Thursday, 11 January 2018

Get Ready for Safer Internet Day 2018

Online Safety Symposium at Google

Join the Online Safety Symposium at Google on Monday, 29 January 2018 at 3:00 pm. 
Organised by Google's Trust & Safety Team, this event for educators, is an opportunity to learn about resources and tools that can help you integrate digital citizenship and on-line safety in the classroom. 

Google, in association with NAPD and Webwise, would like to offer schools the chance to attend this beneficial event ahead of Internet Safety Day 2018.

Please sign up to secure a spot. Registration is on a 'first come, first served' basis. 

This invitation is open to NAPD Member schools only.

Click Here to register

Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. The Theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 6th. Over 70,000 young people across Ireland joined the celebrations this year. Take a look at some of the highlights from Safer Internet Day 2017 here.

ICT CPD Event - Clock Tower, DES, Dublin

Enriching Learning with ICT - Maximising the potential of the Digital Strategy
NAPD held a special CPD in ICT showcase event in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin on Friday, 17 November 2017.
This event brought together the main technology companies, Apple, Google and Microsoft, along with several reseller companies that work in Ireland to support schools with their ICT needs.
The theme of the event focused on the various Continuous Professional Development models each of the technology companies have developed to make available to schools.

The format of the event involved a ten minute presentation from PDST in Technology, Microsoft, Google and Apple.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD addressed attendees on the Department of Education and Skills’s commitment to investing in ICT.  The Minister was very impressed with the various speakers who presented on the supports they provide to schools in training teachers on how they can enhance learning with technology. 

Event Speakers

Madeleine Murray - PDST Technology in Education
Madeleine Murray is National Coordinator with specific responsibility for Online CPD Design and the Production of Good Practice Videos.  Last year, PDST and NAPD, hosted a one day conference for school leaders in the COnvention Centre.  Over 380 principals and deputy principals attended this event which was a huge success.
PDST Technology in Education (formerly NCTE) is part of the Professional Development Service for Teachers.  As well as managing the Scoilnet, Webwise and Infrastructure services to schools, PDST TiE provides online and face to face professional development to teachers on the embedding of digital technologies in teaching and learning. 
Steven Duggan
Steven Duggan is Director of Global Education Partnerships at Microsoft Corporation. A former secondary school teacher, Steven has worked in education for more than 30 years and has a passionate interest in teaching and learning and in the ways in which technology can transform student outcomes, with a particular interest in the needs of underserved communities. A member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) his views on education have featured in press and radio and in a variety of publications.
Eoghan Keegan
Eoghan Keegan is Camara's Schools and Community Programme Coordinator. Previously a teacher, Eoghan has subsequently worked as a professional development coordinator in the area of ICT in education in both Perth and London. Eoghan has also recently completed an MA in Education Technology from the University of London.
Seán Ó Grádaigh
With a background in second-level teaching and educational technologies, Seán is currently employed as a Lecturer in Teacher Education in the School of Education, NUI Galway.
Seán developed and coordinated the first fully integrated 1:1 mobile device deployment on an Initial Teacher Education programme in Europe.  Seán is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and an Apple Education Trainer.  Seán is the founder and current chair of MiTE Conference (International Conference on Mobile Technologies in Initial Teacher Education)

Event Partners

Apple is committed to helping educators get the most from Apple technology. And our Apple Professional Learning offerings include comprehensive resources and services to help build foundational skills with Apple products and integrate them into learning, so you can create innovative instruction that engages students more deeply.
To meet the future’s biggest challenges, students need an adaptive set of skills. Technology is transforming what’s possible in schools — enabling innovative solutions to learning’s biggest barriers. With Google for Education’s suite of devices, apps, and resources, teachers and school leaders can easily leverage the power of technology in the classroom to spark learning, foster collaboration, engage students, save time and stay organised.
Empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow The role of technology has fundamentally changed how can we teach and learn. Microsoft is committed to helping educators and education institutions across Ireland empower their students with the tools and solutions to create the world of tomorrow. To aid educators and schools in developing their professional practice, Microsoft has developed a global network of enthusiastic educators who come together to learn, share, and grow in the Microsoft Educator Community. Visit or for professional learning resources and programmes for school leaders and classroom educators, in addition to self-paced eLearning and lesson content and ideas.
Event Exhibitors

Our mission is to transform education using technology to empower disadvantaged students.  Our vision is a world-class technology-enabled education accessible to all.
Camara has four values that we demonstrate every day through our behaviour and that are the essence of Camara. When you engage with Camara you will see these demonstrated;

     Committed: We deliver results
     Caring: We care for our people and those we serve
     Creative: We innovate to solve problems
     Collaborative: We achieve more by working together

Compu b Education
We believe that learning should be inspirational and accessible for all. We believe that when the right technology is placed in the hands of a knowledgeable and confident teacher learning can be revolutionised for the 21st century. We are an Apple Authorised Solution Expert for Education, with 25 years of experience in delivering learning solutions. Our team of Teachers, Apple Education Trainers and dedicated Education Specialists understand curriculum, pedagogy, and ICT. We believe that Apple Mac and iPad can make a major difference to the educational outcomes that schools and colleges deliver.

