Monday, April 18, 2011

VEC at the Forefront of 21st Century Learning

Deputy Regina Doherty today welcomed Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon TD to Meath to the official opening of Co. Meath VEC's E-Learning Day in Ratoath College, Jamestown, Ratoath.
Ratoath College is one of the nine post primary schools in County Meath VEC. Yesterday’s launch saw Ratoath College along with Microsoft and other companies demonstrate the application of cloud computing in the school setting. This type of technology is being brought in to deliver the infrastructure of ‘21st Century Learning’ in schools. Cloud computing enables educators and learners from different counties and indeed countries to work collaboratively on projects and learn from one another.
Deputy Regina Doherty welcomes this 21st Century Learning as it ‘allows knowledge to be transferred and accessed by even the smallest school…they have the ability to access the same resources as their colleagues in different, larger institutions through technology like video conferencing.’
‘This is a great boost from Meath VEC, students today are so tuned in with technology in this day and age that it is great to see it playing such a huge role in their education.’
Meath VEC is at the forefront of the innovative use of ICT in education and the students of Meath are benefitting greatly as a result.
Minister Ciaran Cannon TD congratulated Meath VEC on their forward thinking in relation to teaching and learning.
‘Today provides an excellent opportunity for Meath VEC to showcase its significant achievements in the integration of ICT in teaching and learning. I congratulate the VEC on its successful partnerships with industry which has brought additional expertise, resources and supports to its schools, its teachers and its students.’
Deputy Regina Doherty also welcomes the Department of Educations’ ICT Schools Programme as part of this ‘21st Century Learning’. Over the next few years the Department will focus on the ICT infrastructure in Schools; the roll out of phase 2 of the schools Broadband Scheme; Development of teacher skills; provision of curriculum relevant digital content.
‘With this type of technology being introduced into schools and students being educated and taught in such a modern innovative way, we are giving our children the best possible start to their adult education.’

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