Abstracts CESI Conference 2003

Global Challenge Internet and French Mayo Lexia Project ICT and Maths
Digital Video Editing Tobar Tobar 2  
The Marine JC Technology Primay Science(Coalmining) SIP Project Work using OPUS
Electronic Portfolios Special Needs Dundalk Learning Network NCCA News
ICT & An Ghaeilge Powerpoint ICT & J.C. Science  


Keynote 1.The Global Challenge
The presentation will be in four parts :
1. Background to Dudley and the Grid for Learning ( the largest PFI project
in the UK Dudley/RM partnership worth £90 million )Shirley Hackett
2. The Role of Learning and ICT in the 21st Century - John Davies
3. The Dudley Challenges - Eric Tibble and JD
4. The Next Generation of Resources - Demo of remodelled , high - tech
resource developed in partnership with the DFES and Nesta - Futurelab.


The search to find the key to 21st century learning is well advanced.
Politicians, academics and educators across the world debate how best to
deliver learning for all. Research data  on the working of the human brain
is analysed and assessed and the potential of 21st century technologies to
impact on learning is evaluated. Understanding how the brain develops and grows,
how learners learn, and the role of new technologies is expected to change the
way that schools and other education centres manage and deliver learning as we
currently know it. The time has arrived for 21st century solutions to 21st
century problems in learning - where the journey in learning will never be
the same.
The Dudley Challenges were developed in collaboration with RMplc, (a
commercial resources collaborating with Dudley) to celebrate the millennium,
to focus on learning, to develop deeper thinking, and to exploit the
technology delivered through the Dudley Grid For Learning.

2.1 The Dudley Challenges

Dudley Challenge 2000 is based on a virtual balloon journey around the
world,visiting 10 of the World's great cultural centres - the location of each
touchdown point accessed by solving a range of problems that provide the
destination clues.

On safely reaching the cultural centre, teams are 'challenged' to capture
the essence of the location, its culture, heritage, traditions, history and
language. On route learners use a range of resources to prepare a travelogue
of their journeys and adventures. Learners also 'meet' a range of experts
and are encouraged to communicate with them using e-mail, snail-mail, fax and
other telecomunication resources. Finally each leg of the journey includes a
practical task which require teams to show creativity, imagination and

The next generation of resource is being created in partnership with DFES
and Nesta Futurelab - high tech makeover to move ICT generated learning onto a
new level.

Shirley Hackett , School Development Advisor with responsibility for ICT
Dudley LEA, has been closely involved with the Dudley Grid for Learning
(DGfL) project from the beginning, firstly as Head of Dudley Education Computer
Centre and latterly as School Development Advisor with special
responsibility for ICT. She has wide experience as a teacher and an Ofsted Inspection team member..
Shirley maintains a clear focus on the educational objectives of the
project.She is the lead School Development Advisor for the ICT component of the
Dudley LEA Education Development Plan and acts as the link between School ICT
Co-ordinator, the School Effectiveness Division and the DGfL Client Team.
Shirley is also lead officer on New Opportunities Funded ICT training for
teachers. Developing teaching and learning through the monitoring and
evaluation of, and feedback on, the impact of the project in the classroom,
along with curriculum development using ICT, is central to her role.

John Davies, Future Learning Team at the DGfL, joined the Dudley Grid for
Learning Team with a reputation for developing innovative approaches to
teaching and learning. He has considerable experience in successfully
managing the power and potential of ICT to enhance and accelerate learning.
John is also co-author of the Dudley Challenges which have received National
and International acclaim. As well as managing 'Challenge' development, John
also supports and advises schools on future learning issues, including
adopting and trialling ICT solutions in key curriculum areas. He is actively
involved in promoting Dudley as a 'champion league' learning community and
in encouraging schools to develop international learning networks.

Eric Tibble, Headteacher , Hurst Hill Primary School, Dudley LEA, is an
experienced headteacher who has been involved in the innovative use of ICT
in education for over 20 years. Eric's school has a reputation for pioneering a
number of local, national and international learning projects and resources.
Eric is co-author of the Dudley Challenges and has a visionary view of how
ICT should be used to support, enhance and accelerate learning. He has presented
at National and International conferences on the role of ICT in delivering
higher order thinking skills and collaborative learning. Eric is also
interested in developing international links and second language teaching in
the primary years. He is involved in a multinational project, Bilder, Words
and Suoni , exploring the potential of a range of technologies to support
trans, national shared learning experiences. Married with two children Eric
is  a keen tennis player and half-marathon runner.

