Primary and secondary schools in Donegal, Limerick, Meath and Dublin are now busy preparing for the Dragons Den Challenge at the 2nd EXCITED Digital Learning Festival (www.excited.ie), which is running from May 21st to 23rd in Dublin Castle.
- Schools in Donegal, Limerick, Meath and Dublin
- 2nd EXCITED Digital Learning Festival running from May 21st to 23rd in Dublin Castle
- First speakers announced with over 350 attendees expected
- Special Digital Youth Council Day added
The Dragons’ Den Challenge will see the four schools create a business idea for a new innovation using technology in the classroom. The ideas will be presented to a panel of three Dragon judges as part of the EXCITED Digital Learning Festival. In preparation for the challenge each school received a day of training delivered by the Learnovate Centre and have a mentor assigned to help them expand their ideas. The schools are now holding their own competition to select the best idea from their group of students.
On Friday 22nd May, each school team will spend a couple of hours refining their idea and preparing a presentation for the Dragons. The mentors will work with the teams to allocate roles and script the presentation, with User Experience specialists available to come up with a graphic representation of the idea that will be projected as a backdrop to the presentation. Each team will present in turn to the Dragons with the winning team announced at the festival.
The schools will also be treated to series of workshops in Dublin Castle organised by the Science Gallery
The participating schools are:
- Coláiste Chiarán, Croom, Co Limerick (second level)
- St Michael’s, Loreto Secondary School, Navan, Co Meath (second level)
- Cloughfin NS, Lifford, Co. Donegal (primary)
- Scoil Fhursa, 19 Cromcastle Green, Coolock, Dublin (primary)
The independent and not for profit three day festival of workshops, talks, exhibitions and discussions on the potential of technology in education, brings together the diverse interests of over 350 teachers, students, parents, policy makers and industry leaders in one forum.
“Growing our Network – Recruiting Revolutionaries” is the theme for the 2015 event which will focus on how to meaningfully embrace more participants to have an active part to play in the future of digitally enhanced learning.
This year the international and Irish line up of educational experts includes:
- Mona Akmal from Code.org,
- Keith R. Krueger CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN),
- Dr Kathy Kipp, lecturer in Trinity College, member of RISE research group (Research in School Education) and advisory board member for the Irish NCCA (National Council for Curriculum Assessment) development group,
- Lara Dabbagh, Assistant Principal in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, a post-primary school in Galway
- Olajide Ademola Ajayi, Software Engineer, SAP Ireland
- Colm O’Regan critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian, columnist and broadcaster
- Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin science communicator and lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Dublin
- Múirne Laffan, Managing Director of RTÉ’s digital division
Commenting on the event, organiser Ciaran Cannon TD said “One of the key challenges for growing the adoption and harnessing the power of digital learning is recruiting and inspiring teachers and parents who are not fully utilising technology. This festival is open to all who want to be immersed, informed and energised about creating a better future for our students.”
2015 will see the EXCITED festival expand to three days, with day one being specifically focused on supporting the Digital Youth Council, a development emanating from the success of last year’s event. The one day series of workshops for DYC will prepare them to present their finding at the conference and plan activities for 2015.
Last year the festival was sold out with over 350 attendees experiencing a range of international speakers from mobile phone inventor, Marty Cooper to “Ireland’s Digital Champion” Lord Puttnam.
Limited early bird tickets are now on sale for €35 via the website www.excited.ie
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:
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.
Communications Manager Excited.ie,