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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Interview with John Hartnett

Aoibheann, Emma, Denis and Roisin interviewed John Hartnett the founder and president of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITGL) at the ITGL Young Innovators event in Shannon Airport. John told us about why he founded ITGL and the work that he does. He also spoke about how important events like today are, as now young people don’t have to wait until their 20s or 30s to be an entrepreneur. John’s advice to us as young people was to follow our passions and to think outside the box when looking for solutions to problems.

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Interview with Gavin Duffy and Barry O’Sullivan

Aoibheann, Emma, Denis and Roisin interviewed the two male Dragons, Gavin Duffy and Barry O’Sullivan from Dragons Den at the ITLG Young Innovators event. Gavin and Barry told us about their background and what it’s like being a dragon. Gavin and Barry also spoke about how learning about businesses and entrepreneurship from a young age can be hugely beneficial. They were surprised we asked about the gender balance in the Den because for them it’s all about good ideas and competitiveness.

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Interview with Eleanor McEvoy, Chanelle McCoy and Alison Cowzer

Emma, Aoibheann, Denis and Roisin interviewed the three female dragons, Eleanor McEvoy, Chanelle McCoy and Alison Cowzer from Dragons Den at the ITLG Young Innovators event. The ladies told us about their background and how it feels to be called a dragon. All of them were very passionate about young people in business and how events like today are so important for them to learn more and get inspired from the generation of the future. They also felt that gender balance is key and that they were looking forward to a future where ‘its the norm’ for women to be behind successful businesses.

Emma, Aoibheann, Denis and Roisin

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