- St. Conaire’s, a primary school located in Shannon, Co. Clare, has been named as the winner of the Intel eSchools 2013 competition
- The eSchools prize is a technology package worth more than €20,000 which includes 30 individual HP Elitepad tablet devices and a dedicated teacher laptop along with a portable storage / charging trolley to house the devices
- The competition was this year open to the 70 schools nationwide who took part in the Intel Mini Scientist science competition
St. Conaire’s, a primary school located in the heart of Shannon, Co. Clare, has received a huge boost to technology in its classrooms, as it became the winner of the Intel eSchools 2013 competition receiving a technology package worth more than €20,000.
St. Conaire’s, which has 495 pupils aged between 4 and 12, received 30 individual HP Elitepad tablet devices and a dedicated teacher laptop along with a portable storage / charging trolley to house the devices. The portable nature of the technology kit allows students and teachers to use the devices to access the internet from anywhere in the school enabling them to incorporate technology into the teaching and learning process.
Speaking at a special ceremony hosted in the school last week, Principal Peter Walsh, spoke of the excitement in the school since they found out they won the Intel eSchools competition.
He described the positive impact that the technology package will have in the school; “We are delighted to be selected as the winner of Intel eSchools 2013. St. Conaire’s is working towards a vision of integrating ICT into everyday teaching and learning and we are proud to be an ambassador for the use of mobile technology in National schools. This prize will prepare the students for lifelong learning, further education and future employment”.
Also speaking at the event was Intel Ireland Director of Corporate Affairs, Brendan Cannon. He expressed his delight at the positive impact Intel Ireland is able to make to the quality of learning in the school and emphasised the importance of technology in the classroom; “Intel believes that students should have access to the best learning environment and infrastructure possible, connected to ubiquitous broadband in the classroom and beyond ensuring a seamless learning experience. Many of the 21st century skills that our young people will require in the future are founded in and enhanced by instilling technology into the learning process”.
This is the 5th year of the eSchools competition which is run annually by Intel and this is the first time a school in Shannon has won the prize. The competition was this year open to the 70 schools nationwide who took part in the Intel Mini Scientist science competition and based on a very strong and comprehensive written submission, St. Conaire’s were chosen as the winning school.
Martin Moore, who is the Chairman of the Board of Management at St. Conaire’s added, “we wish to express to Intel our sincere gratitude on this very generous prize. St Conaire’s is a school of much dedication and diversity and just like the computer industry we are constantly evolving to meet the demands of the changing environment around us. I believe that Intel and St Conaire’s both share a common philosophy that we both invest in the future and I am confident that the technology you leave with us today will be used to its maximum and maybe beyond. That is a promise”.
Intel has been involved in education since it first came to Ireland in 1989 and in that time have spent more than €30 million driving programs which support transformation in curriculum, infrastructure and teacher development.
Kacper Kaliszczak of St. Conaire’s National School is pictured at the eSchools event
Junior infant students Rhys Coleman and Alan Mon are pictured at the event
Jakub Chrusciel and Selem Fitzgerald Eren check out the new computing devices
Alanna Macbeth and Kacper Kaliszczak are pictured with their new devices
Further images from the event can be found here: eSchools – a set on Flickr
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