Wriggle provides a range of Professional Development programmes for teachers to ensure they are maximizing the use of their device for teaching.   To that end we have designed training programmes that are effective and practical in an Irish context.
Wriggle has designed training programmes for schools who use Apple or Windows devices and employ a team of specialised teachers to deliver this training.   Our Digital Leaders programme for teachers provides a sustainable and effective structure for introducing devices and cloud solutions including Microsoft Office 365 to your school.
Wriggle is an Apple Solution Expert in Education and is the Microsoft Partner of the Year 2017 (Devices & Windows).

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Online Safety Symposium at Google

Online Safety Symposium at Google

Join the Online Safety Symposium at Google on Monday, 29 January 2018 at 3:00 pm. 
Organised by Google's Trust & Safety Team, this event for educators, is an opportunity to learn about resources and tools that can help you integrate digital citizenship and on-line safety in the classroom. 

Google, in association with NAPD and Webwise, would like to offer schools the chance to attend this beneficial event ahead of Internet Safety Day 2018.

Please sign up to secure a spot. Registration is on a 'first come, first served' basis. 

This invitation is open to NAPD Member schools only.

Click Here to register

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Digital Learning Framework for Schools

Minister Bruton has today published the Digital Learning Framework for Schools, one of the key supports envisaged under the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. In implementing the Digital Learning Framework, schools and teachers are given a structure which will allow them to identify where they are on the journey towards embedding digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment, and enable them to progress in that journey.

The Department is seeking expressions of interest from schools to participate in a trial of this new Framework. The trial will involve a representative sample of approximately 30 primary and 20 post primary schools selected from those schools that have expressed an interest in participating. Those schools will receive intensive support and mentoring from fellow professionals. It is expected that the Framework will in due course be implemented across all schools and teacher education programmes.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Fraser Spiers

Head of Secondary at Cedars School of excellence, the worlds first 1:1 iPad school

Fraser will join us to discuss empowering educators to utilise educational technology as a pedagogical tool followed by sample sessions with our local tutors.

Limerick Education Centre, in association with NAPD ICT and Compu b would like to invite you to the launch of its Apple RTC. Limerick Education Centre in association with Compu b, your local Apple Expert, look forward to welcoming educators from all over the region to the official opening and showcase of the Apple Regional Training Centre for 2017/18.

The Limerick Apple RTC will offer free CPD for teachers focussed on the effective and innovative use of Apple technologies in education.

Location: Limerick Education Centre, Marshall House, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick

Click Here to Register

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Strategy for communicating suggestions to VSWare

Schools are aware that there has been a considerable shift in the uptake of the use of VSWare as the main Management Information System (MIS) for post-primary schools in Ireland in recent years.  
Prior to this change, the majority of schools used an alternative provider, which the Department of Education and Skills funded regarding the maintenance and development of the system that was in use.  There was no opportunity or mechanism available to users, during that time, to communicate enhancements and suggestions in order to improve the service or features of that MIS.

VSWare receives a considerable number of requests from schools to enhance the functionality of its MIS.

VSWare and NAPD ICT Forum
VSWare discussed the prospect of establishing a forum of principals and deputy principals to discuss suggestions, potential enhancements and timelines for deployments of updates, at times that would be appropriate to the effective operation of schools, with the NAPD in September 2016.
VSWare is committed to continually innovating and enriching its MIS features and services to schools, and is eager to ensure that it meets the needs of schools in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
Why opt for NAPD?
It was widely accepted, that an effective way to proceed with ensuring that VSWare continues to innovate in its service to schools, was to establish a working group forum with the NAPD ICT Committee as this is comprised of representatives (both principal and deputy principal) which encompass all sectors and patron bodies, while maintaining all existing relationships with the various school management bodies.  This group meets to discuss the suggestions from Principals, Deputy Principals and school Secretaries, and to assess if the suggestions are of benefit, in a meaningful and functional manner, to the majority of schools.
There have been three meetings of VSWare management and representatives from NAPD ICT between October 2016 and February 2017,, where all suggestions proposed have been actioned.
The collective objective of this forum is to ensure that VSWare can respond to schools’ needs based on accurate experience of practitioners on the ground.
Principals, Deputy Principals and School secretaries are welcome to suggest enhancements to VSWare and indeed, all other MIS providers, via an on-line form (available on the NAPD ICT website -


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Camara Ireland Press Release

Camara’s ambitious plans to empower 3 million disadvantaged students boosted by grantfrom €560,000 grant to fund outreach in 70 schools in Ireland and Kenya. 

