Davitt College successfully links with NUI Galway
Pictured at the Davitt College launch of the new computer programming module were (front) transition year students Michael Flatley, Sean Murphy, and Ross Chambers. (Back) Emma Nestor, ICT and programming teacher; Brendan Smith, NUI Galway; TY student Aoife Doyle; Bernie Rowland, principal, Davitt College; TY student Melissa Duffy; and Niall O’Connor, teacher of maths and ICT co-ordinator.
The world of science, technology, engineering, and maths continues to develop and with it the need for a skilled and talented workforce. The role of any school is central to the development of key skills that our future generations will need. “There is no doubt that the education of our young people from primary school to third-level will play a very important role in Ireland’s future prosperity and advancement,” said Bernie Rowland, principal of Davitt College, Castlebar. “So we are constantly enriching and enhancing the curriculum we provide here at Davitt College.”
She was speaking at the launch of the school’s new computer programming module in association with the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway. Brendan Smith, education officer at NUIG, will deliver a range of pioneering technology learning initiatives to students. In turn students will be equipped with a range of skills from using mathematics to fostering critical thinking and will become “digital creators” rather than just “digital users”.
“The new junior cycle programme, which schools will begin to roll out next year, aims to ensure that students develop key skills that are necessary for lifelong learning. It will give students more opportunities to engage actively in their own learning and to use their clever and creative energies,” explained Ms Rowland.
“The new junior cycle programme will include modules such as programming/coding and digital media. With today’s launch of this new module for students we continue to lead the way in implementing new curricula which will help all of our students to excel in science and mathematics,” she added.