SCHOOL DIGITAL CHAMPION PROGRAMME 2016-2017
Patrician High School students
are Digital Champions
This year The Patrician High School participated in the School Digital Champion Programme. This initiative brought about by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in conjunction with the Department of Education is also supported by RTÉ. Our government is continually working towards integrating technology within the education system to improve teaching and learning. The main objective of the digital champions programme is not only to increase digital skills but to enhance and aid development in areas of critical thinking, creativity including communication skills.
Each participating school had to produce a project demonstrating how their digital skills could make a difference and in our case, that has come in the form of a website to aid students in their future college course and career choices.
Our digital champions were extremely dedicated and welcomed the opportunities to upskill at the training seminars provided. This was further supplemented with site visits to the Science Gallery and Trinity College Dublin.
On May 13th as part of the EXCITED Festival schools were welcomed to the All Hallows campus in DCU to showcase their projects. EXCITED is a movement founded by Ciaran Cannon TD, created and set up to promote digital skills and awareness. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughton was in attendance and emphasised in his speech vehemently how crucial it is that we as a nation ensure our younger generations are given opportunities to acquire the essential computer skills as these skills underpin everyone’s future. Additionally, the president of DCU Professor MacCraith and Jonny Cooper, Dublin GAA player delivered advice and guidance to the students present.
The Patrician High School Digital Champions, made up of second year students Niall Murnaghan and Rory O’Reilly along with first year students Ciarán Finnegan and Tomás Gartlan, their teacher Ms. Murphy describes these students as highly committed and enthusiastic. They worked together, made decisions and produced a website which they hope to continue to work with and improve. According to Ms. Murphy the School Digital Champion Programme has proven that ‘the benefits are already truly evident, a wonderful opportunity for our students who have gainfully learned an array of skills, we are most proud.’
Patrician High School Digital Champion’s website www.steeryourcareer.weebly.com