First Laurence Gilson Summer School a success

Opening night with Dr Aidan Mulkeen, Head of the Department of Education, NUI Maynooth at Gilson National School, Oldcastle, Co. Meath

The first Laurence Gilson Summer School was a great success and from the feedback we’ve had so far, enjoyed by all who attended. (Read the full report here: Report on Gilson Summer School 2012)

In what may turn out to have been the only bit of summer weather we’ll see in 2012, a

Continuing the conversation out in the sunshine – Patrick Twomey, Anna Kelly and Carmel Mulcahy

good number of people turned out to listen, debate and discuss some of the most relevant topics in education in Ireland today. All the speakers were in top form and contributed insight, experience, facts and figures as well as a host of new ideas to their audiences which were quickly taken up and thoroughly thrashed out – as is just what you would expect of a Summer School. If you missed it, you can check out some of the speakers’ presentations below.

Charles Graham Halpine Memorial Bench

Saturday night’s unveiling of the Halpine Memorial brought a touch of glamour and style to The Square with a colour party from ‘C’ Company, the 65th Reserve Infantry Battalion livening up the proceedings. The US Ambassador was represented by Lt Col Shawn Purvis USAF, the Senior Defence Attache at the Embassy.

Sunday was another glorious day and perfect for the planned ‘Walks, Talks & Field Trips’ – taking learning out of the classroom and giving visitors the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland. Botanist Kate Flood from Meath Eco Tours lead the way in Mullaghmeen, Richard McLoughlin, Conservation Architect took a tour around the buildings of Oldcastle, while Malachy Hand and Gerry Boylan brought visitors on a tour of Loughcrew Cairns and Fore Abbey. Tracey Holsgrove from Beyond the Blarney conducted a historical tour of Oldcastle which takes visitors through the days of the Famine right up to modern times.

Check out this link for more pictures of a great weekend:  Laurence Gilson Summer School May 2012

Speakers Presentations

From Gilson to Google: the changing face of education in Ireland : Keynote address by Dr Aidan Mulkeen, Head, Department of Education NUI Maynooth

A Complex Web We Weave (PPT) & Complex Web We Weave (Word Doc): Dr Ted Fleming, NUI Maynooth

Access, Equality and the Right to Learn : Anna M. Kelly, Director, Access & Lifelong Learning, UCD

Transforming Education through Teamwork & Technology : Claire Conneely, Bridge 21, TCD

Exploring Successful Actions for Inclusion in Irish Education : Dr Carmel Mulcahy, School of Education, DCU

Digital revolution or Digital Revulsion: from Google to Gilson to (Ancient) Greece : Dr Brian Donovan, TCD

The Digital Revolution: the move from teaching to learning : Dr Leo Casey, NCI

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