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Ketnote2. Digital Video Editing

Technology for the Next Generation - How Digital Applications are
 enhancing the Learning Environment.
 Background to the presentation is as follows:
 Technology today is giving students more ways than ever before to
research, collaborate, communicate, express their ideas, and share what
 they've learned. Even children who may not be articulate in the written
word find new ways for effective communication with digital media
 technology and easy to use applications such as  iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes
 and iDVD.

I will present an overview of Apple's Education Strategy and
 demonstrate some practical implementations of how Apple's unique
 approach to this core market is delivering real benefits across first
 and second level schools in Ireland today.

 Brief Biography
 With over 20 years experience in the PC industry, Liam is Country
 Manager for Apple Sales Ireland. He is responsible for developing
 Apple's presence in Ireland across its three core market segments -
 Retail, Education and Creative Professional.
  From 1991-2002 and prior to (re) joining Apple in May 2002, Liam set up
 and ran his own PR consultancy business, specialising in the High Tech
 He graduated in 1982 from Bolton St., Institute of Technology with a
 B.Sc. in Engineering and has an M.B.A. from Fordham University, New

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3. Title of Presentation: “The Marine”

Presenter’s name: Joe Kelly

“The Marine” was St. Mary’s N.S. successful Schools Integration Project proposal. It involved classes third through sixth focusing on the school’s local marine environment. Classes studied all aspects of the marine from water safety to lobsters, tall ships to marine birdlife and much more. ICT was used throughout the study to investigate, explore, record and publish project material.

I teach at St. Mary’s National School, Waterford, a 21 teacher suburban primary school. I am a resource teacher for ICT and maths. I was co-coordinator of the school’s “Marine Project”

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4. Title of Presentation: Electronic Portfolio

Presenter’s name: Art Ó Súilleabháin

The Electronic Portfolio was a project established by the LCVP Support area a number in 1999. This project developed a method where LCVP students could submit their portfolio material for examination on CD ROM. It was piloted in 30 schools nationwide. It forecast an exciting method of delivering portfolio material. The project has not been expanded but it still remains a viable prospect for schools involved in portfolio development in LCVP, TY, PLCs and CSPE.

Art Ó Súilleabháin is presently seconded to the post of ICT Advisor to Mayo Education Centre. He is Principal of Carnacon National School in south west Mayo since 1979 and has been using computers in education since 1980. He holds an Honours M.Ed. in ICT from MIC Limerick.

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6. Title of Presentation:            Tóchar Pádraig, Tóchar Eolas IT

Presenter’s name:                  Gerry Ryder

Presentation of Hyperstudio project featuring the Tóchar Pádraig (Way of St. Patrick), an ancient pilgrim route to Croagh Patrick from Ballintubber Abbey.

The project involved the co-ordination of four classes to collect material and information on the subject. Text, pictures, music and video were put together.

Problems arose.  Finding solutions and pushing the envelope of our IT abilities led us along the Tóchar Eolas IT  (Way of IT Knowledge)

From Ballinrobe, Mayo. Teaching in Scoil Raifteirí, Castlebar. Experience with using computers in a Gaelscoil (website, Powerpoint, Hyperstudio, Publisher).  Tutor in Intel Teach to the Future.

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7. Title of Presentation:  The Internet and French Language Teaching

Presenter’s name: Jim Enright

this session proposes to look at the impact the Internet may have on the teaching and learning of modern languages.  It is proposed to look at some Websites, which teachers may find useful and also to talk about organising  electronic transnational projects and look at the benefits of same.

Background: BA in Maths and French UCD.Have taught both subjects in a Post Primary School 

MSC in Computer Applications DCU (1998)- has completed thesis on The Internet and Modern Language Teaching and Learning

Currently working as an ICT Advisor with Laois Education Centre
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9 Title of Presentation: Tobar.ie – Gaeilge language resources workshop

Presenter’s name: Seaghan Moriarty

"Is suíomh é seo atá dírithe ar bhunmhúinteoirí chun cabhair a thabhairt dóibh ábhar teagaisc a aimsiú, a chruthú agus tairbhe a bhaint as áiseanna nuatheicneolaiochta sa seomra ranga agus i gcúrsaí oideachais go ginearálta.

