Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. launches the SmartClass Initiative

New National Competition is launched at the second annual Intel Education Transformation Open Forum

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

– Today the second annual Intel Education Transformation Open Forum took place at the Science Gallery in Trinity College.

The event brought together stakeholders in the education process and provided a platform to gather diverse perspectives regarding our education system and suggest possible avenues to ensure that it is fit for purpose in a 21st century knowledge based economy.

– The event also included the launch of the SmartClass initiative – a collaborative national competition being run by Intel, Steljes and the Educational Company of Ireland giving post-primary schools the opportunity to win a complete technology package for their entire first year of students.

Intel Ireland’s General Manger Eamonn Sinnott today hosted an Education Transformation Open Forum in the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin. The event brought together stakeholders in the education process and provided a platform to gather diverse perspectives regarding our education system and suggest possible avenues to ensure that it is fit for purpose in a 21st century knowledge based economy .

The event featured a keynote address by Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. and the launch of a new SmartClass Initiative. SmartClass is a collaborative national competition being run for the first time this year by Intel, Steljes and the Educational Company of Ireland giving post-primary schools the opportunity to win a complete technology package for their entire first year of students. The technology package includes;

– a fizzbook laptop for every student with accompanying Smart software
– full digital curriculum content for an entire junior cycle
– wireless LAN fit-out for the school environment
– relevant teacher training facilitation

Others speakers at the forum included representatives from industry, academia, teacher unions, parent councils and the Department of Education and the audience was made up of members of a diversity of stakeholder groups.

Peter Hamilton, General Manager, Intel Performance Learning Solutions gave the second keynote address of the event, presenting Intel’s Education Transformation Model – a framework for Intel’s activities supporting governments to improve the quality of their education systems, leading to economic and social opportunities for all citizens.

This was followed by a lively and interactive Panel Discussion moderated by Mark Little which will featured Jerome Morrissey – Director, National Centre for Technology in Education, Regina Moran – CEO, Fujitsu Ireland, Tony Donohue – Head of social, education and innovation policy, IBEC, Tommy Walshe – President, National Parents Council post primary, Moira Leydon – Assistant General Secretary: Education and Research, ASTI.

In opening the event, Eamonn Sinnott said, “Innovation is the lifeblood of future prosperity for this country and we need to ensure that our education system underpins the development of a society that fosters and encourages a culture of innovative and creative thinking.”

“Through research and work with local governments, vendors and communities globally, Intel has developed insights into effective education transformation and we would like to share these insights to help shape our education system for future needs that support a 21st century knowledge based economy.”

“I sincerely hope that that this Forum will make a positive contribution in that direction by allowing us to lead a collective voice on education transformation that will materialise into joint initiatives and policy outcomes aiming to improve our Education System.”

During his keynote address Taoiseach Enda Kenny remarked “All students – from those studying ABCs right up to PhDs – must be encouraged and facilitated to be independent learners and to experience working creatively in teams,” he said. “My vision is for all Irish students to be able to leave school or university with the confidence and the skills to create their own jobs. To break new ground. To achieve the unimaginable”.

The Taoiseach went on to commend Intel saying “I also want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Intel who have taken the lead on this and many other educational initiatives since first arriving in Ireland. As Taoiseach, I want to express my gratitude on behalf of the country for this support”.

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Further Information

Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626811383056/

About SmartClass

The SmartClass Initiative  is a collaborative national competition being run for the first time this year by Intel, Steljes and the Education Company of Ireland. The competition gives post-primary schools around the country the opportunity to win a complete technology package for their entire first year of students. The technology package includes a fizzbook laptop for every student, accompanying Smart software, full digital curriculum content for an entire junior cycle, wireless LAN fit-out for the school environment and relevant teacher training facilitation. The competition will be open for entries from the end of August for approximately 4 weeks with the winner being announced in October. Visit www.smartclass.ie for more.

About Intel
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 or follow us on Twitter – @Intel_IRL.

About The Educational Company of Ireland
The Educational Company of Ireland (Edco) is Ireland’s leading Educational Publisher, publishing a wide range of Primary & Post Primary textbooks, resources, and digital materials in line with the Irish Curriculum. The Company is leading the way towards the digital classroom with the launch of their new Edco e-book range.  The Educational Company of Ireland, publishers of the award winning edcoDigital platform, believe that their interactive e-book solution will offer schools, pupils and parents real choice when it comes to the purchasing of educational content.
www.edco.ie.

About Steljes
Steljes Limited is an innovative technology distributor that sources products from around the world, working with manufacturers to customise and bring their solutions to the UK & Irish market through its specialised channel network. The company’s innovative solutions enable people to interact and communicate more effectively while working and learning. The company has been sourcing products from around the world for over 20 years, introducing LCD panels, projectors, plasma displays and interactive whiteboards to the UK & Ireland market. The company has consistently been the Ireland’s number one supplier of interactive whiteboards with a market share of 40% (source: Futuresouce Consulting). Steljes Group is a privately owned company and has helped companies such SMART Technologies, Turning Technologies and AVerMedia become market leaders in their categories.
www.steljes.com.

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