PRESS RELEASE: CESI welcomes Computer Science at Leaving Certificate

MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CESI WELCOMES COMPUTER SCIENCE AT LEAVING CERTIFICATE

CESI, the Computers in Education Society of Ireland, welcomes the intended introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject and we support Minister Richard Bruton’s aim to have Computer Science as an option for Leaving Certificate students by 2018.

CESI has accepted an invitation from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to participate in a partnership approach to this curriculum development.

CESI is the professional network for teachers at all levels of education in Ireland concerned with good practice in teaching and learning with computers in education.

CESI has been promoting the appropriate use of ICT in education for over forty years. Our members have been integrating technology into teaching and learning in innovative and creative ways, voluntarily sharing their experiences of good practice through workshops, conferences and a proactive online community.

Adrienne Webb, chair of CESI, explains:
“In 1973, education with computers meant teaching programming. As the computer began to be used in the teaching and learning of all subjects, CESI’s members began evaluating how technology and education best work together in practice. CESI sees the recent return of a focus on computer science as both an opportunity to develop the use of computational thinking across all subjects as well as the development of a new subject in its own right.”

CESI sees as a critical priority the need for appropriate and sustainable teacher education which will be vital to making a success of this initiative, and CESI looks forward to playing its part. CESI members will gather for its annual conference on March 4th and this topic will be discussed in depth.

CONTACT FOR THIS RELEASE AND FURTHER INFORMATION & IMAGES:

Adrienne Webb – chair@cesi.ie

Web site for CESI: www.cesi.ie/ More information about CESI: www.cesi.ie/about-cesi
CESI conference 2017: www.cesi.ie/conferences/conference-2017

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