Portmarnock Community SchoolDonal O Mahony
I want tothankGerry Breslinof theAssociation of Secondary Teachers, Irelandfor the opportunity to represent him here today...
I came to Digital teaching and learning about sevenyear ago via a Masters Degree in eLearning fromDublin City University.I...
As I introduced online applications I began tounderstand that teachersengage best with Digital mediathrough group-experien...
- In Portmarnock we used to call these MoodleMondays- On the daily CESI List from the Computer EducationSociety of Ireland...
A digital school is one that discussed online pedagogyWe need to hear more often questions of the form• “what is your peda...
It is important to see that the six key skills of thenew Junior Cycle have a place for digitaltechnology within each of th...
The other thing that happens in schools is that onceteachers are introduced into the online environmentis that some teache...
Students love presenting their learning through digitalmedia.But presenting is not enough.They need opportunities to make,...
.......but we also need students making at moreprofound levels –1. whether coding2. developing skills in logic using Ardui...
We Irish love to communicate, Lord David Puttnam, DigitalChampion in Ireland talks of the importance of Oracy, ourability ...
Summary – the digital schoolPedagogy as part of communities of practiceSupporting teachers who are digitally awareSuppo...
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DIgital Education Summit, Dublin, April '13

  1. 1. Portmarnock Community SchoolDonal O Mahony
  2. 2. I want tothankGerry Breslinof theAssociation of Secondary Teachers, Irelandfor the opportunity to represent him here today.Donal O Mahony
  3. 3. I came to Digital teaching and learning about sevenyear ago via a Masters Degree in eLearning fromDublin City University.I was initially interested in Online LearningEnvironments, particularly Moodleandthe development of critical thinking skills for studentsin online discussion fora.Donal O Mahony
  4. 4. As I introduced online applications I began tounderstand that teachersengage best with Digital mediathrough group-experiences, through communities ofpractice....whether these be face to face or onlineDonal O Mahony
  5. 5. - In Portmarnock we used to call these MoodleMondays- On the daily CESI List from the Computer EducationSociety of Ireland- every Monday night when some teachers in Irelandand beyond have a twitter chat on an issue in Irisheducation at #edchatieDonal O Mahony
  6. 6. A digital school is one that discussed online pedagogyWe need to hear more often questions of the form• “what is your pedagogical approach” when using e.g.Google Docs• How do you Skype in formative assessment?• How can you write a significant relevant statement asa Tweet?Donal O Mahony
  7. 7. It is important to see that the six key skills of thenew Junior Cycle have a place for digitaltechnology within each of them!And therefore a place for such pedagogical questions.Donal O Mahony
  8. 8. The other thing that happens in schools is that onceteachers are introduced into the online environmentis that some teachers develop their own particulardigital interestsWe have see that particularly in podcasting and digitalanimation - in every school around the country thereare such teachers - support them - these are yourdigital champions.Donal O Mahony
  9. 9. Students love presenting their learning through digitalmedia.But presenting is not enough.They need opportunities to make, to create, to own andto shareSome of this is simple enough with applications likeVoki, Kidblog , Glogster, WordPressDonal O Mahony
  10. 10. .......but we also need students making at moreprofound levels –1. whether coding2. developing skills in logic using Arduino boards3. increasingly I am reading of the importance ofRasberry Pis for developing thinking aroundprogramming. Unfortunately I am reading of thelatter, primarily outside IrelandDonal O Mahony
  11. 11. We Irish love to communicate, Lord David Puttnam, DigitalChampion in Ireland talks of the importance of Oracy, ourability to talk well and stresses it alongside literacy andnumeracy.• So it is important that we help students and teachers havevoice online – in digital space that is positive and affirming.• Schools need to write social- media policies for teaching andlearning that promote this.• Acceptable Usage Policies are very much of the "Thou shalt not"variety rather that go forth and communicateDonal O Mahony
  12. 12. Summary – the digital schoolPedagogy as part of communities of practiceSupporting teachers who are digitally awareSupporting students to createDeveloping policies that allow affirmative and criticalcommunication across digital mediaDonal O Mahony

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