Using ICT to Transform Education in Scoil Chlíodhna CNS!

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 Award

“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...