iPad in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh


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Background

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh has invested considerably in its ICT provision to be a leader in ICT skills attainment & development for our pupils.

A considerable amount of content to pupils is developed and delivered by Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh teachers through iCloud & Google Apps.  Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh staff use iPads & Macbooks to share content with pupils and communicate with them to provide a 24/7 workflow environment.  iPad nurtures creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking in our students – essential skills as we prepare them to live and work in a modern society.

iPad online Store

Compu b PanelPurchase Your iPad through Compu b Here (call school for password)

All pupils are enabled users on Microsoft Exchange & Google Docs, providing them with a school based email account, calendar, task-manager etc.  Each pupil is capable of emailing any staff member or the Principal and vice-versa.
Our pupils and parents have access to the following;

  • VSWare
  • Google Apps & Google Classroom
  • Edmodo
  • iTunes U
  • Google Docs
  • Showbie
  • iBooks Author
  • Microsoft 365
  • Explain Everything

We have moved from less dependence on textbooks since 2011.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is working closely with Apple to provide teaching resources to our pupils, in Irish, and on their iPads.  This partnership has significant advantages for our learners.

  • Staff have been trained in using iTunes U and iBooks Author and they attend regular CPD on teaching and learning using ICT.
  • PDST in Education has filmed Best-Practice videos of several teachers in the College and made them available to other schools to view.  Click Here to see these videos…….
  • Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh have Three Apple Professional Development Consultants (APDs), Two Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) and one Apple Educational Strategic Planning Consultant (ESP) working in the school as teachers.

First Years 2016

Pupils will use ebooks at school and refer to the hard-copy texts which they can leave at home to use for homework and study.

More information

An updated information leaflet, which was sent to all parents, outlines all the details about the set-up and use of iPad in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh including;

  • Training & Textbooks
  • Acceptable User Policy (AUP) and Proper & Responsible Use

Compu b PanelPurchase Your iPad through Compu b Here (call school for password)

The main advantages of this initiative are;

  • TY pupils will be able to reduce use and reliance on paper based projects and folders
  • No need to buy exam papers – saving of approximate €100
  • Calculator €20
  • Cut down on weight in bags
  • Most interactive learning resources for pupils with Dictionaries, Maps, Globes, Translators, Maths help etc.
  • Internet browser for the family
  • Highly affordable repayment options
  • Very impressive advantages for Biology, Chemistry and Physics pupils
  • Free All-Irish resources available on iTunes U – (COGG)
  • Option to lease text-books each year at a third of the price of hard-copy

Cost

  • Direct Purchase Option
  • Discounted with Education Discount & Special GCL Project Related Discount

Insurance

  • Home House Insurance Contents Cover
  • Pupil Accident Insurance
  • Gadget Insurance.ie

Advantages of iPad Initiative

  • No need to buy exam papers – saving of approximate €100
  • Calculator €20
  • Significant reduction in weight of school-bags
  • Most interactive learning resources available for pupils with Dictionaries, Maps, Globes, Translators, Maths help etc.
  • Internet browser for the family
  • Highly affordable repayment options
  • Very impressive advantages for Biology, Chemistry and Physics pupils

Links of Interest

iPad Repair Service

Tech Star – Henry Street, Limerick. Website: http://www.techstar.ie

Limerick City
8 Henry Street
Phone: 061 467 467
E-Mail: limerick@techstar.ie

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Fix-it-Friday carry out all types of repairs on iPads and electrical equipment in general.

email info@fixitfriday.com

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Interesting Articles about iPad in Education

Apple ADE/APD

Apple have trained several of the teachers who work at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.  Click Here for more information on this training.