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an in-depth interview with its co-inventor, the remarkable Jay Silver. The Ireland’s Future is MINE programme sees Microsoft and RTEjr team up to launch Our feature article this issue, by Gavin Ward, the a new national digital competition for Primary Managing Director and skills VP of Dell Technologies in Schools using Minecraft Education Edition. Ireland, considers the lessons learned over the past 18 months in the implementation of education technology policy in Ireland and looks to the future Bandon Grammar’s Trevor Collins introduces us to school activity planning using of the digital classroom. Google Calendar. Maeve Power from digital safety experts, Zeeko, briefs us on the results of their Digital Trends Report which includes insights into students’ screen time over the past year. Holly Murray discusses how Microsoft and Google TEL tools can help enhance learning for students with dyslexia and those with EAL. EU Code Week from the 9th-24th October, is a grassroots initiative which celebrates coding and digital literacy with a host of fun and engaging activities for schools. To complete this issue, in our regular Makerspace section, Chris Reina creates a simple arcade game using Microsoft Makecode. I hope Exploring EdTech will continue to help and inspire teachers, leaders, and management of our schools to make the best use of education technology to enhance and develop the whole school community. My sincerest thanks go to our writers who, under constant pressure of the "day job", manage to find time to write for this magazine, and without whose support there would not be anything to publish! Please feel free to contact me with any ideas and suggestions. Tim Lavery FRCGS FLS, Editor, September 30th, 2021


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Jason Ward, Vice President and Managing Director of Dell Technologies in Ireland Over the last 18 months, teachers and students across the country have embraced technology at unprecedented speed. Despite some initial challenges, this experience has given us a glimpse into the potential of the ‘digital classroom’ and how technology can enhance teaching and learning for years to come.


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Exploring EdTech Ireland #3 2021 that no one is left behind. how to build on the gains of the past year and address any inequalities or barriers to digital transformation that This need will only become more arise. pronounced over the coming months as primary, second and third level The education institutions continue sector in to Ireland rely has on never been to better technology navigate poised the changes to take in advantage public health of restrictions the benefits that of we digital are transformation. Working together to now seeing. harness future possibilities will help to create a more initiatives, resilient, inclusive, Government such as and the creative landscape that Next Steps education for Teaching and Learning empowers prepares project and educators the Digital and Strategy for students which for the is ‘digital first’ world will of Schools in development today and tomorrow. take lessons from the last few months of remote learning into account. This will AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAA


Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 has to be learned so what’s the best

from electrical engineering to doing a Silver delivery mechanism? And that's the

MA of Philosophy in Internet right question: “what's the best delivery Technology!? mechanism?” Jennifer McGarry

Jay: Weird, right? Well, I think I was But the question ends up being like, really trying to do psychology as I think Following on from my delivery last article looking at getting started “well, we already know the that education as a field really doesn’t with Makerspaces and, in particular, looking at the mechanism, so how should we structure exist without psychology as a field, so I capabilities of the circuit board the “Makey Makey”, I was the information?” And I feel like think education is really a question of education is stuck in some local lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat with one of the “how do humans work?” And I don't maximum and perhaps we need to inventors of so the “Makey Makey”, Jay Silver. Jay kindly took think people approach it [education] as return to human developmental theory, some time out of his day to chat about what inspired his “how do humans work?” perhaps under the umbrella of how he views the world as a creation of the Makey Makey, education. construction kit, the importance of an awareness of nature in We kind of approach it from the point AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA his work and some tips for getting started with a AAAAAAAA Makerspace! We began with a discussion of what doing a

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Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 about being think is really motivated important. by awareness Getting students to think about how they of nature around you. I think people, think too, which I think the Makey and I know I’m generalising here, can Makey does really well, is also super get so stuck in their day to day way of important. being and maybe don't really have that chance to step out of themselves. Jay: I nature think thinking about how with we And can perhaps help think that. is like the next evolution in cognition as a human. Our next operating system as such!! You've got The idea of actually recognizing and this machine whirring around and you treating everyday objects as Nature so know, it's a biological machine - it's not that we can approach it with all of quite a machine, but you pop out of that our instinctual ways of from learning, is and look at the machine within really interesting. Could huge, you maybe the machine. It bears huge advantages in more terms about of empathy, in explain a bit that please terms of self understanding, in terms of and maybe what it means? self betterment. And I mean, if everyone does self betterment then society is so Jay: Yeah, I'm obsessed with this idea of much better off as a whole! being immersed in nature! And when you said that being in nature lets you Jennifer: Yes, I agree that it’s pop out of yourself - or whatever it was important you said! - to I actually be able don't to reflect think that on being in nature is a special state, I think yourself and what’s going on around AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAA


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Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 starter when you're in the class with But it’s like you said, once you see it, your pupils! you can't unsee it. You don't always have to see things way. [Jay You walks also Jay: Absolutely it is. that Yeah… can go into your default mode. off to get a picture from the wall] Sometimes you're just riding your bike to get somewhere, sometimes you're just Jennifer: Oh, that picture is on your accomplishing a task. But being able to PhD Is it and a visualisation of switch cover… mindsets look at things your idea of directions the world as a from multiple gives you construction kit? more 3D view of reality.

