Stratford’s Computer Studies teaching and learning highlighted by ICS Skills and Trinity

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NEWS / 3 May 2016

On Thursday, 21st April, Ms O'Kelly was invited to speak at the annual Irish Computer Society (ICS) Skills Training Conference about teaching and learning in Stratford's Computer Studies classes. On the same topic on Friday, 13th May, Ms O'Kelly will speak at the inaugural ‘21st Century School of Distinction’ Awards Ceremony and Showcase organised by Trinity College and hosted in Google.

Since September 2015, the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) has been taught from 1st Year through to Transition Year. There are 7 ICT online modules and 4 Computing Curriculum (CC) modules being taught. The CC modules include Computational Thinking (using Scratch), Microcontrollers (using Raspberry Pi's and Python), Multi-media and Digital Media.

Ms. O'Kelly is currently undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in 21st Century Teaching and Learning being offered by Trinity College. By applying the Bridge21 activity model to Computer Studies classes not only prepares students for coding, but also for computational thinking, i.e. problem solving, creativity, collaboration through the use of computing technologies.

The teaching and learning done in Stratford's computing classes through active teaching methodologies has been recognised by ICS Skills - who administer ECDL - and by Trinity College. On Thursday, 21st April, Ms O'Kelly was invited to speak at the annual Irish Computer Society (ICS) Skills Training Conference about teaching and learning in Stratford's Computer Studies classes. On the same topic on Friday, 13th May, Ms O'Kelly will speak at the inaugural ‘21st Century School of Distinction’ Awards Ceremony and Showcase organised by Trinity College and hosted in Google.

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