CESI Conference 2009

Teaching: Learning: Technology – Gaining Vision

clip_image001Tallaght Cross Hotel, 13th February 2009
Coláiste de hÍde, Tallaght, 14th February 2009

The Computer Education Society of Ireland’s National Conference is Ireland’s leading conference addressing ICT and learning. It has a long and proud tradition of highlighting good practice in ICT usage from primary, post-primary and third level teaching settings as well as engendering critical debate on key issues of interest to practitioners in all areas and levels of the Irish education system.

Whether you are a teacher new to ICT or a seasoned ICT veteran, you will find conference presentations and workshops of relevance to you and your school. Digital Video Essentials, Blogging for Learning, ICT Coordinating and Virtual School Twinning are just a few of the topics to be addressed via conference presentations and workshops.

Along with the conference’s formal programme, you will have the opportunity to network with teachers from around the country who share your same interests and concerns about the use of ICT in the classroom.

The new look CESI website is THE hub for all things conference this year! First and foremost, if you haven’t already subscribed to the CESI Mailing List, do so via the site’s home page, http://www.cesi.ie/. This will ensure you receive all CESI Conference news. While on the site, check out the following:

Cast your vote on the latest CESI poll: Should all post primary schools be required to offer the ECDL?
Pursue the most recent postings on the CESI mailing list. At the moment, the hot topic is what ICT Coordinators can do at staff meetings to promote good practice of ICT and learning.
Tour the extensive Conference portion of the site where you can browse through the past five years of CESI Conferences, the speakers, the topics of the presentations and photo galleries of conference activity. If you’re lucky, you may even find a photo of yourself. Go on… you know you want to!

Also have a read of the DigiTeach articles:

One is an engaging piece in which Conor Galvin, UCD lecturer and CESI Chairperson, offers his observations on the current state of play of ICT in education in Ireland.
The other is an enlightening, entertaining article on free software and applications by John Hegarty, an ICT Coordinator in a boarding school with 450 students.

In the weeks ahead, stay tuned as the CESI Conference Working Group updates you via the CESI mailing list and the CESI website. There is much to look forward to this year including a new look timetable and a special Friday evening event!

CESI, http://www.cesi.ie/, has promoted the use of ICT in education at all levels in the Irish Education System since 1973. It is a voluntary body that draws its members from primary, post primary and third level teachers. The CESI Conference is generously supported by the National Centre for Technology in Education, www.ncte.ie.

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