIT and a member of the Governing Council of the Institute. He was at ICTedu to help launch the conference and very kindly took time-out to speak to us on the YMT.

We talked to Paschal about how he uses technology and how important programming is in schools. According to Paschal it should be a subject of its own and every teacher should be familiar with it. Paschal is enjoying all the stands and key note speakers.

Here’s a link to the audio : https://audioboom.com/boos/3120272-paschal-meehan-s-interview-with-caitlin-and-jack

Youth Media Team
Caitlin and Jack

YMT at #ictedu 2015

The youth media team are here at #ictedu for the third year on the trot! This year the group consists of Caitlin, Chris, Finn and Jack. This year the theme is ‘Make’, ‘Bake’, ‘Take’, encoraging attendes to make something, baking the ideas in their ideas in their heads and then taking ideas the others to share and converse. Over the day we’ll be tweeting, blog posting, interviewing and everything inbetween, catching up with everyone here at the conference, STAY TUNED!!

Youth Media Team

Photo : @sgpdst