Thriving through Vlogging: Technology enhanced literacy development in post primary Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools
A Féasta Foghlama took place in Mary Immaculate College yesterday to showcase and celebrate the work of transition year students involved in a project entitled Ag Fairsingiú le Físbhlaganna: Borradh, beachtú agus buanú na Gaeilge trí theicneolaíocht i scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge. This project, funded by the Department of Education and Skills under the School Excellence Fund – Digital, explores how technology is used in innovative and creative ways to develop and enrich literacy skills.
Professor Emer Ring, Dean of Education, Mary Immaculate College, expressed great interest in the project and said “Digital technologies provide authentic opportunities for language learning and development and these valuable opportunities must be seized”.
The students drafted reports using blogs based on their work experience placement in Transition Year and used these as a basis to create vlogs. At this showcase event, an Féasta Foghlama, the vlogs were shared and celebrated by students and teachers alike.
Donncha Ó Treasaigh, Project Co-ordinator and Principal of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, said that “this is a highly effective initiative which highlights the accuracy of students’ writing skills as they research the employment options on offer to them in future years. Technology offers particular advantages to schools to enable them showcase and demonstrate the experience of students on work experience to the wider community. There is no doubt that such an initiative is a great aid towards achieving the aims of Transition Year in a contemporary manner. ”
Six post primary schools are participating in the project: Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Gaelcholáiste an Eachréidh, Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin and Coláiste Dháibhéid. Dr T.J. Ó Ceallaigh and Dr Neasa Ní Chuaig, Mary Immaculate College, are collaborating with these schools to support project design, development, implementation and assessment.
At the showcase event, T.J. and Neasa congratulated the participants on their efforts and wished them all the best for future endeavours.It is anticipated that this project which spans overs two years will continue to evolve and enrich technology enhanced language and literacy development in participating schools.
Additional information is available at the project website Digidaltaí