School readiness to teach the Leaving Certificate Computer Science curriculum: Lessons learned from the Senior Cycle Physical Education framework and the Phyz app

Presented by: Antonio Calderon and Deborah Tannehill

In an attempt to ensure schools and teachers are indeed ready to engage in the enactment of the new Senior Cycle Physical Education (SCPE) framework supported by the Phyz app, we have developed a set of guiding principles. These principles could potentially be transferred to the enactment of the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science curriculum (LCCS). In this presentation, we aim to present those principles with the CESI community to stimulate discussion. The successful implementation of the SCPE framework (and potentially of the LCCS) will be enhanced by the strength of commitment from stakeholders in line with the mentioned principles: (1) Mindset change; (2) Support; (3) Whole school endeavour; and (4) Partnership. A readiness to engage agreement will be presented.

Presenter Biography:

Antonio Calderon’s main research and teaching interests revolve around physical education teacher education, social media and digital technology for learning. He is the 2017 winner of the Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. The awarded innovation was focused on preparing pre-service teachers for the inclusive classroom in a digital era. He also has an active collaboration with the Department of Education in Ireland supporting teachers to develop a meaningful integration of digital technology in teaching and learning.

Deborah Tannehill is an Emeritus Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. She was a teaching faculty member of the department from 2005-2013 and was co-director of the PE PAYS Research Centre at the University of Limerick. Deborah’s research interests are in the areas of teaching, research and professional service related to teaching and teacher education in physical education.