Digital Schools of Distinction is a flagship programme which aims to promote, recognise and encourage excellence in the use of technology in primary schools. Schools that successfully complete the 3 step programme will receive a nationally recognised Digital School of Distinction Award, accredited by the Dept. of Education. To date only 336 primary schools out of the 3,305 primary schools in Ireland have achieved this award.
St. Kilian's Junior School applied for validation in the Digital Schools of Distinction Award, and the validation visit took place on Monday February 5th 2017 when Dr. Daithí Ó Murchú came to visit us. Our staff and pupils showcased their digital work, their internet safety skills, internet project work, technology skills and digital camera work. Dr.Ó Murchú was taken through some of the digital work going on in the school, interactive whiteboard work, laptop and ipad use, digital camera work, visualisers, filming, sensory room digital technologies and coding work in our computer room. He saw individual work, paired work, group work and whole class use of our technologies. Saint Kilian's Junior School is now a Digital School of Distinction and we received our award in May 2017.
St Kilian's JNS participated in Safer Internet Day 2018 on Tuesday 7th February. We revisited our internet safety rules and all children were delighted to receive their internet safety bracelets.
At St. Kilians we are particularly proud of our "Coding Initiative". We have a team in second class who have been working hard to produce their projects for the annual Scratch competition. The team is acting as tutors to children in their classes during their computer time and facilitating their classmates in working with Scratch. See the members of our coding team 2018 below, Mark Widel, Mark Prior, Jessica O'Leary, Cameron Roche-Byrne, Brian Bradley, Matthew Anderson, Marcin Pirog, Jamie Byrne, Isabelle Corcoran, Ella Burke, Eryk Sawicki and Lucie Byrne
Our digital camera project is also working really well. All classes submitted their best photo to the annual Maths Eyes Competition. We were delighted to have three winners in the national competition this year, Evie O'Connor in Junior Infants, Aoibheann Wright in Senior Infants and Glenn Keogh in First Class. The children will receive their awards at a ceremomy shortly.
The thumbnails below show our coding team, children using their technologies, scratch certificate winners and some junor infants and some second class children showing the clock they helped to make which uses two potatoes to power it! click to enlarge