Camara Education, the Irish NGO which recently announced ambitious plans to positively impact the lives of 3 million disadvantaged students, has announced it is to receive a grant from, the philanthropic arm of Google. 

Camara Education’s mission is to transform education using technology, empowering disadvantaged students in both Ireland and Kenya. A €560,000 grant from will see Camara delivering technology planning, teacher professional development and computers to 44 schools in Ireland and 26 schools in Kenya, impacting the lives of 29,000 students. In Ireland, Camara’s work will support the implementation of the Digital Strategy for Schools and help to address specific goals in the 2017 Action Plan released by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton last week. The in-depth engagement with the schools includes development of a whole school technology plan, provision of computers, and a suite of innovative professional learning experiences for teachers and principals. Education bodies like Educate Together, Trinity Access 21, the NAPD (National Association for Principals and Deputy Principals), and the JMB (Joint Managerial Body) will be involved in the programme. Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said, “It is great to see organisations like Camara and working together to support schools in embedding the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning, complementing the measures that will be implemented through my Department’s Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020.” In partnership with the national network of Education Centres, Camara will also be making an ‘Introduction to Computer Science’ course available to all teachers across the country. 
Teachers will be introduced to CS First, Google’s online programme for Computer Science education for 9-14 year olds that aims to increase students confidence when using computers and grow their perseverance to tackle difficult problems. John Fitzsimons, Camara Education CEO said; “Our vision is to deliver real impact through technology and to inspire and empower a young generation to improve their life opportunities. Working with educational institutions to support them in the integration of technology to deliver better educational outcomes, better grades and 21 st Century Skills is the core of our work. 
This grant from is hugely significant and will help us reach our ambitious target of impacting an additional 3 million learners over the next three years”. Shane Nolan, Director, Google Ireland said; “At Google, we’re passionate about how new technologies can transform the way we learn. Camara Education shares our belief in the power of technology and education to inspire and empower young people to develop critical skills for their futures. We are pleased to support Camara in its work in Ireland and Kenya. “In particular, we are excited that Camara will help Irish teachers develop the confidence and skills to introduce Computer Science (CS) in the primary school classroom. Embedding CS as a fundamental and rigorous subject throughout the entire school curriculum - including the introduction of CS as a Leaving Certificate subject from 2018 - will support and encourage the next generation of technology leaders and problem solvers who will help drive a new wave of innovation in Ireland”. 

As part of the grant, Google employees are also volunteering in Camara’s Dublin office, sharing their knowledge and skills with the Camara team. Ends. For further information please contact: Camara Google Steven Daly, CEO Camara Ireland, Laurie Mannix, MKC Google Press Office, 086 8231328, 086 8143710 


Project Details Ireland In Ireland Camara will work with 44 schools in the Leinster region. In each school Camara will work with school leaders to establish or enhance a school Technology Plan as part of the Department of Education and Skills Digital Strategy for Schools. 

As part of this plan Camara will deliver up to 26 devices to each school, along with targeted teacher professional development. Camara will then continue to work with each school for three years to support them in the implementation of their Technology Plan and the Digital Strategy for Schools with an ongoing programme of CPD and engagement. Kenya In Kenya Camara will work with 26 schools in Nairobi and the coastal regions of Mombasa and Kilfi. 
Camara will establish new computer labs in each school, training teachers to support the use of numeracy and literacy software. Camara estimate that in the region of 15,000 young Kenyans will gain access to improved literacy and numeracy education through this project. About Camara Camara Education is a non-profit international education organisation dedicated to deliver real impact through technology and to inspire and empower a young generation to improve life opportunities. Our vision is a world-class technology-enabled education accessible to all. Our mission is to transform education using technology to empower disadvantaged students. 
Those who engage with Camara subscribe to the following beliefs: Poverty is unacceptable in the 21st century. Education is the key to alleviating poverty. Technology has the ability to radically improve education. Since 2005, Camara has enabled over two million young people to achieve better educational outcomes and thus improve their life opportunities, through training 26,000+ teachers across 5,300 schools and educational institutes, and installing 90,000+ ICT devices. About, the philanthropic arm of Google, supports nonprofits that innovate to address humanitarian issues. was created to pursue, experiment with, and build upon ideas to improve the world, and continues to take an iterative approach to philanthropy today. develops and invests in pursuits that can have measurable impact on local, regional and global issues, and rallies Google’s people in support of these efforts with a singular goal of creating a better world, faster.