Caitlin and Chris interviewed Keynote speaker and psychologist Dr. Maureen Gaffney. Maureen spoke about the importance of teachers connecting with their students and also how she hopes the education system will do more for the wellbeing of teachers and students.
Here Eoin and Finn meet up with a couple of “characters” CAST and GaelGory, who are exhibitors here today in Dublin.
The first interview was GaelGory, who was dressed in a cloud suit of all things and a dinosaur costume. He spoke to us about GaelGory itself and threw in a bit of Gaeilge to catch us out.
Here’s the interview:
The second interview was with Noel of CAST, a film festival for young people, which two members of the team, Adam and Eoin, were involved in themselves. Noel spoke about the festival and its quick growth from humble beginnings.
Adam and Chris chat to the National Parents Council representatives of primary and secondary schools in Ireland. In their panel discussion earlier in the day Áine and Don expressed how vital it is for parents to teach their children in the home as they are the primary educators. In the interview they discussed the role of the Parents Council and the role of parents in their children’s education.
Maggie Green, a primary school teacher and Lego Robotics enthusiast, shared ideas on how to integrate clever games and projects into school curriculums. Maggie is currently pursuing Masters Degree in game creation. Her major project involves developing a computer game for children with speech and language impairment.
In The School Door, a Halloween workshop, “the mad scientist is getting ready to take part in some terrifying tales”. Maggie’s “spooky literacy workshop” runs inside Facebook (The School Door) and her website offers equally intriguing ideas that mash up hands-on learning that helps to link maths and science to the real world with problem solving based on deep and creative thought.
Caitlin Donnelly, Chris Fennelly, and Amy Lombard roamed the floor of Feilte 2015, learning more about innovative education from various showcase presenters.
Presenters from SBP Radio broadcast via WiFi in Scoil Bhride, Portlaoise, every Friday from 9am to 9:30 throughout the school. Programmes often feature interviews with teachers, accompanied by popular music.
Physics Busking team members used simple materials to create really cool science projects. One of the projects involved lifting Amy off the conference floor purely with the power of friction. (See photo below.)
Amy and Caitlin interviewed Ciara Mc Cardle. We chatted about her article in which she spoke about the negatives associated with technology. She shared her thoughts on being part of the panel discussion ‘Technology In Education’ which allowed her to learn more about the positive aspects of using technology.
Amy and Caitlin interviewed Cathy Hynes,Eve Casey and Kathleen O’Brien from Kinsale Community School. The girls are BT Young Scientist winners 2014 and spoke about the hard work and dedication that goes into presenting and creating an award winning project. They also spoke about their opinions on ‘Technology In Education’-the panel discussion they participated in.
Here Eoin and Finn interviewed Mark Pollock after his keynote address here at this years #FEILTE. In his keynote Mark spoke about the various challenges he had to overcome to be the person that he is today. Speaking about his life, Mark shared his experiences with his various challenges throughout his life such as his loss of sight and paralysis.
We asked mark about his ability to cope with such severe hindrances, and what drives him each day in his quest to walk again.
Finn and David talked to Micheal Mulgrew one of the Speakers at Feilte about the festival itself and also about the differences between Irish teachers and American teachers. He had lots to say about what teachers in New York have in common a well as how they differ in his view. He also gave a great talk at the conference.
Michaelis the fifth president of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), whose 200,000 members include teachers and other professional staff in New York City public schools as well as family child-care providers, nurses, adult education instructors and retired members.