In Spring 2018, St. Kevin’s G.N.S. was chosen to participate in a Department of Education and Skills Digital ‘School Excellence Project’ as part of a cluster of schools. Over 200 schools in 32 clusters have been chosen nationwide and each cluster of schools will receive funding over the course of the project.
Our project comprises of five primary schools (including St. Kevin’s BNS) and is entitled “Creative Problem Solving and Digital Education in 21st Century Teaching, Learning and Assessment”. It seeks to encourage creative problem-solving through abstract, environmental and physical mathematics, through the use of technology, mathematics in the environment and robotics. We hope this project will be a positive and worthwhile way to develop problem-solving skills and other skills associated with Mathematics for the children in the school. We are delighted to have received funding for our Schools Excellence Project in Digital from the Department of Education and Skills.
Our project is linked to our School Self Evaluation process and aims to improve creative problem-solving skills through digital technologies in teaching and learning practices in our schools. This funding has allowed us to purchase digital technology equipment such as Beebots, Microbit circuit boards, Izak Cubes, tablets and more, which pupils are already enjoying across all class levels. It has also allowed us to fund travel to various Mathematics and Science events for pupils in the coming three years and we hope to fund staff professional development in teaching and learning also for the implementation of the project. We have just completed our second year of the project and it is hoped that we will also receive funding in the third year of the project cycle. We will keep you updated as the project progresses throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support.
5th Class continued learning to code using BBC Microbits today. You could feel the excitement before they head off to @MS_eduIRL DreamSpace tomorrow morning #cenfadhb @CenFadhb #sefdigital pic.twitter.com/jhNELgtkqh— St. Kevin's GNS (@stkevinsgns) November 4, 2019
Six girls from Third Class had the brilliant opportunity to visit @holy_ns and @MS_eduIRL Dreamspace today to learn about coding and Artificial Intelligence as part of a Digitial Cluster project St. Kevin’s are involved in. #SEFDigital @CenFadhb #cenfadhb #GirlsInSTEM pic.twitter.com/W1wsZjsqcT— St. Kevin's GNS (@stkevinsgns) April 1, 2019
Peer-to-peer learning in Second Class today with Fourth Class students demonstrating their coding skills and how to use Microbits to make fantastic addition games. #sefdigital @CenFadhb #cenfadhb pic.twitter.com/3XH2LStfNh— St. Kevin's GNS (@stkevinsgns) January 31, 2020
Great collective work being completed as part of our Digital Cluster Meet Up day. Next stop @MS_eduIRL @NsRedhills @stolafsns @stkevinsgns @stkevinsboys @holy_ns #SEFDigital #cenfadhb @MichelleBrady4 pic.twitter.com/YEUrHfwQBH— Cén Fadhb (@CenFadhb) April 1, 2019
Great to meet our #SEFdigital Cluster friends @stkevinsgns @stkevinsboys @CenFadhb at @science_blast today #ncca #pdststem #scienceblast #crumble #STEM #ICT pic.twitter.com/F0WwtaAG7a— Holy Trinity NS (@holy_ns) March 7, 2019
Pupil voice being showcased today at the #esbscienceblast with @holy_ns @stkevinsgns @stkevinsboys students meeting up to learn about each others’ Microbit projects #sefdigital #cenfadhb pic.twitter.com/DLsWVpgGtm— Cén Fadhb (@CenFadhb) March 4, 2020
Great to have our school and our digital cluster @CenFadhb part of this PDST webinar. Lots of girls developing STEM and 21st century skills in our school. #cenfadhb https://t.co/92w0cIQp6D pic.twitter.com/KYsgh5m6aF— St. Kevin's GNS (@stkevinsgns) March 19, 2020
We were the first class to start using the new Lego We Do coding kits today. Maths stations just became even more fun! #problemsolving #numeracy #cenfadhb @CenFadhb pic.twitter.com/mTCnXKGQsW— Miss Forde's Class (@MissFordesClass) February 7, 2020
The 4th Classes had a wonderful time with Karen from TU Dublin Computing Department, coding Microbits to make thermometers today. Thank you so much Karen! @KQuille #cenfadnb @CenFadhb pic.twitter.com/kSLJb29OYe— St. Kevin's GNS (@stkevinsgns) November 20, 2019
5th Class created simple games use #meowbits and Arcade MakeCode in @MS_eduIRL #MSDreamSpace . Very cool! pic.twitter.com/uEfBS60vlo— St. Kevin's GNS (@stkevinsgns) November 5, 2019