Enhancing Irish with ICTs

A new book for teachers, entitled Enhancing the Learning and Teaching of Irish with ICTs / Ag cur barr feabhais ar fhoghlaim agus ar theagasc na Gaeilge le TFC was launched recently by Seán Ó Foghlú, Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills, in Dublin West Education Centre.

clip_image001This publication is the third and final publication of a series of books for teachers and student teachers in Irish primary schools, designed to provide them with a structured and accessible guide to using modern technologies to enhance teaching and learning (1.ICTs in the Primary School: teaching and learning for the 21st century, 2. Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with ICTs). Book 3 focuses specifically on the use of ICTs to support the teaching and learning of the Irish language. A copy of each book is being distributed to every primary school in Ireland.

This book, in common with the previous two, is published by Dublin West Education Centre, supported by Navan Education Centre, and instigated and edited by primary principal Robbie O’Leary. Each book was also supported by the Professional Development Support Service (PDST). Additionally, this book was fully supported by an Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG).The book presents a range of information, suggestions and practical guidance to teachers and student teachers as to how modern technologies can be used in innovative and creative ways to make Irish language lessons more active, more stimulating and more relevant to pupils. It is designed to be of interest and benefit to all teachers, no matter they are on the spectrum of ICT experience and expertise.

Among the topics covered in the book are the following:

· Using interactive whiteboards to revitalise Irish language lessons

· Using animation techniques to stimulate oral language development and collaborative learning

· Designing digital interactivities for use with pupils

· Accessing high quality materials on the internet

· Using both content-rich and content-free applications on computer in conjunction with active learning methodologies

One copy of this new publication will be sent to every primary school in Ireland. Additional copies may be acquired from Dublin West Education Centre, 01 4528000.

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