Students on Inis Mór receive digital schoolbags

Aoife and Dara Craddock along with Anne Donnelly  with the All Ireland Hurling Championship cups at the release of the latest homes in the Ashthorn Avenue development in Headford on Saturday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Aoife and Dara Craddock along with Anne Donnelly with the All Ireland Hurling Championship cups at the release of the latest homes in the Ashthorn Avenue development in Headford on Saturday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Students at Coláiste Naomh Éinne on Inis Mór have received ‘digital’ schoolbags, joining Irish firm Wriggle’s digital learning programme alongside more than 150 schools using 30,000 devices throughout Ireland.

The coláiste is participating in the Wriggle 1:1 programme where students use mobile devices and digital resources for learning.

Wriggle supports teachers using technology, helping to foster the digital skills required for the 21st century.

Coláiste Naomh Éinne is the only secondary school on Inis Mór and provides full second-level education through the medium of Irish and under the umbrella of Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board.

Principal Michael O’Culain said: “With teaching and learning now we have to examine all avenues, and digital devices give our students great confidence. From day one they are using the device to help research, create presentations, and learn through educational games on the device. We do not want our students to be at a disadvantage and by embracing technology we see new ways that they can learn and have some responsibility for their own education.

“The best thing about being on the Wriggle Learning programme is the technical support provided between the parent and Wriggle, meaning the school is not dependent on the support and can focus on the teaching and learning.”

Wriggle Learning was recently awarded the Microsoft Windows and Device Partner of the Year for 2017.

Beryl Furlong, managing director of Wriggle Learning said: “We are delighted to partner with Coláiste Naomh Éinne on Inis Mór. Underlying Wriggle schools’ deployments are the key elements of technology, content, and pedagogy, which together play an important part in addressing the digital divide. The coláiste is focused on developing digital skills and innovation, reaping the benefits of Wriggle 1:1 digital learning which include interactive, up to date content to engage students and increase attainment; the ability to cater to different learning styles and rates of progression; greater collaboration and instant feedback.”

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