Information Technology

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Davitt College has experienced a revolution in innovation in the classroom in recent years. Modern information technology has transformed teaching and learning with the use of projectors, whiteboards and visualisers. ICT is firmly integrated into teaching and learning with three ICT rooms, hosting multi-media computers, complete with e-mail and internet access. Classrooms have internet access and are equipped with additional computers, data projectors and interactive whiteboards. Davitt College is a recognised test centre for European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). All Transition Year students get the opportunity to take ECDL.

European Computer Driving License (ECDL)

The European Computer Driving License ® (ECDL) is the internationally recognised qualification which enables people to demonstrate their competence in computer skills.

ECDL is designed specifically for those who wish to gain a benchmark qualification in computing to enable them to develop their IT skills and enhance their career prospects.

No prior knowledge of IT though some minimal computer skills are essential to study ECDL.

The ECDL syllabus is designed to cover the key concepts of computing, its practical applications and their use in the workplace and society.

It is broken down into seven modules, each of which must be passed before an ECDL certificate is awarded.

The aim of this course is to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and competencies in the basic functions of a personal computer and in a range of software applications. Modules include Computer Essentials, Online Essentials, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Online Collaboration and IT Security. There are seven modules in this course, each of which must be passed in order to achieve the European Computer Driving License (ECDL). Learners who achieve this certification could progress to the Advanced ECDL Modules in Word Processing and Spreadsheets.

Programming at Davitt College

Students in first year are introduced to the concept of Computer Programming and Coding and continue with these skills in Transition Year. Computer Science is present in every aspect of modern society. Correctly functioning software systems allow airplanes to fly from one city to another, give out money at the ATM and diagnose the level of glucose in your blood. Fundamental understanding of how software and computers operate and relate to everyday life is an increasingly important area of learning for students. Problem solving and computational thinking skills are developed in Davitt College as students build and create software projects using their own ideas and imagination. We also offers students who may be interested in future studies in computer science and software engineering a deeper insight into these areas.

DAVITT COLLEGE SUCCESSFULLY LINKS WITH N.U.I. GALWAY

Pictured at the Davitt College launch of the new Computer Programming Module: (front Row) Transition Year students Michael Flatley, Sean Murphy and Ross Chambers. (Back Row) Ms. Emma Nestor, ICT and Programming Teacher; Mr. Brendan Smith, NUI Galway; TY student Aoife Doyle; Ms. Bernie Rowland, Principal, Davitt College; TY student Melissa Duffy and Mr. Niall O’Connor , teacher of Maths and ICT Co-Ordinator.

Pictured at the Davitt College launch of the new Computer Programming Module: (front Row) Transition Year students Michael Flatley, Sean Murphy and Ross Chambers. (Back Row) Ms. Emma Nestor, ICT and Programming Teacher; Mr. Brendan Smith, NUI Galway; TY student Aoife Doyle; Ms. Bernie Rowland, Principal, Davitt College; TY student Melissa Duffy and Mr. Niall O’Connor , teacher of Maths and ICT Co-Ordinator.

The world of science, technology, engineering and maths continues to develop and with it the need for a skilled and talented workforce.  The role of any school is central to the development of key skills that our future generation will need.  “There is no doubt that the education of our young people from Primary school to Third-level will play a very important role in Ireland’s future prosperity and advancement,” said Ms. Bernie Rowland, Principal of Davitt College, Castlebar.  “So we are constantly enriching and enhancing the curriculum we provide here at Davitt College.

 

She was speaking at the launch of the schools new Computer Programming Module in association with the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at N.U.I. Galway.  Mr. Brendan Smith, Education Officer at N.U.I.G., will deliver a range of pioneering technology learning initiatives to students.  In turn students will be equipped with a range of skills from using mathematics to fostering critical thinking and will become “digital creators” rather than just “digital users”.  “The new Junior Cycle Programme, which schools will begin to roll out next year, aims to ensure that our students develop key skills that are necessary for lifelong learning.  It will give our students more opportunities to engage actively in their own learning and to use their clever and creative energies,” said Bernie Rowland.

 

“The new Junior Cycle Programme will include modules such as Programming/Coding and Digital Media.  With today’s launch of this new module for students we continue to lead the way in implementing new curricula which will help all of our students to excel in science and mathematics,” she said.  Mr. Brendan Smith, Education Officer with N.U.I.G., has co-ordinated an array of successful medical, environmental, digital  heritage and web science projects for schools and communities in the region over the past ten years.  He said he was delighted to be involved in teaching students at Davitt College and also training teachers who will in turn be able to facilitate future cohorts of students in Programming/Coding and Digital Media.

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