Classroom of the Future Podcast


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Interview with Ciaran McCormack, of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology (IADT)

In our latest podcast Michael Hallissy is joined by Ciaran McCormack of IADT to talk about the numerous educational technology projects he champions,TME and the classroom of the future.

Ciaran has been to the fore in ICT integration in Irish Education for many years, and he has written and lectured widely both and home and abroad on the subject. Among the innovative projects he discusses here are Film in Schools (, FIS Bookclub ( www.FÍ ), Eurocreator, ( ) and School in a Box ( In addition he shares his thoughts on what our technology-fuelled classrooms of future will be like and he details his latest project ‘Technology Made Easy’, an innovative review website focusing on mobile learning technologies and educational apps.

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  • Suzanne Kelly

    August 18, 2016, 4:52 pm

    Thanks for a very interesting podcast Ciaran. You’ve created some excellent resources and I think both the bookclub and the film festival websites will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance learning in an exciting way for children.

    I also agree with you about training for teachers. I like the idea of using more technology in my classroom but not owning an ipad puts me on the back foot. I need time to look at and try out apps but this is not always possible during teaching time / time spent in school before and after school. I would be able to do this in the evening when my children are in bed if I had access to the technology.

  • Therese

    August 2, 2017, 11:43 am

    A very interesting interview, very inspiring. I have had a quick look at the website you have created Fair play to you! We have had ipads in our school for two years but because we are a large school, we only have access for our class for a half an hour per week. This has not been enough time for me to become comfortable. I have been teaching in the junior end of the school so did not use them over the last two years. I will be teaching 5th class from September, so know that the class will be upset, if they are not given access. I am borrowing my son’s Nexus to help me during this course, but might even think of investing in an ipad. It would have been brilliant for me, if I had been given an ipad first, as you suggested. The younger members of staff have grown up with technology, so it is not so daunting for them. As an older member of staff, I am keen to keep up with the latest technologies, as I don’t want to be viewed as a dinosaur! I also love change, but find that technology and its possibilities can be overwhelming. I would be so proud of myself if I could manage the ipads in my classroom and feel that the time is purposeful. Therese

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