There are many primary schools in Ireland with freshly installed green screens and several of them cite Cormac Cahill and the Maker Meet team at the annual ICT in Education Conference as inspiration for their successful use of green screens. During the 2019 “Ideas in Education” Conference, young Dylan uses a green screen when asking educators when they get their best ideas.
Dylan hopes teachers stop by the green screen standing at the end of Rang Bianca during the Ideas in Education Conference today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In preparation for a day-long workshop with Ireland’s Youth Media Team, I’ve pulled together some notes about the process we use when publishing online. As the 15 minute video on YouTube explains, we often spend a half hour bringing together all the content we need to create a blog post.
During the past five years, dozens of members on the Youth Media Team have contributed their ideas and offered suggestions to improve the production workflow. But one fact remains in clear focus–it takes time to draft, write, revise and publish a high quality written blog post. That fact is clear in the podcast I made about publishing.