Category Archives: Events

Musings about big events we’ve attended.

THE interview with THE Fred Boss of THE edchatIE!!!

Our group interviewed Fred Boss of #edchatIE. We went in with a wide range of Twitter usage, varying from none at all to daily. Sandra was under the illusion that Twitter was another Facebook, however, under the guidance of Fred she is now convinced that Twitter will help her with ALL her problems! John set up his Twitter account last night, and stumbled through the process, but feels that, with Fred’s input, he is more confident and sees it as a useful tool in the classroom. Róisín and Rachel were already familiar with Twitter, edchatIE and indeed, Fred. We learned about the origins of edchat, which began in the US, spread to the UK and now has been active in Ireland for four and a half years. We learned how Google forms play a central role in the democratic selection of topics to be discussed. Hootsuite is used to remind followers that the discussion is about to begin, and Chirpstory is used to collate the tweets, which Fred then turns into a PDF for future reference for all participants. Fred told us Twitter can be a really useful tool within the classroom as a class account can be set up and used to stimulate discussion on the topic being studied. He cautioned that the schools AUP would need to be consulted before such use in the classroom. Tweetdeck which is found within Google Chrome Apps, allows the teacher to keep tabs on multiple classes and topics at the same time. Completing the interview, he directed us to the website www.cybraryman.com where we can see the many education-related hashtags that are in use internationally. Why not check out our interview with Fred for all of this and more! Thanks Fred!


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Interview with Bianca Ní Ghrógaín and Susan nic Reamoin

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Here we interviewed Bianca Ní Ghrógaín and Susan nic Reamoin from Dublin City University.They are primary school teachers who are interested in using technology in the classroom.We talked about thier use of technology at home and at school we also talked about thier one wish for technology in school.They were very enthusiastic and happy to answer all of our questions.

Anna and Amy
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:

Caitlin
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.

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.

Youth Media Team
Caitlin and Jack

Interview with C.B.S Principal Tiernan O’Donnell

Here Chris and Finn caught up with their school principal Tiernan O’Donnell from C.B.S Thurles.They talked to him about the schools recent intergration of iPads and Apple T.V’s and how it gave teachers the ability to have an easy flow of learning in the classroom.They also talked to him about the schools recent Harty Cup win and also their achievement of reaching the Masita All-ireland schools final.

Youth Media Team
Chris and Finn.

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

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