of the usefulness of OILS with
Mother of Fair Love School
Brennan the project leader along with Peter Donohoe, the Principal
originally submitted a SIP proposal to investigate the usefulness
of a citrix metaframe network running OILS software across
the school. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the implementation
of the project was severely delayed. In that time, Michael
and the school were beginning to doubt the validity of installing
the citrix metaframe across the school as the technical backup
was not available locally and not all teachers were interested
decided to install a 10 PC NT network across two classrooms
instead. The students using the software are between 13 and
16 years of age. They all have a mild general learning disability.
software program allows students to learn numeracy and literacy
skills at their own pace. It is a software programme that
is content rich. The programme monitors the progress of individual
students. It can then determine what level of exercise to
present the student with next. There is also a management
facility that the teacher can use to monitor students progress
and or direct them to alternative exercises.
of the project, the class teachers Michael Brennan and Shelia
Herlihy are endeavouring to develop pedagogical strategies
for using this software with special needs pupils. Both teachers
have been given customised training from SiR, the providers
of the Global Mathematics and Global English integrated software.
Michael has received personalised training on the use of NT
4 in his school. Each student in both classrooms uses the
software for approximately 20 minutes a day. There have been
technical problems with the PCs, the network and the SiR software.
Michael finds that some days he will spend more time sorting
out IT problems in both his and Shelia's room rather that
focusing on the learning experiences of the students. Understandably
this has frustrated him greatly. Shelia, Michael and the students
are on the beginning of a steep learning curve. Click
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