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.
Ben and Ezra spoke to Muireann O’Sullivan about her research into the use of Minecraft to engage gifted students. Muireann shared her thoughts on how Minecraft can be used to challenge students and to give them an influence over their own learning environments. Puzzle Rooms provide opportunities for lateral thinking and problem solving and provide an engaging environment for learning.
Elena and Amy interviewed Kate Delaney, founder of Make Create Innovate, who held a workshop at CESICon. Kate is passionate about providing an opportunity about maker education. During the workshop Kate encouraged groups to build their own instruments using crafts and to connect them to computers to add sound.