On Friday the 31st May Google announced a major donation to Bridge21 and the Trinity Access Programs. Under the 3 year initiative,which will involve the School of Computer Science & Statistics, the School of Education and the Trinity Access Programs, 1,000 places will be offered to teachers on training courses in the teaching of CS topics (algorithmic thinking, programming in Scratch, Raspberry Pi, Alice and Java, and in the use of virtual worlds) using the Bridge21 model of collaborative technology mediated learning. 1000 Raspberry PI devices will be supplied to participating schools and the initiative includes a national computer programming competition. There will be particular support for schools in disadvantaged areas. For more info see bridge21.ie.
Featured on Silicon Republic:
"Last week at a special event at Bridge 21 at Trinity College in Dublin, Puttnam urged Ireland to consider an awards scheme like the National Teaching Awards to publicly acknowledge good teaching practices and achievements. He also said the media in Ireland should be more supportive of the need to reinvigorate Ireland's education system and push for the deployment of 21st-century technology and learning practices in schools."
-John Kennedy, Silicon Republic
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CRITE in partnership with the Trinity Access Programmes and Suas Educational Development have for 3 years been running a successful computer mediated outreach activity known as the Bridge to College, involving intensive team oriented project based learning workshops, targeted at transition year students from schools with a low transfer to 3rd level education. In December 2010 John Lawlor received a highly competitive Soical Impact Award from Social Entrepuners Ireland for his work on the project.
M.Sc. (Technology & Learning)
This is a part-time course which is strongly influenced by the research activities mentioned above. It is run on a part-time basis over two years and is aimed at those currently active in the use of technology to support learning within all levels of formal education and in the wider area of E-learning. Applications are now invited for the academic year 2012-13.