– Intel launches eSchools program at Christ the King Girls School in Cabra.
– Intel eSchools is an infrastructure for education program which enables primary schools to embrace the use of wireless technology in the classroom.
– As part of the program two Intel employees have been appointed as dedicated technology mentors for the school going forward.
On Thursday April 7th, the Intel eSchools program was officially launched at Christ the King Girls School in Cabra.
Intel eSchools is an infrastructure for education program which enables primary schools to embrace the use of wireless technology in the classroom and as part of the 2010 initiative two complete technology packages were awarded to schools with the second of these being unveiled by Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn.
The classroom technology packages, which are donated each year by Intel, include 30 new laptops, a dedicated teacher laptop, an LCD projector and a portable trolley unit to allow the kit to moved between classrooms.
Students and teachers can then use the wirelessly enabled laptops to access the internet from anywhere in the school allowing them to incorporate technology into the teaching and learning process.
The 2010 eSchools initiative linked together two important focus areas for Intel – science and technology – as for the first time the scheme was linked to Intel’s Mini Scientist initiative for primary schools with those who entered the science program having the opportunity to apply for the eSchool competition. There was a fantastic response to both the Mini Scientist program, which had more than 2,600 participants in 2010, and to the eSchool’s initiative which had a large number of applicants.
Christ the King Girls Schools in Cabra were chosen as one of the two wining schools after a difficult judging process and this week at a special ceremony the school officially unveiled their technology package.
The event was opened by school principal Gemma Haughey who spoke about the importance of integrating technology into the classroom environment and thanked Intel for their commitment to the eSchools initiative which is bringing real advantages to the students at the school.
The launch was also attended by Intel’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Brendan Cannon who stressed the importance of transforming how students learn “New technologies will continue to change the world in ways we cannot even imagine yet. Equipping schools with comprehensive ICT solutions is an important element in driving transformation in our education system that will ensure that our young people are equipped with 21st century skills.”
He went on to praise the teachers and students of Christ the King Girls School for their commitment to both Science and Technology. He also introduced the school to two Intel employees who will act as dedicated technology mentors for the school going forward before introducing the Education Minister.
In his first visit to a school as Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn was first taken on a short visit to one of the classrooms where the new laptops were in use, before addressing the audience during which he noted “We have to take this country into the 21st century by matching the enthusiasm and dedication of our teachers with the energy and talents of our students and equipping them with new technologies that can broaden how they learn. The Irish school system must once again become fit for purpose and I hope that the example set by Intel in implementing this initiative will be an inspiration to other companies”.
Intel has been involved in education since it first came to Ireland in 1989 and in that time we have spent more than €25 million driving programs which support transformation in curriculum, infrastructure and teacher development.
Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626450174596/
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