Getting a head start in new technologies

22nd June 2010

  • Pupils in inner city schools stage multi-media festival
  • ?working with computers can enhance creativity and improve concentration? according to DIT

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Pat Carey, TD, Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, with some of the pupils attending iFestival in the Central Library

An exhibition showcasing the highly innovative multi-media projects carried out by pupils in primary and secondary schools in Dublin's inner city opens tomorrow, Friday 11 June,  in the Central Library, Ilac Centre. It launched in the ILAC Centre by Pat Carey, TD, Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, and it will run until June 29th.

Entitled ?iFestival?, the exhibition showcases a high level of creativity and IT skills, and school children were present to demonstrate their grasp of new media technologies.  Some of the projects in the exhibition include comic making, animation, robotic lego, podcasting and computer gaming, as well as short story and family history projects carried out by the children.  Ian Roller, manager of the DISC project acted as MC for the official launch, at which each pupils from each participating school were presented with framed certificates.

During iFestival this year there will be a number of free short seminars on the educational benefits of using ICT in the classroom (Learning With Nintendo, Game Making With Microsoft Kodu, LEGO In Education) and an opportunity for classes to participate in LEGO workshops and meet children?s author Finbar O?Connor online. These can be booked online at www.ifestival.ie

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Pat Carey, TD, Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, with some of the pupils attending iFestival in the Central Library

The iFestival exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the work of school children participating in the DIT Dublin Inner-City Schools Computerisation programme (DISC). The 38 inner-city schools that participate in DISC were invited to submit projects for the exhibition and prizes will be awarded in various categories. The initiative encourages teachers to integrate information technology into the curriculum.  Not only do pupils gain an understanding and familiarity with the technologies, but it also enhances their school experience and makes learning fun.

According to Professor Tommy Cooke, DIT Community Links Programme, "Computers are a very powerful tool for learning. These innovative projects are enjoyable for the pupil but also help their academic and personal development. They encourage creative and logical thinking as well as the development of problem solving skills, and help build personal esteem.  They can also improve a pupil's attendance at school, concentration, behaviour and motivation to learn."

Visitors of all ages are invited to visit the exhibition, which will continue in the Central Library for the month of June.  

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