In this workshop, we will explore one of the Tobar classroom-based projects (participants will decide which), tour the resources available online and explore the Resource CD.

Seaghan Moriarty is a shared learning support teacher currently on career-break where he

manages Digilogue (www.digilogue.net) which specialises in online community development for the education sector. He is webmaster with the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, Tobar and the Irish Primary Principals Network.
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10.Title of Presentation: The use of ICT in the teaching of Junior Cert Technology

Presenter’s name: Jim Kelly

Technology was introduced as a subject to Junior Cert in 1990. Approaches to the teaching of Technology may be different to those of other subjects at secondary level. The integration of ICT has become a necessary rather than an optional part of this approach. Central to the teaching of this subject is the design and making of project tasks by the students.

A summary of the nature of the subject is presented. My personal experiences of using ICT in the technology classroom. A look at some of the actual projects and artifacts produced by students in technology class.

Jim Kelly is a  Science / Physics teacher in St Louis Secondary School Dun Lughaidh Dundalk. He used to teach Mathematics, but no longer. He was co-opted into Technology teaching in 1990 and has taught it ever since. He is  the ICT co-coordinator in the school and teaches a few ICT classes a week

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11. Title of Presentation:   ICT & Special Needs : Supports & Resources for Teachers at Primary Level
Presenter's Name:Ann Jackson

The presentation will take a factual look at what supports, advice and resources are currently available to teachers working with students with special needs at primary level.

The talk will consider the following

·        Information on technology for both the students and teachers

·        Advice on software selection

·        Assessment and training of students for technology

·        Funding and equipment entitlements

·        Support services

·        School & classroom policy and planning

·        Training and professional development of teachers

·        On-line resources and advice

·        Research / projects

Ann Jackson:Currently National Technology & Special Needs Advisor appointed by DOES and based in CRC, providing information and advice to teachers around the country. Also involved in delivering in-career training and lectures on post graduate courses for teachers.

Previously Teacher of special needs students for over 20 years.
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12. Title of Presentation: Powerpoint in the classroom

Presenter’s name: Eddie Guilmartin

Powerpoint is an application which teachers can utilise in many ways. Within the classroom its use can range from a presentation to poster composition.

This session will be twofold

- demonstrate the uses that powerpoint within the classroom on a cross curricular basis.

-         the hands on session will explore the development of a quiz using powerpoint.


A past Chairperson of CESI and member of the committee is a teacher in Templeogue College, Dublin. A part time lecturer with Trinity College Dublin his interest is in the subject area of multimedia.

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13. Title of Presentation: The Mayo Lexia Project

Presenter’s name: Art Ó Súilleabháin

The Mayo Lexia Project is an initiative developed through Mayo Education Centre ICT section to examine in detail the effect of a structured intervention in literacy using ICT. The product selected in this case was Lexia Software and over 100 pupils between 1st & 6th are now engaged in the process along with a control group of 60 pupils. The initial stage of the research is to be completed in May 2003.

Art Ó Súilleabháin is presently seconded to the post of ICT Advisor to Mayo Education Centre. He is Principal of Carnacon National School in south west Mayo since 1979 and has been using computers in education since 1980. He holds an Honours M.Ed. in ICT from MIC Limerick.

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14. Title of Presentation: Tobar.ie – online classroom resources

Presenter’s name: Seaghan Moriarty

"Is suíomh é seo atá dírithe ar bhunmhúinteoirí chun cabhair a thabhairt dóibh ábhar teagaisc a aimsiú, a chruthú agus tairbhe a bhaint as áiseanna nuatheicneolaiochta sa seomra ranga agus i gcúrsaí oideachais go ginearálta.

In this presentation, I will briefly outline the resources, software and classroom based projects available to teachers.

Seaghan Moriarty is a shared learning support teacher currently on career-break where he

manages Digilogue (www.digilogue.net) which specialises in online community development for the education sector. He is webmaster with the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, Tobar and the Irish Primary Principals Network.

