Two Co. Louth VEC staff members made presentations at the prestigious Maynooth Educational Technology Showcase (METS) last Thursday. The event is hosted annually by the School of Education in the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. The showcase gives students of the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education course the opportunity to learn from educators using technology successfully in their classrooms.
Julie Cullen, an English teacher in St. Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda, will present on her experiences of using class blogs to the trainee teachers. She will be showing how blogs can be used to increase engagement with learning and to expand the opportunities for learning for students. On the day, Julie will work with a group of trainee teachers to build their own class blog to take into schools after their graduation in the summer.
This year has seen the addition of a School Leadership event to run alongside the main showcase. School leaders and principals from around the country will attend a presentation looking at the deployment of tablet PCs in post-primary schools. John Heeney, Co. Louth VEC IT Project Manager, will be one of the four speakers on the expert panel for this leadership event. John will present on the tablet PC project in CLVEC, sharing the experience of the VEC schools in moving into this new area of education.
Co. Louth VEC is currently running two tablet PC projects in O’Fiaich College in Dundalk and in St. Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda. The next phase will see the deployment of more tablet PCs after Easter in Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer, Bush Post Primary School in Riverstown and in Coláiste Lú in Dundalk. By September 2013 all Co. Louth VEC post-primary schools will be operating tablet PC projects with students.