An Taoiseach Enda Kenny met students from Balla NS and Davitt College, Castlebar, at Excited Digital Learning Festival in Dublin recently. The theme for this year’s festival, ‘Celebrating Success and Sharing Innovation’, was ably demonstrated by students and teachers from across the country during the two-day event in Dublin Castle, who gave presentations on the tools and techniques they employ when using technology in the classroom, and also by the impressive display of completed student projects from both national and secondary level pupils.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, took the time to visit the exhibition area, learning about the work being undertaken and listening to teachers and their students on the benefits they reap through enhancing their learning experience with technology.
Among those schools were pupils from Balla NS and Davitt College, Castlebar, both of whom had taken part in the Digital Schools of Distinction programme. This was one of a number of diverse projects that were having their final celebrations in Dublin Castle at the Excited Festival. Other projects included EA Robot Games, Schools Digital Champions, LearnStorm and the Digital MegaMeet, where teachers shared examples of best practice in the implementation of and successes achieved using a variety of different digital tools to transform the teaching experience.
Enda Kenny, a longtime supporter of the work of Excited, acknowledged the commitment and dedication of those involved, saying "Over the last number of years I have seen the good work being done by Excited in developing our young people's digital skills and empowering them to learn independently. The Excited Digital Learning Festival is a wonderful celebration of the talent and commitment to excellence of our teachers and students. They are working together to develop the skills that will power the next generation. I wish them every success."