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16. Title of Presentation: Coalmining in Castlecomer

Presenter’s name: Martin Fogarty

“Coalmining in Castlecomer” is a captivating and extensive Schools Integration Project undertaken by a three teacher rural school in County Kilkenny. The end product was a 224 page book, a Compact Disc and a Web Site which give a remarkably factual and astonishing account  of what was a most unusual and horrific way of life for a small community. The process by which the children of this small school collected their Scientific and Historical data and used I.T. to bring the information to the whole  World is a fine example of how Irish Primary Schools are leading the field in this modern approach to education. Through the website the pupils have got correspondence and congratulations beyond their wildest dreams. The number of people, who can now understand how and where  their forefathers lived and why they had to emigrate, is growing daily. “Coalmining in Castlecomer” has made it’s way into the living rooms and kitchens of homes as far away as Pennsylvania and New Zealand and for the children involved in the project it is a memory to be treasured forever.

Martin Fogarty is a Primary School Principal in a small rural school. He has been involved in I.T. for many years and has worked with the N.C.T.E. and the I.N.T.O. as a Tutor and Course designer. He has been involved in several I.T. projects and is the webmaster and designer of the Official Kilkenny G.A.A. website.He is also a member of the Culture Department,European Virtual School.

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17.Title of Presentation: Introduction to the Voyage200 (ICT in Maths)
Presenter's name: Paul Nugent

This workshop will act as an introduction to the TI Voyage200. This graphical calculator has been developed specifically for use in maths. It replaces the TI 92 and was released last August. It is preloaded with Geometers Sketch Pad-a dynamic geometry package.The has always been problems with using ICT in maths on PCs , cost of computers and data projector, access to computer room, PC skills have to be acquired etc. Hand held technology can provide a cheaper more accessible solution .

Paul Nugent has taught Maths Science Technology and Computers in Santa Sabina, Sutton for the last 8 years. He has used ICT in Science using hand-held technology (Data Logging ). And now is using Graphical Calculators in the teaching of Algebra and Geometry.

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19. Title of Presentation: Dundalk Learning Network & Wired for Learning

Presenter’s name: John Rust

Dundalk Learning Network is a Schools’ Integration Project. 17 schools are participating in this project. Wired for Learning is the main project focus.

WfL is an environment designed to enhance and facilitate dialogue and communications between all members of the school community, independent of time and place.

The project also focuses on the integration of ICT into the curriculum. A major success has been the creation of a multimedia resource CD by Transition Year students.

Graduated - St. Patrick’s College in 1977. Teaching in St. Malachy’s Boys’ School until seconded to the DLN SIP in December 1999.

Involved with ICT in education from an early stage. Delivered presentations at EU e-Learning Summit in Brussels and at World Education Market in Lisbon on our SIP.

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20. Title of Presentation: ICT in Junior Cert Science

Presenter’s name: Pat Seaver


Abstract:  JCE Science can lend itself to ICT in several ways.  Since time is always an issue with teachers, the talk will focus on shortcuts in producing one’s own resources, tailoring of existing material on the web and possible uses of data-logging equipment at Junior Cert Level.

:  Pat Seaver is a teacher of Junior Cert Science, ICT, Leaving Cert Physics and Chemistry in Pobalscoil Neasáin ( http:// www.psn.ie) since 1985.  He has been involved in some curricular and ICT projects during this time.
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21. Presentation:SIP- Using OPUS an authoring package for project Work in the Primary School
Presenter: Barth Harrington

Abstract: project work in the Primary school,ideal for the philosophy of the Revised Primary School Curriculum , using OPUS the new form of Illuminatus.

NCCA developments in ICT

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Sarah graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, with a B.Ed. in Primary School Education and began her teaching career in Scoil Barra Primary School, Ballincollig, Co. Cork. She later traveled to Maryland in the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in education at Frostburg State University. Following completion of her M.Ed., Sarah became a member of the Education Faculty at Mary Immaculate College where she lectured on both the B.Ed. and M.Ed. courses. In 1997, Sarah accepted a teaching position at Annunciation Catholic Academy, an IBM sponsored elementary (primary) and middle (lower secondary) school in Florida. She left this position to pursue doctoral studies in the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University. During her doctoral program, Sarah became an educational consultant for the Rockerfeller Foundation and Riverdeep Interactive Learning, in addition to teaching in the Colleges of Engineering and Education, and in primary and lower secondary schools in the U.S. and in Ireland. Before returning to Ireland, Sarah spent the past year as an Educational Technologies Research and Development Specialist at TERC, a non-for-profit educational organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sarah is now the Deputy Chief Executive, of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

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