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iPads @ Coláiste Iósaef
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Rationale – The 21st Century Learner
Today, students live in a world that is continuously evolving to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As our world becomes more complex and interconnected, there is considerable discussion taking place in relation to how we teach and what we teach. There is growing evidence that students will require a different set of capabilities to live and work effectively in the 21st century, which in turns implies a transformation of our education system. Students today want a more personalised learning experience where they are active participants and collaborators with their peers and teachers.
iPads ‘Power Up’ Initiative
At Coláiste Iósaef Community School, we are passionate about education. We believe that learning should be inspirational and accessible for all. We believe that when the right technology is placed in the hands of our knowledgeable and confident teachers, learning can be revolutionised to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The school prides itself on promoting innovation and embracing technology to facilitate effective, meaningful and memorable learning experiences. The most powerful tools for learning are the ones students love to use. In 2013, we launched our iPads ‘Power Up’ initiative in partnership with CompuB’s 1:1 education programme. Since, the school has successfully deployed iPads across Junior Cycle and Transition Year. The integration of Apple TVs throughout the campus has further enhanced the effectiveness of the programme. As part of our ‘2020 Vision’, we aim to have the school fully integrated with iPad technology.
Such has been the success of our iPads initiative, that Coláiste Iósaef is now recognised nationally as a leading school at the forefront of education innovation. In 2016, the school was chosen by CompuB to feature in a video case study documenting the successful deployment of iPads in the school.
Benefits of iPads
The benefits of iPads deployment in Coláiste Iósaef are numerous; by raising motivation levels, increasing interest and participation and encouraging learning to happen anywhere at any time. These elements create a personalised learning environment where teachers have the opportunity to develop innovate and challenging methods of teaching.