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The vision for the Information Age Towns programme is to have all sectors in selected towns collaborating and interacting together, through the use of ICT, and working towards achieving the common goal of making these towns guiding forces in the advancement and implementation of ICT concepts. The community, business, education and public sectors are all involved.

SIP has co-ordinated a number of education-related projects in Ennis, Kilkenny and Dundalk, full details of which are listed here

Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools (SIP055)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Kilkenny Information Age Ltd, Kilkenny
Summary: Kilkenny Information Age Town was established in order to position Kilkenny at the forefront of ICT developments and to create an awareness of and competency in ICT across all sectors. Eight separate SIP projects were undertaken involving 19 schools. See individual projects for more information.
Further Information: Detailed project description
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Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools - WRITE (Writing and Reading with Information Technology in Education) (SIP055A)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Kilkenny City Vocational School, Kilkenny
Summary: Aimed at first year post-primary students with literacy and numeracy difficulties, this project sought to develop an ICT resource centre for educationally disadvantaged children.
Further Information: Detailed project description
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Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools - Datalogging in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (SIP055B)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny
Summary: A project that explored the use of datalogging equipment within the science subjects and sought to give students an idea of how industrial scientists work.
Further Information: Detailed project description
Project Website

 

Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools - Kilkenny: Then and Now (SIP055C)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: St Kieran's College Secondary School, Kilkenny
Summary: A multimedia project that focused on the history of Kilkenny by examining its architectural and archaeological heritage.
Further Information: Detailed project description
Project Website

 

Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools - Technical Studies Instructional Video (SIP055D)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Kilkenny College, Kilkenny
Summary: This project involved the production of an instructional video to assist in the use of ICT in students' project work.
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools - Integrating ICT into the Teaching of Foreign Languages (SIP055E)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Meánscoil Na mBráithre Chriostaí, Kilkenny
Summary: This project investigated the feasibility of using video conferencing with a twinned school in France with a view to providing greater opportunities for speaking French in a "live" context.
Further Information: Detailed project description
Project Website

 

Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools - Practical Use of ICT in a Transition Year Programme (SIP055F)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny
Summary: This project explored how ICT could be integrated into the Transition Year curriculum, as well as assessing the subject areas and topics where ICT would be suitable in the Junior and Leaving Cert programmes.
Further Information: Detailed project description
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Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools - Investigation of the Usefulness of Integrated Learning Systems in Special Education (SIP055G)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Mother of Fair Love, Kilkenny
Summary: OILS (Open Integrated Learning System) was provided to all pupils with special educational needs to give them the advantage of ICT-aided learning.
Further Information: Detailed project description
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Title: Kilkenny Information Age Schools - Kilkenny Archival Project (SIP055H)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation:
Summary: A collaborative project where all schools involved in the project designed and created individual websites.
Further Information: Detailed project description
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Title: Ennis Information Age Schools (SIP058)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Anne Walshe, Clare Education Centre, Ennis
Summary: This SIP project brings together six primary schools and two special schools in Ennis, Ireland's Information Age Town. The schools worked together to investigate the challenges that face schools when they have an abundance of ICT equipment. See individual projects for more information.
Further Information: Detailed project description
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Project Website

 

Title: Ennis Information Age Schools - Recipe Collection (SIP058A)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: St Anne's School, Ennis
Summary: Students aged 12-14 years of age compiled a collection of the favourite recipes of Ennis's most famous people.
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

Title: Ennis Information Age Schools - Survive in Europe (SIP058B)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Scoil Chríost Rí, Ennis
Summary: Students prepared "Factfiles" about their culture and lifestyles and exhanged this information with schools in Denmark, Scotland and Portugal.
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

Title: Ennis Information Age Schools - Our Local Trees (SIP058C)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Holy Family Senior School, Ennis
Summary: Sixth class students produced a multimedia presentation that described local trees and provided tips to help students recognise these trees in the locality.
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

Title: Ennis Information Age Schools - Language and Communication (SIP058D)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: St Clare's School, Ennis
Summary: Hyperstudio has been used to produce personal software for pupils with language and communication difficulties. The use of visual and auditory stimuli with instant feedback from the touchscreen was particularly important.
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

Title: Ennis Information Age Schools - Ceolaire (SIP058E)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg, Co. Clare
Summary: A multimedia, audio-visual, online music teaching programme which was developed by a working party from the school including parents and teachers.
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

Title: Ennis Information Age Schools - Teddy on Tour (SIP058F)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Holy Family Junior School, Ennis
Summary: Five-week project during which teddies were exchanged between two local schools. In each school, children took turns to entertain the visiting teddy and the teddy's experiences were recorded and emailed to the home classroom.
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

Title: Ennis Information Age Schools - Creating Poetry (SIP058G)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: Ennis National School, Co. Clare
Summary: A school poetry competition in which all entries had to be submitted by email (from home or from the school).
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

Title: Ennis Information Age Schools - Birdwatch Project (SIP058H)
Duration: 18 months
Lead Organisation: CBS Ennis, Ennis
Summary: A nature project which focused on the birds living and visiting the locality. Children drew pictures, recorded footage with a camcoder, talked to older people about birds in their time, and created a website to house the resources gathered and created.
Further Information: Detailed project description
Project Website

 

Title: Dundalk Learning Network (SIP059)
Duration: 2 years (ongoing)
Lead Organisation: John Rust/Dundalk Learning Network, Dundalk
Summary: Dundalk Learning Network involves the use of web-based technologies to enhance communication between 17 local schools and between the schools and the wider community. The backbone of the project is a core of innovative technology solutions, housed in a framework called Wired for Learning, which is tailored specifically to address local needs.
Further Information: Detailed project description

 

 
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