CESI stands for the Computers in Education Society of Ireland. It was founded in 1973 and has continued to adapt and move forward in a speedily changing landscape. Technology has enabled the society overcome the twin barriers to participation (distance and time) and facilitated the development of a strong community online.
Who is it for?
Anyone with an interest in the potential of technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience for all involved in education.
How does it work?
CESI maintains and active presence in a number of ways:
CESI Mailing List
Through the CESI Mailing List the community of educators
- shares insights, techniques, pearls of wisdom, information
- teaches one another
- poses questions and provides answers
- resolves problems
The conference is the highlight of the activities of CESI each year. It provides a welcome opportunity for those who have been communicating on line to have face to face time. There is a mix between presentations and workshops where practitioners have the opportunity to share with one another in a practical way. You can view the details of many previous conferences in the conference section of this website. Live streaming of the keynote and capstone presentations has occurred more frequently as bandwidth has increased. You can view some of these presentations on the CESI YouTube channel and see pictures from previous conferences on the CESI Flickr page.
TeachMeet CESI (TMcesi)
Normally held on a Friday evening in a semi-social location, they offer a relaxed interactive environment where sharing and learning occurs. The format involves multiple three minute and several five minute presentations with some fifteen minute ‘soap boxing’. Live streaming and Twitter feeds keep those unable to attend in the loop. To date they have taken place in Dublin, Dingle, Dundalk, Galway, Portlaoise, Thurles.
The CESI website (http://www.cesi.ie) is one of the focal points of CESI. Here you will find
- information about the association and its members
- regular DigiTeach Blog posts related to all things ed-tech
- details of upcoming CESI events (such as conferences and TMcesi events) and reports from previous ones
- images and videos from CESI events
- links to events, initiatives and projects associated with the use of technology in education
and much more. Bookmark the CESI website and visit regularly to keep up-to-date with what is happening in the world of educational technology.
CESI Flickr Page
You can view pictures from CESI events on the CESI Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cesipics
CESI YouTube Channel
You can view videos from CESI events on tthe CESI YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CESIvideos
CESI Twitter (@cesitweets)
Follow us on Twitter at @cesitweets for regular updates from CESI
Friend us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cesi.ireland
Currently CESI is piloting a research project looking at the impact of a class set of iPods on teaching and learning in first, second and PLC situations. The findings will be published.