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Tech-savvy Conaire’s pupils go mobile


Sarah Sexton, corporate affairs with Intel showing pupils their new devices at the presentation of the 2013 Inter E-schools prize to St Conaire's National School, Shannon. Photograph by John Kelly.
PUPILS at St Conaire’s are at the top of the class when it comes to using mobile technology for learning, after being awarded the Intel e-schools prize, following a competition to describe how mobile computing technology would be used in the primary school environment.

The prize allows the school to install a suite of HP Elite Pads, enhanced wireless technology and a storage device. The school will also benefit from technical support from Intel and IT company Net Communications.

The devices were presented to the school by Brendan Cannon, director of corporate affairs with Intel. He praised the school’s commitment to providing all pupils with access to the latest technology.

Mayor of Clare Pat Daly and Mayor of Shannon Michael Fleming presided at a function in St Conaire’s last week, where the school outlined its vision for the future in relation to learning in the digital age.
School principal, Peter Walsh said the technology package will have an important impact. “We are delighted to be selected as the winner of Intel eSchools 2013.

“St Conaire’s is working towards a vision of integrating ICT into everyday teaching and learning and we are proud to be an ambassador for the use of mobile technology in national schools. This prize will prepare the students for life-long learning, further education and future employment.”

Mr Cannon emphasised the importance of technology in the classroom. “Intel believes students should have access to the best learning environment and infrastructure possible, connected to ubiquitous broadband in the classroom and beyond ensuring a seamless learning experience.
“Many of the 21st century skills that our young people will require in the future are founded in and enhanced by instilling technology into the learning process.”

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