Schedule at a Glance

Digital Developments in Ireland Across the Curriculum
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM:
Room: Superior A
Format: Concurrent Session - 60 Minutes
Brief Session Description: Significant changes in society require learners to have a wide, adaptive knowledge base and understanding to enable them to be active participants in the communities in which they live and work. Increasingly, attention to education system performance focuses not only on overall educational performance, but also on the extent to which school systems are serving the needs of diverse learners in a digital world. In Ireland, a policy shift has seen a move to ensure that our students develop a suite of skills and competencies that they need to be successful learners and citizens, and to facilitate this, recent and current curriculum developments are integrating digital into teaching, learning and curriculum design.

We will present on the ongoing developments, current projects and strategies at a policy level in Ireland that focus on integrating technology in teaching and learning across schools from primary (4-11 years) to post primary (12-18 years). We will discuss the national Digital Strategy for Schools, 2015 - 2020; the current curricular developments around Coding and Digital Media Literacy for 12-15 year olds as well as the ongoing work of bringing Computer Science to senior students (16-18) and integrating it into primary schools.

We will also present on recent and current national and international partnership projects that channel the power of technology to support teaching and learning. These include a project that supports and resources teacher and student collaboration; the use of student e-Portfolios and how these portfolios can support formative assessment practices to flourish in the classroom, and our work as part of the international Collaborative Assessment Alliance. This alliance is a worldwide partnership formed to develop methods to assess critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration, and provide resources for implementation in the classroom particularly in the area of the design, creation and deployment of collaborative assessment tasks.