Thursday, 11 January 2018

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).