Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

IT Week February 2019

IT WEEK 11th – 15th February 2019

Objective: To help all our students acquire the digital skills required for secondary school assignments and project work.

This week both 3rd classes were for the first time included. Using the laptops, the following was explained:

– cloud computing
– directory management
– file location
– and naming & saving

Then we moved on to working with power point presentation slides. Parent Barbara Beatty went through a presentation slide by slide using country and frog facts. The children were supported in the classroom setting by the Transition Year students to copy what Barbara was showing. Then the students ran their own slideshow. They had so much fun.

With the 4ths and 5ths the focus was on
– using the internet as a useful research tool
– and how to manage together with preparing a fact sheet showing the full extent of work done (in Word) and a presentation, showing bullet points only (using Powerpoints)

Parent Amanda Fulmer gave us ‘Hints and Tips’ on research technique including ‘the do’s and don’ts’. She then explained the differences between using fact sheets and slide presentations. We also covered
– personal presentation skills required
– and how to get the information across.

A quote from parent Elaine Killilea on this sums this up well:
“Tell them what you are going to tell them.
Tell them.
Then tell them what you told them”.

Time was then given, supported by the Transition Year students, to practice the useful hints given.

6th class had the opportunity to review Google Classroom & drive used by St David’s Secondary school. Transition year students Ruby Mackay and Conor Campbell showed  us an individual student class room account. We saw assignments already submitted and some group project work.

Ruby advised if we can use Word and Powerpoint proficiently we would have the skill set to use Google Docs which is very similar. She showed us a 3000 word English assignment submitted. Ruby reminded us that good basic typing skills is really a must. Otherwise it will take many more hours to prepare digitally submitted projects. Click HERE to find a webmix of free online typing activities on the St. Brigid’s website.

We revised some word skills with Mr Dodd’s class and project preparation skills with Ms Murray’s. The Transition Year students then supported classroom project work mingling among the students.

You can read more about the extensive work of the Parents’ Association’s Digital and ICT Committee HERE