Dream Keynote List

Back in September, after a conversation between Bernie Goldbach, John Heffernan and Pam O’Brien, the idea of a dream keynote list was born.  Since then almost forty names have been added and the list has had more than 1700 views.  Keynotes at this years CESI conference and our own ICT in Education conference are featured on the list.  Please continue to add to the list as we see it as an ongoing venture which will continue to provide ideas for conference organisers.  The list can be found here.

Twitter in Education


Mark Glynn produced a Prezi with resources on Twitter in Education in conjunction with the ICT in Education conference.  The resources include

  • a video showing how educators across Ireland use Twitter
  • some thoughts on Twitter by Pam O’Brien
  • some tutorials on setting up a twitter account, hashtags and Twitter clients

You can find the Prezi here.


The Thurles campus of LIT will host a CESI Meet on Friday 10th May from 7-9 pm.  For those of you who have never been to a CESI Meet, it’s an evening of chat, learning, sharing and fun all rolled into one.  Mags Amond will be the Bean an Ti for the night and will keep us all in line (kind of!!).  Have a look at this Animoto to get a flavour of what’s involved.

CESI Meets are the Irish equivalent of Teach Meets.  They give people an opportunity to talk briefly about a piece of technology that they use.  Presentations can be either a 2 minute nano, a 5-7 minute mini or a 15 minute soapbox presentations.  I love hearing about the wide variety of technologies in use in classrooms across the country and further afield.   The fruit machine  that decides who’s up next to present is great fun – that is of course until Mags overrides it as we near the end!!  There’s often a Skype call to connect with educators in various parts of the world to share and to hear what works for them.

There’ll be a few surprises at this year’s CESI Meet so make sure to come along to kick off the  conference and to get the conversation going. Register to attend and/or to present at the CESI Meet on the conference website.

ICT in Education: Student Voices Conference – May 11th, 2013


The 9th annual ICT in Education Conference will take place on Saturday, 11th May on the Thurles campus of Limerick Institute of Technology. This conference is an opportunity for educators to come together, learn about the application of technology in education and share experiences.

Keynote presentations will be delivered by Grainne Conole, the Professor of Learning Innovation at the University of Leicester, Catherine Cronin, lecturer in Information Technology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Martha Rotter, co-founder and publisher of Idea Magazine.


The theme of this year’s event is ‘Student Voices’ and the conference will place the experiences of learners at the heart of the discourse on ICT in education. As part of this theme, pupils from first and second level have been invited to act as ‘roving reporters’ and will move about the conference using mobile technology to record impressions, videos and interviews with attendees which will be uploaded to social media sites like twitter, WordPress and facebook. This year’s conference will not only focus on the voices of students but will also feature active engagement with them!

You can register for the conference at www.lit.ie/ictedu


On May 10th, the Friday preceding Saturday’s conference, keynote speaker Gráinne Conole will host one of her Learning Design Workshops from 10 AM – 4:30 PM. This workshop will centre on the 7 Cs of learning design and delivery (Conceptualise, Capture, Create, Communicate, Collaborate, Consider, Consolidate). Registration for this event is available here.

Later that day, the campus will host a CESI Meet which will involve around 2 hours of short presentations, starting at 7 PM, from educators who will share their experiences of integrating technology in their teaching. This event is an opportunity for educators from all levels to share ideas and explore new innovations and might include some unexpected surprises! As with the other events, registration for the CESI Meet is also at www.lit.ie/ictedu

We look forward to seeing you there!

You can join the conversation on ICT in education on facebook and on twitter.