The Schools Broadband Exemplar Project
Learning at The Digital Hub: The Schools Broadband Exemplar Project
In 2011 The Digital Hub linked up with a local Dublin school to harness the power of technology in the classroom and in the community. The Schools Broadband Exemplar Project is helping Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount to enhance the learning experience for students and to support the technology needs of the local community.
Warrenmount already has a 100MB broadband connection, but technology alone does not create digitally empowered citizens. The Digital Hub is working closely with 14 teachers at the school - in subject areas such as maths, science and French - giving them the technical assistance, resources and support they need to become IT champions in the classroom.
The second phase of the Schools Broadband Exemplar Project commenced in August 2012.
The main focus for this academic year centres on the use of video-conferencing to connect an Honours Maths class at Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 with six students at the Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount. These six students will be able to participate in the honours level maths class and have the opportunity to take this higher level subject as part of their Leaving Certificate, which otherwise would not be available to them.
Since this project commenced technology tools have been combined with traditional teaching methods. For example blogging is now a key part of the second year English Class.
The Digital Hub is working with a number of partners on these projects, including Microsoft Ireland, TeachNet Ireland, Cisco, eircom, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Prim-Ed, DERI and Trinity College Dublin.