Convention organiser. itcedu#

Pam O Brien helped organise this conference and helped find many of the 32 speakers. She is a lecturer in maths here at LIT Tipperary, Thurles Campus and says that this conference will give first, second and third level educators a chance to share their ideas.

A conference well organised  !

Youth Media Team


The Youth Media Team at ICTEDU 2013

This year we introduced a Youth Media Team to the conference for the first time. Here they are in their distinctive red polos…. and also the ‘less-young’ mentors who really enjoyed working with this wonderful group of young tech-users; Joe Dale, Bernie Goldbach and myself.  We all learnt from the experience.

Youth Media Team and Mentors ICTEDU 2013

Conor Galvin

Youth Media Team Cat-herder… 🙂

Ann Marie Sorley talks the importance of Communication and Checking

Ann Marie gave a talk about internet awareness, anti-bullying and the negative impact of certain apps. She was saying that you should learn how to use technology with your kids. She said that you shouldn’t block websites as then the children will want it more. She showed us ‘Aftermaths’ which is a website that you go on and solve maths problems before your granted access to social networking sites. The more you solve the more time you can have on your chosen website. She mentioned the three Cs; keep checking, keep communicating and keep current. She mentioned that even though ‘Snapchat ‘ is great if you have children that live away from you, there are also negative. People can use it as a way of ‘sexting’ and bullying.


Youth Media Team

Kate and Sinéad

Mary Jo Bells talk at ICTEDU.

While sitting and listening to Mary Jo Bell’s ( @7mjb) talk I realised something , this woman knew her stuff big time. Sure she was a little late starting and showed some stuff she probably didn’t need to. But her talk was very informative and her use of technology in the classroom was superb. A great talk!

Youth Media Team


Interview with Maria Hinfelaar

As part of the Youth Media Team (#YMT) at the ICT in Education Conferance at LIT today we interviewed Maria Hinfelaar (Presidant of LIT since 2004). She gave us her opinions on teachers in schools using technology such as email and Facebook to communicate with students and improve teaching in general. She also listed the technology she uses herself in daily life.

Youth Media Team

Eadaoin & Sean

STUDENT VOICES – Catherine Cronin

Catherine Cronin was also talking at the conference in L.I.T Thurles about “student voices and how teachers should help and listen to students and learning experiences that stayed with you. She also talked about teaching and learning over social media and how to try and integrate it into the classroom.She also covered the importance for teachers to listen to students and work with them using technology.Image

You can hear Finn and David’s interview with Catherine here


Youth Media Team

Finn and David

Grainne Conole – Keynotes Speaker

Grainne Conole was talking at the conference in L.I.T Thurles about ”learning journeys and learner voices through new technologies.” She spoke about the nature of learning and how it is changing rapidly into technology. She was saying that ”Complexity is the new reality and we are taking small steps to understand it all”. She pointed out that the Internet emerged in 1993 and how it has developed immensely over 20 years. So she questioned what it will be like in 10 years time. Results from a survey showed that children cannot live without technology and that we feel below par if we do not have technology. She said that ”Our teachers don’t necessarily have the computer literacy to teach it” so we need to teach the teachers about technology as this generation of children have grown up in technology. To help this process ‘Metis’ is a learning design for teachers.Image

Youth Media Team

Kate and Sinéad

Show me boards

Mary Jo Bell  ( @7MJB) won the 1st prize in the raffle at last night’s #cesimeet here at ICTEDU.
She won a set of ‘ShowMe Boards’ . Photo below.
She will be using them in her senior infants class.
Mary Jo will then give feedback to CESI on how she uses them and how she got on with them


Youth Media Team


Marshmallow challenge at #cesimeet

Great craic at #cesimeet doing the Marshmallow Challenge
What you will need:
1. ✦Spaghetti: Ensure that you use uncooked spaghetti. Avoid spaghettini as it is too thin and breaks easily. Fettucini is too thick.
✦String: Include string that can be easily broken by hand. If the string is thick, include scissors in your kit.
✦Marshmallow: Use a name brand or private label brand of marshmallows that measure the ‘standard’ size, about an inch an a half across. Avoid mini or jumbo marshmallows. Also avoid stale marshmallows. You’ll want squishy marshmallows that give the impression of lightness.
✦Masking Tape: Get standard masking tape. Generally, you’ll want to put the tape on the side of the table, the back of a chair or a nearby wall. Rolling it in the bag tangles the tape.

The challenge is:
Be clear about the goals and rules of the Marshmallow Challenge. Use the Acrobat Presentation to introduce the challenge as well as to visually reinforce the instructions:

✦Build the Tallest Freestanding Structure: The winning team is the one that has the tallest structure measured from the table top surface to the top of the marshmallow. That means the structure cannot be suspended from a higher structure, like a chair, ceiling or chandelier.
✦The Entire Marshmallow Must be on Top: The entire marshmallow needs to be on the top of the structure. Cutting or eating part of the marshmallow disqualifies the team.
✦Use as Much or as Little of the Kit: The team can use as many or as few of the 20 spaghetti sticks, as much or as little of the string or tape. The team cannot use the paper bag as part of their structure.
✦Break up the Spaghetti, String or Tape: Teams are free to break the spaghetti, cut up the tape and string to create new structures.

The winner is team who gets the marshmallow highest in the air using their freestanding structure
Mags decision is final !!!!! 🙂