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And we watch them interacting with the I find challenging is fitting it Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 all in! world. The Irish primary curriculum is quite dense, the education system itself is Sometimes I take something interesting quite complex; I'm not sure what it's like, and you'll see this in some of my like in Florida, so getting the balance talks, like snow or pollen. And it's not right can be a bit challenging... just snow or pollen. They’d do it with a wire. They do it with dirt. They do it Jay: Well, teachers are all trying their with everything. They don't know what hardest and most of the kids are doing it is and they don't have a preconceived their best given don't the circumstances. So notion. They have a notion!! how can ready we work within in this system They're and they're a playful that and someday state we and have they're open, highly hopefully open, to supersede the way things find out what things do. work They now test or if else it enough, so that it'ssand reform is for eating! Every kid tries it modified but that the good stuff stays? because they don't know what things are for. Well things are changing all the time. I mean, I no longer have to tell a teacher, And so that's a great place to start but “Oh hey, also you like really a should do project there's hundred other based learning. how all great it is.” techniques. But Look they're sideways, Teachers are you're like, showing “Project someone based right? Because learning is it’s great, I want to do thing it. I just a toddler, not the same as need the time and the resources. Can telling somebody, “OK, now think about you help me to get it going?” the world differently.” It's a glimpse into the experience of what is going on in this toddler's mind right now. To improve our systems, I think we need to use some human wisdom and recognise that what we have is half good Jennifer: Yeah, that’s a great and half needs improvement. And the approach - giving an example of more we can slide in things that work toddlers and focusing on how they are with the existing system but slowly the constructors of what they are make them obsolete, parts of it obsolete, discovering. Giving the time and so that we get a more of a balance. space for discoveries to be made is so AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAA


g EdTech Ireland #4 2021 sured students not based on correct ents have to think for themselves wers on tests? What if we just put out n. So it comes back again to that e paper and measured how many , what do we want students doing? tions do people have? And I mean, at is the best approach to getting a joke and it's not a joke. It's for one ents think because about right how away, they g, very to serious k? eaching style would change. I think hers would be a lot more freed up to If you could freeze time and open h the way they want, if that were the student's mind and look at it, what Now, if the test, if there is still a would you want it in? And I mean, stakes test that only had questions answer is only probably a diversity of t, I mean had blank spaces to at different not probably just one e s questions on times, it. That . ldn't end up in a perfect scenario, so not serious that that's all we need. I am serious that we might want to the state of posing a question and things at how that many come questions before; the sible ents are asking. steps that come before posing AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAA


Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 separate from analysis, and then your what normal happens space. right You after a question is posed. Is that it? Are might use stations if you want some they done!? No, there's a whole epilogue separation. And I think stations, to that question. whether it's separate or not, is maybe the best tip I have. And so that series of events is exactly the kind of thing (not the only thing), A station is a physical space where there but certain are it's exactly tools the and kind materials of thing set that up you wish a student would be going together, and sometimes you don't have through. space to have them already set enough up. You might have a peg board, or you might have a bunch of project boxes Jennifer: Yeah. And then it kind of with a set of tools in them that all relate leads to those serendipitous to a certain activity inside of them. discoveries, which can be really cool...

Tool sets very or material sets that can be Jay: Yes, cool…and when someone taken out information and put away allow you to takes in in a heightened have multi-use stations. So a station is a state of awareness, like in a central place discovery, where people are serendipitous like who you just interested can come there and they can said… there's lots of heightened states participate in the activities. And if of awareness, but let's just take there's more than one person there at serendipitous discovery. Someone takes the information same time, then not they in that way: only can are communicate that it, activity. they unlikely about to forget it's not They just can see what each other is doing. about remembering and forgetting, it's more likely that they’ll meld it into The whole idea of stations is very much their knowledge tree and into all kinds common sense. It's not really a huge of places and start using it. insight; if you only had stations, tool combinations, material combinations; Jennifer: And would you have any well then you have a maker space! There suggestions that would help people to is no maker space too small. The corner set up a place for such discoveries to of your classroom is good enough. So at be made, such a makerspace area first I would say; as don't be intimidated. for example? The stuff you like to make is a great AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAA


g EdTech Ireland #4 2021 e redoing it as web software. ple think 3D printers are what will be designed for Chromebooks, erspaces are about, or robots or nes. y any laptop or device, although the And I mean, drones are super rollout I have a won't drone be and optimized I like drone for ography. ces. But making is not about nes. It’s not about robots or 3D ters. It’s not first even iteration about coding. nifer: So the of it I coding. I think coding is a really nded for it to be a physical device, part of making, but you don't need ctual console? o any of those things.

