Dr Richard Millwood
Shaping Tomorrow Today … Starting with Yesterday
This keynote will examine the role of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland by reflecting on the roots, shoots and re-boots that have been seen over the last forty five years in Ireland. The talk will also review the current impact made by CESI in the education scene of Ireland and speculate on some challenges to be faced in the near future. The talk is in three sections, ‘Where have we been?’, ‘What are we up to now?’ and ‘What next?’. The audience will be invited to take part in considering the challenges and debates; to do so they are requested, if they have a Microbit and batteries for it, to bring them along – some equipment will be available for people who do not have their own.
He is a PhD Candidate in SMARTlab, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University College Dublin. His research focuses on Inclusive Design and Intelligent Cloud – including AR/VR/MR applications for users with physical and learning challenges. His software on Computational Thinking education with kinaesthetic learning is used by thousands of researchers and educators worldwide to build gestural user interfaces for therapeutic games and interactive art.
Stephen first discovered CESI when his Head of Dept. in IT Tallaght suggested he present at the first ever TeachMeet in Ireland (organised by Mags Amond in 2009). Since then he has been privileged to participate at every CESICon, present at over a dozen TeachMeets and over 450 events, conferences, and seminars in 8 countries.
He is a native of Louth where he lives with @AileenH and their 2 girls and 2 boys.”
Capstone: “Shaping Tomorrow Today”
The choices about how and what we teach in a decade or more should not be made without your input. Right now, the key decision makers are deciding our future, and we need to influence them to ensure that our story is heard. Rather than drowning in data, we must visualise raw data and transform it to show insights. CESI is a unique community in Ireland with educators, industry practitioners and researchers from a multitude of disciplines and levels. If we view connections between CESI members as a network graph, we discover the links between us that could enable you to bridge a divide, introduce colleagues or suggest a collaboration. If we visualise the published data on schools, colleges, and students, insights continue to emerge. In this visual and interactive presentation, we’ll challenge assumptions about ourselves and the education system, and have some fun along the way.