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.