College launches digital era of learning

October 30th, 2019 5:45 PM

By Southern Star Team

Checking out the Wriggle Roadcaster is Sharon Crosbie, a student at Kinsale College. (Photo: Jim Coughlan)

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AT Kinsale College, educational technology has been stepped up to a whole new level.

This autumn, with the support of Cork ETB and Microsoft, new software and digital devices have been introduced.

It’s the first College of Further Education in Munster to roll out a range of Microsoft digital technologies which are giving students and teachers access to enhanced opportunities for learning, teaching and assessment.

For example, teachers can use a hand-held device called a ‘Surface Go’ to record, expand and enrich lessons. Everyone has access to Microsoft Office 365 which helps with communication and collaboration.

Instead of standing at the front of a class and hoping that the material on display will hold the interest of the students, teachers can be anywhere in the room and the technology will allow them to create a more immersive lesson which is accessible and inclusive.

They’ve just launched the rollout of this new wave of technology and invited key stakeholders to come and experience it for themselves. Wriggle Ireland, the company carrying out the training with college staff had a specially designed bus onsite that day (the Wriggle Technology Bus) where guests got to try out all the innovative new digital tools.

The college was very grateful to three of their students/former students who agreed to speak at the launch. Christopher Good, Sharon Crosbie and Diane Junio told the audience about their experiences at Kinsale College and how they benefited from their time there.

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