Some words from the Parents’ Association on the inaugural SCHOOL’S ICT WEEK
‘We are delighted to confirm that the Parents Association have this year continued their support of our students with their digital and ICT development for educational use. We launched an IT week on the 26th November for the senior section of our school 4th, 5th and 6th class. For the first time we were supported by ten Transition year St David’s students. The children loved being mentored by their older peer group. They were deemed much cooler than parents! A big thank you to St David’s school for joining us on this new venture. We hope to repeat this again next February.
What was covered?
With fourth and fifth class we focused on the huge capability of Word. We showed where it might be more appropriate to use than Power Point and how both can be used in conjunction. The students work on Christmas menu’s and we saw some very creative work. We were subsequently told by a parent how her child used these newly acquired skills to design a Café Price list for St David’s Christmas Café.
Sixth class were given a session on using the Internet safely as a research tool. They also got valuable instruction on how to present a digital project. All skills definitely required for their continued educational journey in secondary school. One class then put into action research techniques learnt for their current class project on WW2 whilst the other class in small groups put together a fact sheet on healthy lifestyle for 12 year olds. They researched, created a word document fact sheet and then presented their findings to their class mates. It was a very interesting experience.
We have received extremely positive feedback from Ms Costello, the teachers involved and the students.
I want to thank Aisling Carroll, Amanda Fulmer, Ms Costello, the staff of St. Brigid’s and staff and students St David’s school for making this possible. Without their commitment and determination none of this would have been possible. I also want to thank the IT operational support group of parents that keep our school student laptops in working order.
Janet Waters, PA Digital & ICT Group’
You can read more about the work of the hard working and far sighted PA Digital and ICT Group HERE. New members are always welcome to this group. Just leave a message for Janet, at the school office.