We have been working hard on developing Information Communication Technology over the last four years school years and we have been recognised as a Digital Schools of Distinction by the Department of Education. ICT offers exciting opportunities in teaching and learning and we feel a small school like ours is ideally placed to take advance of these exciting opportunities.
Each classroom is equipped with an Interactive whiteboard, teachers laptop and there are seven PCs in use between the two schools. In additional we use a digital camera, smart phone, visualizer and Easi-speak micro phone. In both classrooms we have introduced a lot of digital resources in each curricular level as well and our new school website and Twitter account are not only school information portal but an important resource the children use in their learning with strong curricular links to most our lessons. Parents have been encouraged to read and give feedback on school policies we are working on via the school website also. The wider community is enjoying our website too following a twenty five year reunion in 2012 we have added lots of old photographs that were collected for the event.
Below a summary chart with our ICT developments over that period include
|ScratchDevelopment of school blog/websiteTwitter school accountSeachtain na Gaeilge tweeting and blogging with other schools & Fis an Lae on YouTube
Skype calls to Dublin school and an animation company
FIS overall winners 2013 and best animation winners 2014
Tech week 2015 participants
Cyber bullying poster completion #UP2US 2014
Show Racism the Red Card Posters 2015 twitter campaign
Travel blog – followed a backpacker around the world over 6th month
Flat Jim Twitter national travel program
Mathletes from Khan Academy the last two school years.
|Jolly PhonicsBua na Cainte entire infant Gaeilge curriculum with text, images, video, rhymes, songs and interactive activities yearly subscription (ed-co publishers).
Daydream technology, interactive Maths & Science posters with quizzes and fun activities.
Science Fusion entire science curriculum with text, images, video and interactive activities, yearly subscription (folens publishers).
Planet Maths website 1st to 6th class weekly links of interactive activities and videos on school website.
Bun go Barr interactive weekly online activities 1st to 6th class links on blog.
History & Geography Quest various website links on each topic added to school website (senior room) .
English CD-ROMs such as Lexia used to support SEN pupils .
Maths CD-ROM s such maths invaders used to support SEN pupils.
The entire spelling programme has been changed to the Prim Ed My Spelling Workbook series as they have an excellent CD-ROM or downloadable game to support the book.
|6 PCs4 laptopsCanon 500 cameraEasi-Speak microphone
Imac on loan for 1year from Mayo Education Centre in 2013 & 2014
2 ipads September 2015