Mayo teacher Evelyn O’Connor from Ballyhaunis will join legendary Hollywood producer, Lord David Puttnam, on the stage at EXCITED, The Digital Learning Festival, which takes place in Dublin Castle on the 30th and 31st of May.
The English teacher who teaches in Mount St. Michael Secondary School, Claremorris, has just been announced as one of the keynote speakers at the two-day festival which is the flagship event of EXCITED, The Digital Learning Movement, an Irish born global movement for innovation and inspiration in digital learning.
Evelyn joins a stellar line-up of world-class leaders in education, technology, and enterprise with other guests such as Marty Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone; Rene Tristan Lidiksen, Managing Director of LEGO Education Europe , Tricia Kelleher, Head of the Stephen Perse Foundation in the UK and columnist with The Guardian newspaper and Mike Feerick, CEO, Alison.com, will also be speaking.
Evelyn who describes herself as passionate about digital media, blended learning, and gluten-free chocolate cake, is no stranger to the podium. She has spoken at CESI, INOTE and Congregation ’13. And in 2012 she won Teacher of the Year.
National Digital Strategy
EXCITED, The Digital Learning Festival is unique in that a primary emphasis will be on the young people in attendance. Their feedback from intensive breakout sessions discussing the National Digital Strategy for Schools at the festival will be fed directly into the National Digital Strategy.
Mayo woman, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, PhD researcher with the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, will facilitate the event which, as well as panel discussions will feature breakout sessions for all attendees with the speakers.
Speaking about EXCITED, Minister for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon said: “The key aim of EXCITED is to determine how we best use technology to inspire our young people and to use both teacher and student experience to chart the way forward for digital learning.
“This two-day festival will encourage our students to participate in discussions and add their opinion to the debate. In consultation with teachers, young people and leaders in enterprise and academia we will chart the way forward for the future of digital learning thus ensuring a solid base from which to launch the next phase of Ireland’s economic growth.”
A large attendance from those in the education, technology and enterprise sectors is expected, however, a limited number of tickets are available and these admit one person for both days. Tickets are €25 and are available at www.excited.ie