Nothing succeeds like success. Over the last decade, Coláiste Chiaráin has spearheaded a project, which is the envy of students nationwide. Currently, the majority of our students are equipped with new notebook or tablet computers as part of this programme. Coláiste Chiaráin is the very first post-primary school in Ireland to realize such a project on this scale. Furthermore, all our teachers are equipped with these technologies for classroom and administrative use.
Students in Coláiste Chiaráin use these computers in the classroom and at home to expand their learning opportunities beyond the traditional school walls and beyond the traditional school day, to help them open new windows on the world. Today we prepare students for their future, one that can hardly be imagined. What we do know is that critical thinking skills will be crucial to their success. Theirs is a digital world; their future will be more strongly affected by technology. Excellence in education in this, the twenty-first century, presupposes that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the curriculum.
Successful integration of technology depends on student access to technology, ongoing teacher training, and a strong infrastructure. In Coláiste Chiaráin, the technology is in daily use in all subject areas across the broad curriculum,not just for ‘Computer Studies’ per se. The introduction of eTextbooks into the classroom in 2011 has revolutionized the classroom environment and has transformed the learning dynamic. We believe that consistent and constant access by the individual learner tothe learning tool of his or her era strengthens his/her evolution as a critical thinker, thereby ensuring students’ success in the future. Our students work with their own notebooks and/ or digital tablet, which serve as their thinker’s toolbox or learning diary.
For some years, Coláiste Chiaráinhas on staff, a full-time Systems Engineer who deals comprehensively and efficiently with all technical and support issues for staff and students. Coupled with a very experienced and creative ICT Curricular Coordinator and his team, the college demonstrates our commitment to the project and excellence, going forward.