Laura and Sinead interviewed Entrepreneur Ingrid Vanderveldt, who is the leader of numerous programs at DELL. She talked to us about her ‘Empowering One Billion Women By 2020’ and how she think that if the world is going to be turned around that it has to be done through a new set of eyes, which is the eyes of women. She also talked to us about her leadership and how she thinks sport has the same concept of thinking as setting up a business. We had great fun interviewing Ingrid!
Laura and Sinead interviewed RTE 2FM DJ Ruth Scott. She talked to us about her career as a DJ and how she feels that technology is the way forward and how she found the day to be fascinating. We had a brilliant time interviewing Ruth and wish her all the best with her future!
Sinead and Laura interviewed Clare McInerney, an Educational Manager from Lero, a research centre which design tools and methodologies and help people write better software. She talked to us about what Lero do, which is working with schools and helping them write software in a fun and creative way. We had a great time interviewing Clare.
Here Finn and Jack intervieved Ken Byrne and Dr.Michael Walsh. They spoke to us about their new company Grasp and how their new product helps athletes measure there performance and improve it by attaching a clip to there runner or shoe.Their is not a product like it in the world.
Our Youth Media Team traveled to Dublin on Friday 4th October for Féilte. On the Friday night we went to the CESI Meet and interviewed some of the attendees to elicit their thoughts on many topics including teaching, technology in education, #edchatie and many more. The main aim of the exercise was to re-familiarise the team with the technology that they would be using to interview, blog and tweet.
Saturday morning saw the familiar red shirts take their place at Féilte in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham for the start of a busy day. We planned some of the interviews for the day ahead, and tasked the team with researching the people and organisations that they would interview. It became quite an organic process as, for the most part, they chose the interviews that they would do. Their instructions were straightforward: Of course no day would be complete without a bit of drama. For us this came in the form of the loss of one of our first interviews of the day, Brídín and Jack’s interview with Fintan O’Toole, Deputy Editor of the Irish Times. To the team’s credit, despite the bitter disappointment at the loss of this interview, they kept going and put it down to experience. Unbeknown to us all, our resident techie Bernie, worked tirelessly during the day to try to retrieve the lost interview and, miracle of miracles, he managed to retrieve it at around 4pm. To say that we were delighted to get it back, doesn’t even begin to come close to how we all felt!!
The feedback, both on the day and since, has been very positive towards the team. The idea has really caught people’s imaginations and I’m delighted to hear that it has prompted a number of teachers to look into setting up Youth Media Team’s in their own schools.
We at ICTEdu HQ are delighted to announce that the Youth Media Team are going on tour. We’ve been asked to report on the Teaching Council’s Feilte event on Saturday 5th October. The members of the team are all very excited to be involved again, and I for one, am really looking forward to seeing the event through their eyes. The team will again be led by Conor Galvin who will be ably assisted by Evelyn O’Connor and Bernie Goldbach. We’ll miss Joe Dale’s input but his influence will be felt as the team tweet, interview and blog their way through the Friday night CESI meet and the Saturday festival.
So, if you’re going to the events over the weekend of 4th/5th of October, please stop and chat to the red shirts, as they’ll be very eager to report your thoughts. If you can’t make it on the day make sure to follow @feilte and the #feilte hashtag on twitter to get a flavour of what’s going on.
On a personal note, I’m delighted to get a chance to work with the dream team of Conor, Evelyn and Bernie not to mention the stars of the show, our talented teenagers who make up the Youth Media Team.
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!
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: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1385884-bianca-ni-ghrogain-interview
Eugene 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.