Tag Archives: #WeAreExcited

Interview with Professor Brian MacCraith

Anna and Roisin interviewed DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith at #WeAreExcited. Brian spoke to us about how he chaired the review of STEM education in Ireland the results of which were published last November by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton. He also spoke about being involved in competitions such as CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects and SciFest. He left us with some tips for teenagers in the online space.

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Interview with Ciaran Cannon, Bernard Kirk and Frank Walsh

Roisin and Anna spoke to Ciaran Cannon TD, Bernard Kirk, Director of the Galway Education Centre and Frank Walsh, Director of the Athlone Education Centre at the Excited Digital Learning Festival. They originally came up with the ideabehind the Festival and shared their thoughts with us on the inspiration behind it, how it has eveolved and how they hope to develop it in the future.

It turns out that we are the first people to get an interview with all three of them together 🙂

Roisin and Anna
Youth Media Team

Interview with Mark Finlay

Anna and Rosin interviewed Mark Finlay at #WeAreExcited today. Mark Finlay spoke about the workshop he was presenting about ongoing assessment using digital tools. He talked about making the classroom more interactive and involving more children into game based education. He also talked about having online folders could benefit children so they could show their work at home to family and friends easily by taking a photo and uploading it, as opposed to having a class folder. Mark also spoke about the importance of events like Excited.

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Youth Media Team

Interview with Roy Mitchell

Roy Mitchell was at the Excited event in Dublin. He is a primary school teacher in Sligo. He gave a workshop on Embedding ICT in the classroom. The reason Roy was here today was to help teachers get online tools and resources, for example world book and schoolnet.ie are encyclopaedias online for children. They are a safe and reliable source of information for kids all around the country. He believed these events are very important for the teachers to come and learn new skills so that they can then pass them onto the children in the classroom.

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Youth Media Team

Interview with Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Anna and Roisin interviewed Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications , Climate Action and Environment at #WeAreExcited. He spoke about the importance of events like Excited and the different opportunities young people now have online. He also spoke about how rapidly the internet is spreading and that by 2020 there will be 50 billion items connected to the internet. Denis Naughten also spoke about how important it is to find a balance between face to face communication and online communication.

Click below to listen to our interview,

Anna and Roisin
Youth Media Team