Ms. O'Kelly was invited to speak about the coding initiatives implemented in Stratford's Computer Studies classes through the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) ICT and Computing Curriculum at the launch of the Trinity Access 21: Year 1 report on Friday, 13th May in Google's Dublin HQ. The report outlines, among many issues, the importance of teaching teachers digital skills and computational thinking, in order for them to bring these skills into the Irish classroom. On page 9 of the report there is a case study on Stratford's Computer Studies classes.
In addition, Trinity College launched the inaugural "21st Century School of Distinction" Awards Ceremony and Showcase on the same morning. Schools from all over the country entered this competition.
Ms. O'Kelly has just completed the Postgraduate Certificate in 21st Century Teaching and Learning, co-funded by Google and run by Trinity College Dublin. Google invested €1.5 million in this Postgraduate Certificate programme in October 2014.
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