Saturday 1 October 2016

Teachers get to grips with new coding course

Published 08/02/2016 | 02:30

Teachers Christine Carew and Bernie O’Driscoll from St Nessan’s Community College pictured at the Intel coding exploration day in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan
Teachers Christine Carew and Bernie O’Driscoll from St Nessan’s Community College pictured at the Intel coding exploration day in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

More than 50 teachers, who will be among the first to teach the new Junior Cycle short course in coding, spent a day exploring the subject at the Intel Ireland Campus in Leixlip, Co Kildare, over the weekend.

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Some 19 schools are participating in a pilot project in the new, optional subject, ahead of its roll-out next September.

The training programme is a collaboration between the Department of Education's Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) professional development service, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre and technology giant Intel, which has donated equipment to the schools involved.

"These digital skills are vital if Ireland and Europe are to address the coding skills shortage," said Intel Public Affairs Operations Manager Paul Phelan.

Irish Independent

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