EXCITED provides a unique opportunity, the first of its kind, for those with an interest in Irish education at all levels to engage directly with teachers, student representatives, enterprise leaders, academics and policy makers at a senior level. The engagement of parties is not that of passive recipients, but rather an engagement of mutual collegiality and respect, acknowledging that such an opportunity to debate and plan the future of education in Ireland is timely and valuable.

EXCITED creates an opportunity for students to clearly articulate to decision makers their opinions on learning and how they wish to see technology embedded in their educational experience. It gives trailblazing teachers and students a platform to showcase their work and to robustly engage with numerous other professionals directly involved in education; more specifically, those who see technology as an enabling and transformational tool to be used in the classroom and in the home.

It gives leading academics and enterpreneurs an opportunity to speak about global innovation in education and in particular how Ireland can lead the way in the digital learning revolution. The festival lays the foundations for something profoundly beneficial to happen; it creates a willingness amongst a diverse group of attendees to work cohesively as partners for the betterment of the coming generations. It builds a deep sense of mutual trust between all stakeholders, a trust that the EXCITED Movement will now lead and act upon.

About the EXCITED Movement
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Team EXCITED. L to R Bernad Kirk, Frank Walsh, Linda Cardiff and Ciaran Cannon.

The Excited Movement began its journey in 2014 with the organising of the two-day EXCITED Digital Learning Festival in Dublin Castle.  As an independent entity it has the unique ability to bring together the diverse interests of students, teachers, industry and Government in a safe, non agenda environment with the single vision of improving the role of technology in education.

The success of EXCITED the Digital Learning Festival, in unleashing the intense passion for improved learning through technology, spawned the creation of the EXCITED Movement.

The EXCITED Movement is unique in that it utilises its centralised magnetic position to add scale and delivery mechanism to new and existing programmes.  As a result ideas from industry (individual and companies) can be rapidly deployed through to teachers and students while representative voices of students can be channelled back to organisations and government.

Not only can EXCITED connect these audiences but it has established channels to ensure ideas can be delivered into tangible projects and actions such as EU Code Week, The Hour of Code, The Digital Youth Council, Africa Code Week and initiatives in Robotics.

Connecting: We are building a national network of groups and individuals with a common vision for education and a desire to be powerful advocates for change.

Championing: We seek out trailblazing teachers and students across Ireland and encourage others to be inspired by their work and follow in their footsteps.

Creating: We are collaborating with education and industry leaders to create a world-class digital learning ecosystem where innovation is nurtured and facilitated.