Sunday 24 September 2017

Cyberbullying question a sign of times

THE issue of cyberbullying cropped up both higher- and ordinary-level technology papers on the final day of the exams.

Students were asked to outline two ways of protecting themselves against cyberbullying and to outline what is meant by the term "internet trolling".

On a more uplifting note, Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking skydive from space proved an exhilarating and lively topic for students sitting the higher-level paper.

As befitting a modern subject, plenty of contemporary topics cropped up at both levels.

Teacher Seamus Walshe, of the ASTI and Presentation College, Askea, Carlow, said students were happy overall with how it had gone yesterday.

Higher-level students were asked to identify two key properties required of the composite material used in the manufacture of the helmet worn by Baumgartner.

An earlier question related to a unique silicone rubber invented by Irish woman Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh and named by 'Time' magazine as "one of the best inventions of 2010".

"It was a testing paper, but it was fair and it certainly wasn't predictable," Mr Walshe added.

Irish Independent

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