Reflections on the ICT in Education Conference

In the aftermath of the ICT in Education Conference a number of people wrote blog posts giving their thoughts :

Geraldine Exton : #ICTEDU

Michael Ryan : Technology in Education Conference

Grainne Conole : The trip to Tipp

Catherine Cronin : Creating spaces for Student Voices and Student Voices at #ICTEdu

Mags Amond : CESI Meet Tipp 2013

Pam O’Brien : Reflections on the ICT in Education conference  and CESI Meet at #ictedu

Thank you …


Now that the dust has settled on the ICT in Education conference, I’d like to thank all of you who came together to make the conference such a vibrant, collegial and friendly event.  One of the main aims of the conference, is to provide a space for educators across the sector to share ideas around the integration of technology in education. It seemed to me that this aim was definitely achieved in Thurles last Saturday.

To our plenary session speakers: Minister of State Ciaran Cannon, Maria Hinfelaar, Grainne Conole, Catherine Cronin and Martha Rotter – thank you for your inspiring presentations.

To our Youth Media Team and their mentors Conor Galvin, Joe Dale and Bernie Goldbach – thank you for your energy and enthusiasm and for stealing the show! 🙂

To Rachael Cooke, our doodler extraordinaire – thank you for adding another dimension to the conference this year (thanks also to Bernie Goldbach for coming up with the idea).

To our breakout session presenters: too many to mention by name but I am so grateful to each and every one of you for your willingness to share with others.

To our commercial sponsors: again too many to mention but I am grateful for your support  of the conference.

To our attendees: May can be a busy month for many so thank you for taking the time to come to Thurles to engage with us.

To the many who connected with us from afar throughout the day – your input is a valuable addition to the conference so thank you for taking the time to connect.

To CESI – thank you for your ongoing support of the conference.  The addition of a CESI Meet on the eve of the conference a few years ago has been a great success and we look forward to continuing with the CESI Meet over the coming years.

Finally, thank you to the LIT staff and students who are involved in the organisation and running of the conference.

Talk has already turned to the 10th ICT in Education conference.  I’m looking forward to welcoming you all back to Thurles in May 2014 to celebrate this milestone.

Pam O’Brien

ICTEDU 2013 Youth Media Team on Audioboo

The team’s in-house Audioboo guru Bernie Goldbach set up a conference channel which became the cloudspace we used for all the interviews the team did on the day. iPad Minis and Nexus 7s were used to picture and record both vox pop and more formal conversations between YMT members and conference participants.

Most of them are now gathered together here; when we find the rest, we’ll add those too!

Also on courtesy of Bernie Goldbach:

Live doodling at #ictedu

To add an extra dimension to the conference this year, we decided to have Rachael Cooke live doodle the keynote sessions.  The reaction from people in the room and on the live stream showed what a great decision it was to do this.

Grainne Conole: Learning journeys and learner voices – promoting innovative pedagogies through new technologies.


Catherine Cronin: Creating Spaces for Student Voices


Martha Rotter : Empowering Student Voices through Innovation


Rachael also doodled impressions of the conference …

ictedudoodle… the Youth Media Team’s capstone session …

youthcrewdoodle… and her final doodle of Pam Moran and Ira Socol’s thoughts


The Flip in Tipp!


Bianca Ni Ghrogain was talking at ICTEDU2013 in LIT Thurles about ‘Flipping your classroom’. She spoke about making fun educational videos to show her classes to learn in a different way. She would use Go Animate, Powerpoint, pod casts, Moviemaker and PlanetNutshell to explain topics to the children. The children can then make their own little videos to show other children. They would even want to make a movie to teach their teachers and parents topics that they aren’t familiar with!

Bianca likes the fact that you’re focusing on learning and not focusing on the technology itself. Flipping the classroom has made the children she teaches more confident and they wanted to teach each other.

You can hear Steph’s interview with Bianca here:

Youth Media Team

Sínead & Kate & Steph

Talking Coder Dojo at ICTEDU

ImageEugene McDonough, Geraldine Exton and Mags Amond gave a really interesting talk about CoderDojo.

A CoderDojo is basically group of young people who want to learn about coding that gets together regularly with mentors and the children learn about how to make programmes, make presentations on their work in front of the other children and problem solving skills. They learn why a computer does what it does and it’s a practical way of thinking. In this group kids are allowed to be the experts and are allowed to show that they are smart.

There are specialised Dojos. For example, there is one for autistic children and there is also a female-only group called the ‘Dojo Divas’ here in Ireland. In the United States there are also some girl-dojos.  Facebook have donated laptops to the dojo groups that  Eugene, Geraldine and Mags talked about today. They then showed us a slide of what the children thought of CoderDojo. Most of the children liked it as they made new friends and they could make their own games and programmes and it was up to you to make it.

Youth Media Team

Sínead & Kate

Interview with Ciaran Cannon-Minister of State for Training and Skills.

In our interview with Minister Ciaran Cannon TD we found out that he loves technology, and doesn’t have a single piece of paper in his office! When we asked him about school he said that his favourite subject was Physics and Music, we also found out that he plays piano. He said that he would definitely like to see more technology access in schools. His favourite app is Spotify, which he uses to download music regularly.

When we asked him why the government doesn’t do more about sites like he said that doesn’t create bullying it’s people who go onto this site causing harassment and trouble. He said it’s bullying that needs to be addressed in schools more than the site.

Here’s a link to our interview:

Youth Media Team

Brídín & Jack

Willie McTiernan and Martin Owen

Willie McTiernan and Martin Owen presented on the Racing Academy Software at ICTEDU2013 in LIT Thurles.   Racing academy is a game to teach people physics by using a simulated car and drag race.  It has options to change your car (You can choose the engine, colour, brakes, tyres and gears).  Once you have chosen your car you race it. At the end you can see a graph of your speed and your opponents speed.

Willie and Martin also presented on other resources at ICTEDU 2013 :

Open source physics
This shows students different resources for science.  It has resources for chemistry , biology and physics.  Watch out because it is in Lithuanian but if you use Google chrome you can translate it

Explore learning
This is a resource that show simulations of different things in science.   It costs money to get an account but you can get a free 30 day trial

Molecular model for an ideal gas
It shows students that molecules obey Newtons law of motion.  Molecules move in all directions in equal probibility. There is no interactions between molecules.The molecules bounced off the walls.

Interactivate rabbits and wolves
This demonstrates how predator/prey interact with each other.  It shows the population of wolves, rabbits and grass.  As the rabbits eat the grass the grass population drops.  As the rabbit population grows the wolves start eating the rabbits.  Then the wolf population grows.
It is a great way to show the food chain.  You can change the parameters and see how it changes the simulation.

Interactivate multi-function data flyer
This is a free resource for drawing graphs on the Internet.   You can enter your data points and it will make a graph.

You can hear my interview with Willie and Martin here

Youth Media Team


View of the spectator itcedu#

Chris Hickson is a primary school teacher. Today was his very first time visiting the conference. He came because he wanted to hear others views on the different uses of technology. He said that he is enjoying the conference, and rightly so.

Youth Media Team