Mary Cleary speaks at Féilte 2016

FÉILTE 2016 took place on Saturday, October 1st in the RDS, Dublin. The Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence, is a celebration of teaching which showcases the work of teachers who are leading innovative learning projects.

Now in its fourth year, the day provided a platform for teachers to share their stories of innovation with each other and the public.  

FÉILTE 2016 featured a mix of over 50 showcases and workshops spanning projects from across the education sector, demonstrating the innovation happening in teaching and learning in schools across the country.  The opening address was delivered by former teacher and current Ireland rugby coach, Joe Schmidt with panel discussions on the day chaired by broadcaster Keelin Shanley.

At the event, ICS Foundation Deputy CEO, Mary Cleary spoke about integrating tech into the curriculum with Cliste, and how important Tech Week is, speaking about technology in education, she said:

“Coding, however important and popular,  is not the full answer; students need to experience all aspects of tech in school so they understand what a career in IT might be like; tech on its own, for its own sake will not improve education, but the entire methodology must evolve, taking advantage of tech, but not being a slave to it.”

Mary’s comments followed Richard Brutons July announcement of plans to include coding in the primary school curriculum.

Developed by ICS Skills, Cliste is a complete IT curriculum designed for primary schools. Developed by experienced teachers, the programme contains lesson plans and learning materials that have been designed to help teachers integrate the teaching of ICT areas such as App Design, Coding and Online Safety into everyday subjects in the curriculum.

Find a copy of the full programme here