Education Conference 2011 opt

The JMB Education Conference 2011, which took place on Monday 19th September, was  a great success and many thanks are due to all involved. The theme of the conference was "ICT Possibilities for Schools: from Education to Administration". Peer delivered workshops on a wide range of technologies and applications were offered and attendees were able to participate in a number of workshops. Participants also had an opportunity to visit a wide range of commercial ICT stands and hear from representatives of NCCA, NCTE, DCU, IBEC and JMB.

Keynote Speaker
Jerome Morrissey-National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE)

Forum Speakers
Dominic McEvoy-JMB ICT Advisory Group
Tom Lonergan-National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE)
Dr. Anne Looney-National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Ms. Yvonne Crotty-School of Education Studies, DCU
Mr. Greg Tierney-Steljes Ireland Ltd.
The Forum was chaired by Catherine Cavanagh-JMB ICT Advisory Group

Workshop Presentations & Links
Administration-Ciarán O’Hare, Principal, St. Kevin’s College
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Smart Computing for Students-Ciarán McCormack, FÍS Project
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Cloud Computing-Seamus Ryan, Education Officer, Meath VEC
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The e-Classroom-Tommy Flynn & Pippa Brady, St. Mary's College, Dundalk
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Conference Workshops


Workshop Title


Description Presenter

Workshop 1:

Video Conferencing for Schools

  • Inter-school distance teaching
  • Maintaining subject choice and viability
  • Potential for reciprocal arrangements
  • Cost Savings

John O’Donovan, Principal

St. Joseph’s Secondary School,

Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

Workshop 2:

Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)

  • Secure and inexpensive e.g. ”Moodle”
  • Creative solutions for teacher absences,  student illness and “snow days”

John O’Roarke, Principal

and Ronan Redican

Mercy Secondary School,

Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Workshop 3:


  • Incredible potential
  • E-portals for integrated school management
  • Supporting collaborative approaches

Ciarán O’Hare, Principal

St. Kevin’s College,


Finglas, Dublin 11

Workshop 4:

Smart Computing for Students

  • Moore’s Law applies!
  • Pre-loaded with e-textbooks publishers ready now!
  • Engage your “Screenagers!”
  • Make your school different

Ciarán McCormack,

Creative Manager at the FÍS Project

Workshop 5:

Cloud Computing

  • Competing Models
  • Save on servers etc.
  • Limitless capacity and potential
  • WiFi will soon be everywhere

Seamus Ryan,

Education Officer, Meath VEC


Workshop 6:

The e-Classroom

  • A “Live” Classroom: Teacher and Students
  • Using what’s available now
  • Low or modest cost
  • Steal ideas!

Tommy Flynn & Pippa Brady

St. Mary's College


Co. Louth


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