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Control Technology Empowering Minds (SIP005)
This project explored and implemented a programme for the use of control technology with primary school children.
18 months
Lead Organisation
St Patrick's College, Dublin 9
Project Aims
  • To establish a framework to implement and maintain a collaborative learning community for the development of control technology at primary level.
  • To provide an opportunity for children to become designers through the use of Control Technology.
  • To provide for the development of concepts and skills leading to the creation of a cohesive framework and approach to using control technology across the Irish education system.
  • To establish links both nationally and internationally and develop a web site/databank of information, resources and ideas for use with control technology.
  • To improve home/school links and to develop a more relevant and meaningful approach to learning, both in school and at home.
  • To provide children with the opportunity to create external structures with which to facilitate conceptual development.
  • To enable children to develop their problem solving strategies and skills at their own pace and in their own way.
  • To provide the children with a means of controlling their environment with technology and improving their confidence and self-esteem in the future use of such systems.
Indicative Outcomes
  • Teachers and pupils externalise their thinking and reflect on what they are doing and how they are learning ie, thinking about how they think.
  • Teachers and pupils learning with technology, not about technology.
  • Exploration and development of wide-ranging cross curricular integration.
  • Fostering long-term links and co-operation between home and school.
Participating Schools
Clontubred National School, Co. Kilkenny
St Brigids National School, Dublin 15
City Quay NS, Dublin 2
St Finian's National School, Co. Dublin
Kill NS, Co. Kildare
Dominican Convent Primary School, Co. Dublin
Stokane NS, Co. Sligo
St. Joseph's NS, Co. Kildare
St Patrick's SNS, Dublin 15
Kilvemnon NS, Co. Tipperary
Redeemer Boys National School, Dundalk
Holy Spirit Boys NS, Dublin 11
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Dublin 8
Further Information

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