Our school recently received free online support and ICT resources from the company Edanu. Our teachers are using the website Cocoon resources to help develop the ICT skills of the children in our classes, and the skills of our teachers too! From Junior Infants up to First Class, the children have been engaging in various coding and digital storytelling activities. The lessons have made it really easy for teachers to lead the lessons in a very engaging and structured way. The teachers have commented on the “great scope for learning” which each lesson brings to the topic at hand. The children really enjoy using the apps and programs recommended and supported by Cocoon, and the excitement is palpable when they know it’s time to log on and move forward to the next step! We have seen a real shift from the teachers being the “Sage on the Stage” to the teachers being the “Guide on the Side” when it comes to computer time in particular! The children themselves are now teaching each other and they are learning from each other as they collaborate and problem solve through the use of these apps and programs. Even in Junior Infants, the children have been sharing their knowledge with each other – this shows just how powerful ICT can be in education! The lessons from Cocoon have really benefited our teachers and children as they have streamlined the process and given us all a new impetus to embed ICT in our daily teaching and learning. Teachers must embrace the use of ICT in teaching, learning and assessment because technology has the power...
“Digital Schools of Distinction is a flagship programme which aims to promote, recognise and encourage excellence in the use of technology in primary schools.” http://www.digitalschools.ie/ Scoil Chlíodhna CNS is a learning community where children’s learning is paramount, and in which staff, parents and community members also share in that learning in ways that are stimulating and appropriate to their needs in the 21st Century. As part of this commitment to our children, all children engage in our whole-school spiral curriculum in ICT (Information and Communications Technology), which will equip them with the key 21st Century ICT skills required to thrive in today’s world. The apps we choose for our children focus mainly on content creation, whereby the children create and develop their own digital projects, games, and stories etc. The children are encouraged to work collaboratively by communicating together in the creation of their digital projects, and by problem solving together. The children’s own creative skills and digital literacy skills are enhanced and the children are constantly empowered to challenge themselves in the area of ICT. In recognition of the hugely important role which ICT plays in education today, our school was registered as part of the Digital Schools of Distinction program (2017 – 2018) and we were delighted to be given this prestigious award in June of 2018. Well done to everyone...
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Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Carrigtwohill School Campus Planning Permission Granted – David Stanton
Cork County Council has granted planning permission for the development of the Carrigtwohill School Campus, according to Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton.
Cork County Council has confirmed that, subject to certain conditions, planning permission has been granted for the development of three new school facilities at a greenfield site in Carrigtwohill. The project includes the construction of new and permanent accommodation for two primary schools, Scoil Mhuire Naofa and Scoil Chliodhna and one post-primary school, Carrigtwohill Community College.
The new development will consist of three schools with modern state of the art educational facilities. It will include two new 24 classroom primary schools for Scoil Mhuire Naofa and Scoil Chliodhna and one post-primary facility for Carrigtwohill Community College which will allow the school to expand to up to 1000 students. The development also forms part of a larger school building and modernisation programme being carried out by the Government at national level which receives capital funding by the Department of Education and Skills.
Following confirmation of the approval, David Stanton said: “I am very pleased that the long-awaited planning permission has been approved by Cork County Council, subject to certain conditions. The development of this campus is essential in assuring that Carrigtwohill’s educational needs are met both now and in the future. There is a considerable need for school accommodation in Carrigtwohill given that Scoil Chliodhna and Carrigtwohill Community College are currently operating from temporary premises and Scoil Mhuire Naofa is reliant upon temporary classrooms as its permanent accommodation is no longer large enough to meet demand.
“I acknowledge that students, parents and teachers alike have been anxious to see this project progress and have understandably been concerned at some of the delays experienced during the process. However, the decision by Cork County Council to grant planning permission is an important step in the development of the campus and one which I am certain will be welcomed by the local community. Despite the current restrictions I would hope that the process would run smoothly from here and I would expect that the Department of Education and Skills will begin to progress the tendering and construction process in due course”, concluded Minister Stanton.
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