Short courses on ICT in Junior Cycle – Possibilities abú!

Presented by: Anne White

Short courses are an important part of the curriculum and assessment developments associated with theFramework for Junior Cycle and present great opportunities for exploring different areas of learning with ICT. While NCCA is developing a small number of short courses, schools will also be encouraged to develop their own short courses. NCCA has developed a template and guidelines to assist schools in this work. Short courses give schools the opportunity, through curriculum and assessment development, to connect to their communities, to consolidate and strengthen aspects of student learning, and to include new learning experiences and digital technology in junior cycle programmes. Some of the short courses being developed by the NCCA are in the area of coding and digital media and this presentation will look at the development of these courses.

Presenter Biography:

Anne White is an Education Officer with the NCCA, working on ICT in curriculum and assessment at primary and post-primary level. Anne was the National Coordinator for Digital Content and ICT in the Curriculum with the NCTE until September 2011. She is a primary teacher currently on secondment from St.Oliver Plunkett N.S.,Malahide, Co. Dublin. She has developed and delivered many ICT related professional development workshops for principals and teachers and has been at the forefront of many innovative digital content initiatives for the Irish curriculum, including FÍS. Anne has a special interest in the area of digital media in the curriculum, in particular its expression in the visual arts and music. She believes that the practical but creative exploration of digital media in the curriculum presents enormous opportunities for learners and is committed to the idea that teachers must find ways to ensure that children have regular access to digital media tools given the immense potential for their creativity and imagination. Before teaching in Ireland, Anne held the position of ICT Coordinator in Marymount International School in Paris where she led the development of an integrated approach to ICT in learning and teaching. Anne has worked with the Namibian Ministry of Education in the development of their ICT policy in education and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally. She has an MA in Media, Culture and Communication with the Institute of Education, London and also holds a degree in Computer Applications from DCU. Anne can be found on Twitter at @AinedeFaoite