Marist teachers are ICT leaders!

The Marist College has in recent years been at the cutting edge of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), having won a number of national and international awards for their computer and internet projects over the years.   The College is constantly expanding its ICT capabilities, with the excellent Parents' Council contributing to a new ICT suite two years ago and another one this year.  With teacher-based classrooms, the majority of teachers now have laptops in their rooms as well as data projectors for displaying materials for class use. A number of classrooms have also been equipped with Interactive Whiteboards.

Three Marist teachers have been carrying on the great tradition of leading the way in the educational use of computers and technology. Recently Ms. Sandra Doyle (German), Ms. Pippa Brady (English) and Mr. Dónal Hegarty (Science) were approached by the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) to be filmed using Information and Communications Technology in the classroom.           

The NCTE  is the Government agency which implements all ICT policies for the Department of Education and Science and they wanted to highlight 'Best Practice' for integrating ICT into teaching and learning. The resulting video was then used to train teachers in other schools across Ireland.

Since September last the College has installed a new 'ePortal' administrative system which allows teachers to enter examination results and take roll calls on-line'.

The College has also become involved in a pilot project for an online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  This provides online resources and links for students to enhance their learning.  The VLE also allows students to submit work via the internet and promotes online communication for the whole College community".  The VLE is linked through the College website which is itself currently being revamped.

Over the Christmas holidays 2010, all classrooms were fitted with desktop computer, data projector and integrated speakers and several new Interactive Whiteboards were installed.


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