Lights! Cameras! iPods! Action!

Presented by: Anne McMorrough & Pádraig Ó Dubhaigh

Today’s students are surrounded and influenced by the toys and tools of the digital age (Prensky). In particular, mobile technologies are an increasingly vital part of their world where they connect, create and communicate with ease. In more formal settings, such technologies also represent huge potential for addressing change and meeting the demands of the 21st Century. Effectively using these technologies to support and enhance learning is often regarded as a challenge in school settings for reasons that range from curricular objectives to infrastructure. One way we addressed this issue is through the process of movie-making because we believed it could challenge our students to think and learn in different ways, as well as enable them to work collaboratively to create something unique and interesting. This interactive workshop aims to give you an opportunity to share our experience! First we will briefly present the contexts of our work and then we will guide you through the simple steps of movie-making, enabling you to explore for yourself the power and potential of an iPod and some simple apps in action!

Presenter Biography:

Anne McMorrough is a primary school teacher currently seconded to Marino Institute of Education where she is lecturing in ICT. In 2009, she completed a Masters in Education at the School of Education, UCD. The focus of her dissertation explored the creative and innovative use of digital technologies within a primary class setting. She is an Ambassador for eTwinning and a member of the National Executive of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland, (CESI). In 2010, she began her doctoral studies at the School of Education, UCD under the supervision of Conor Galvin, PhD.

Pádraig Ó Dubhaigh is a secondary school teacher in Dingle, Co. Kerry. After spending 2 years in France, where he completed a Maitrise-ès-Lettres from Université de Rouen, he lectured French in DIT and IT Carlow. He then spent 10 years teaching in Dublin where he was also ICT Coordinator. He is passionate about the creative use of technology to aid teaching and learning. A Google Certified Teacher, he has set up and maintained numerous Google Apps for Education domains over the past 5 years. He spent the 1st term of this year experimenting with the use of mobile devices (iPod Touch) in his classes and those of his colleagues. An active member of the CESI National Executive for the past 6 years, he was involved in the organisation of national conferences in Dublin as well as a local CESImeet event in Dingle.