– Intel awards certification to 31 students who took part in this the first Intel Teach – Advanced Online pilot programme in Ireland
– The pilot programme was facilitated through CASTeL, the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching & Learning at Dublin City University
– This Irish version of the program is unique in that it is the first pilot globally aimed at pre-service teachers
Today, November 18th, Intel awarded certification to the first participants of the Intel Teach – Advanced Online pilot programme in Ireland.
Intel Teach – Advanced Online is a professional-development online community that seeks to develop and support highly skilled and innovative teachers, helping them take full advantage of 21st century pedagogic practice and technology. The initiative is part of the overall Intel® Teach Program which aims to improve teacher effectiveness through professional development, helping teachers integrate technology into their lessons and promoting students’ problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills.
The pilot programme, which was facilitated through CASTeL, the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching & Learning at Dublin City University (DCU), is a professional development initiative for pre-service teachers of mathematics and science, studying the BSc. Science Education at Dublin City University.
A special ceremony was hosted at DCU to recognise the completion by 31 students who took part in this the first pilot programme in Ireland. This Irish version of the program is unique in that it is the first pilot globally aimed at pre-service teachers.
The ceremony included addresses from DCU Vice President for Learning Innovation, Professor Richard O ‘Kennedy, Dr. Padraig O’Murchu, Education Manager, Intel Ireland, Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, Director CASTeL and Ms. Shelley Shott, Worldwide Intel Teach Manager.
Feedback from this initial pilot will be used to improve this programme in its second year of implementation which is already underway at DCU with a similar cohort of participants. This pilot will provide essential information and knowledge for the enablement of a future national rollout of the programme, which will provide in-service teachers with an online collaborative community to advance their integration of technology and student-centered learning into their teaching.
Speaking at the event, Intel’s Padraig O’Murchu said, “Intel is committed to education transformation and is working to drive initiatives in support of this; Intel Teach – Advanced Online is one important example of how collaborative skills to support teaching and learning can be developed through joint initiatives between industry and academia, across disciplines and also across teaching levels”.
“CASTeL members are actively involved in the integration of research, teaching and learning in mathematics and science across all educational levels. We are delighted to partner with Intel in piloting this international education initiative with pre-service mathematics and science teachers in Ireland and believe that this programme provides the necessary structure to support teachers to work collaboratively and sustain a culture of inquiry, innovation and creativity in the classroom”, commented DCU’s Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, Director CASTeL.
Intel’s commitment to Education Transformation
Intel believes that the next generation of people who we will rely on for our future economic success will be the product of an education system that will equip them with 21st century skills, such as problem solving, design, innovation, communications, and creativity. Skills based education will drive Ireland’s future competitiveness and enable people to take part in today’s increasingly globalised and technological society.
Intel is committed to driving education transformation through advocacy for policy reform, curriculum, standards and assessment, sustained professional development efforts, information and communications technology, and support of research and evaluation to help countries create an effective approach to 21st century education.
The Intel® Teach Program Worldwide
The Intel® Teach Program improves teacher effectiveness through professional development, helping teachers integrate technology into their lessons and promoting students’ problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. With more than 7 million teachers trained in over 60 countries, Intel Teach is the largest, most successful program of its kind.
• A worldwide proven program – more than 7 million teachers trained in over 50 countries
• Research-based and independently evaluated
• Range of course offerings
• Developed by educators for educators
Intel Teach – Advanced Online
Intel Teach Advanced Online is an online professional-development community that seeks to develop and support highly skilled and innovative teachers, helping them take full advantage of 21st century pedagogic practice and technology.
It aims to do this, by providing on demand high quality training, resources, support and collaborative tools developed with educators for educators. This professional development/collaboration doesn’t require teachers to be away from schools, the resourceful platform and dedicated school mentors are always there to help. Through a blend of face-to-face and online training, teachers form communities to advance their integration of technology and student-centered learning
CASTeL is an interdisciplinary research centre of academics, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers with the common objective of enhancing the teaching and learning of science and mathematics at all educational levels, supported by evidence-based research and informed by international good practice. CASTeL developed organically within DCU in 2000, and latterly across DCU and SPD, through shared interests in science and mathematics education. This interest was first ignited in DCU by a concern about the decline in student preference for science subjects at second level, and difficulties in mathematics for many students. CASTeL members lead the delivery of concurrent undergraduate pre-service education programmes for teachers in mathematics and science (BSc in Science Education/BEd. Education) and postgraduate programmes in mathematics and science education leading to taught (MSc in Science Education/MEd. Education) and research MSc/PhD qualifications.
CASTeL research activities include developing effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment; investigating attitudes, motivation and cognitive development in science and mathematics learning; professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers, across all levels of education. Members of CASTeL are active in a wide variety of national and international projects, including three EU FP7 funded projects (ESTABLISH- coordinated by DCU, Fibonacci and Pathway). These projects are aimed at providing teachers with pedagogical knowledge that will enable them to facilitate more innovative, inquiry-based learning in their science and mathematics classrooms. Through these and other activities, CASTeL aims to provide a sustained impact on teacher and student learning in science and mathematics education.
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.ie
Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157625293776591/