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recommend managed by a systems staff Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 member that work with an at average level of ICT skills? classroom level to all staff.

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Our a infrastructure Such system exists, and is based the system on isa Schools are desktop busy Infrastructure places and managing time is a key available to all schools, while this might bespoke, Virtual requirement for all school managements. What if there was a sound too good to be true and an advert system which enables central managing, for Google, storing, way to plan all school activities remotely, communicate these securing, but the and point updating of this article of all is not about promoting one company user accounts. details to staff, enable pupil lists on all notifications and allow over another, it is about sharing best staff to view school activities from any smart device? practice. After all, if we can do it, The process we are discussing in then this so can you! Let us share a bit of practice article is independent of any ICT that works. system. We use the GSuite / Google Workspace for Education. Every student Background Background and teacher have a school email account. Our internal email coordinator has set up based on various Ours groups is a mixed secondary school of criteria. (Student groups / teaching staff over 700 pupils. We have both boarders / all staff ) and day pupils. We have invested in ICT infrastructure and have an active Day-to-day activities Day-to-day activities ICT department who examine new technology to help with teaching and learning. We schools, operate ours a active ‘from from the Like so many AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAA


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Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 activities calendar used screencastify to show staff how activities calendar to organise and plan online meetings. This calendar is now shared with all Google calendar became an integral part teaching, admin, catering, and sport of the school process. staff. Every staff member can post up details of an activity that they are What the calendar does What the calendar does undertaking. Staff can use their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC to view the calendar through the calendar The class calendars became a repository on their school If Gmail account. Many of information. students wished to teachers the synced to find out have details of calendar their classes, they their smartphone calendar. simply went to the calendar. It became a one-stop shop for all info. The students were no longer inundated with too What can they see: many emails. The system became simpler. Start time Finishing time Post-lockdown, staff still noticed Details of the our activity (Descriptor) busy inboxes with many emails that did Match / Field trip etc. not really relate to them. We needed to The teacher bringing the students do something to cut down on the Location / Room number number of emails. The staff can upload a group of the students on this activity. (Important for The thought process of those who steer attendance purposes) policy felt that any email from management should be read, staff Where it is important Where it is important should direct queries to the relevant, specific staff so that we could make Day-to-day: Admin staff / school better use of teachers’ time. secretaries can see when teams are training in the afternoon and who is We decided to promote the use of a taking them. (Very useful when a parent School Timetable and Activity calendar rings in to pass a message that they may to late highlight non-classroom be to collect their son or activities daughter that are part of school life. when they cannot contact them by AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAA


g EdTech Ireland #4 2021 unts will help. The lead person lementing the calendar will need to purposes. Students on school-based e the can calendar with the relevant vities be checked against the can be list done by those sharing with y . This attendance for marked mail address or by providing a link. nt. want to make sure that only the vant people can access the calendar. nning: Since the information is now GDPR in purposes, it is way, easier clashes, if the lable a visual in person in the school could create laps and possible conflicts can now aff group of emails and only share een well in advance thus giving staff calendar (with editing rights) to this opportunity to change activities to p. imise disruption. Buses bookings be double-checked to avoid possible akes for staff is key and the allocation me during Croke Park meetings will uptions: any school who are Teachers can considering see when pting a system such as this. For staff ents may leave class for activities. are unfamiliar with Google ndar, it will take a bit of time. Once ountability: The calendar can upload an event, link it is to aa rd of what happened. There is ndar, insert has a start and finishing a list of the students away on and add a colour to help emphasise vities, so that all students are activity, you’re sorted! unted for.

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Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 management. May I ask you to consider the following to help make a great system Phase 2 of development of our better: school using the system school using the system

Provide more options of colours for events Some schools may already have shared calendars with parents. We have something Allow users to pre-set some of the default a little similar but nothing at the moment at the same level that we duration setting s for events have for internal communication with staff. create a similar Could One you goal make is it to easier to turn on/off activity-based calendar for students and notification alerts (similar to the alarms parents. We anticipate that there would on a mobile phone) be a huge overlap of information but due to GDPR we would not be Enable a system where you can sharing have a for example team lists, in a public View #1 and a View #2 option of viewing forum. the same calendar where View #1 is the master calendar, but you can stop the Lessons learned Lessons learned View #2 cannot see every activity / detail. (I know you can copy calendars but this If we can do it, then so can you! suggestion is more about ease of use!) For us in education, this would mean I could share the one calendar will the full school Ours is a busy school, we need accurate community but something bus list information available, and like it a must be can only be viewed internally. easily accessible. Thank you, Google, for making this happen. Thanking you in advance, Wishlist From an admin point of view, may I describe it in the following way: Trevor Collins is the Assistant Principal at Bandon Grammar School, Cork. Dear Google, I’m an admirer of what you provide in AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAA


Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 highlighting the results of our country wide Digital Trend Report. The insights The statistics from the 2019 report give Maeve Power, Zeeko gained the questions relating to a good from insight into the behaviours of The last two years have certainly seen some changes when it screen time were as follows: young people around technology, but comes to our attitude and reliance on technology. For many we were curious as to how much has the pandemic The majority of children in primary affected those figures. How of us, both adults and children, it has been our lifeline for much schools reported spending between 1 time are young people (from 1st work, school, social interactions and more. to and 6th 2 class) hours spending per day in online front during of a screen as a result of Covid-19? weekdays.

At Zeeko, we were curious what effect this might be having on young people. Are young people spending more time To There find was out a more progressive on this increase topic we in online or responses less? Is spent the additional reliance on technology pulled the 500 amount of time from our online 2019 affecting their relationship with the internet? In particular, we Digital Trend Report and 500 from our throughout primary school years. 2020 Digital Trend Report (post March wanted to focus in on screen time to get a better sense of 2020). On the next page we present the 23% of children attending 6th class has impacted young people’s how much the pandemic results of our analysis. reported spending more than 5 relationships with screens. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAA


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Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021 the weekend has decreased from 25% Time to 21%.

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Professional one consisting Development of Ambassadors, Service for Education Teachers (PDST) and a group of leading Ministry Co-Ordinators and Pam O' Brien & Julie Power Leading Teachers teachers to disseminate supported information by a team EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement that celebrates based in the European Commission. In about EU Code Week and to encourage Ireland, Julie Power and Pam O’Brien others to get involved by planning and coding and digital literacy. The aim is to make programming are the visible organising their own activities. ambassadors more for who all, work by with participating in fun and engaging AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA activities. Creativity, problem solving, and collaboration are AAAAAAAA

at the heart of these activities. In 2020, despite the pandemic, more than 73,000 activities were organised across the EU during Code Week. Poland topped the scoreboard with more than 20,000 activities and Ireland came in 27th place with 123 activities.


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series of between 9th online and 24th hackathons October. So were far this year, there introduced in 6 are European more than countries 10,000 activities planned with Austria on top including Ireland. The first round took of the place in scoreboard each country at during the moment. Spring Ireland is in 26th place but we would 2021. love to see an improvement in that placing. classes The five Coding successful Irish already teams happening to in the classroom perfect continued work on their are solutions examples of activities that can be added over the summer and competed in the to the finals activity in map at https:// national September, where codeweek.eu/events. Mount Saint Michael Secondary School in Claremorris took first place. The If you don’t have any activities planned, winning team from each country will you could then progress check to the out European 'Learning final Bits’ under the which will 'Schools' be held during section CodeWeek. of the EU Code Week website. These comprise of You can find more information on the short videos outlining computer science hackathons at https://codeweek.eu/ concepts with more detailed lesson hackathons. plans covering different age groups and activities. Further information on Code

Week Ireland news will be In addition, are a series of shared on there the event twitter challenges specially created this year for account @CodeWeekIRL you to undertake on your own or with

your friends or colleagues. You will As you can see there are lots find all 18 EU Code Week Challenges, designed by to the EU Week team, of ways get Code involved in ambassadors, and industry at Code Week so if partners, you are https://codeweek.eu/2021/challenges. organising an event please be sure to pin it to the Code These challenges can be taken as is or Week map https:// they can be tailored to suit your own codeweek.eu/events and context. Participants are encouraged to let's get Ireland moving on take on as many challenges as possible up that scoreboard! during Code Week to fill their 'bingo cards'!


Exploring EdTech Ireland #4 2021

Chris Reina

MakerMeet develop and deliver a diverse selection of Makerled, project-based, S.T.E.A.M. workshops for students and teachers in the education, enterprise and private sectors. Each issue we will bring you a new Maker project to do at home or in school - some will be very simple while others may require specific materials. See www.makermeet.ie for more information. Our second Maker project will be a slightly more complicated game. This is suitable for ages 10+ and will require some previous coding experience. (Block-based software like Scratch is a great place to start).

Notes: Notes: If you have used Micro:bits with Microsoft’s Makecode and are ready to move on - this is the next logical step as it is a good progression to the next level of more complicated game creation. The URL to access this is: https://arcade.makecode.com. You do not need an account or hardware for this project - there is a built in simulator online which works perfectly. If you would like to purchase hardware, we have found the Brainpad Arcade to be an excellent choice. (https://www.brainpad.com/ brainpad-family/arcade/)


g EdTech Ireland #4 2021 owing pages to build the game in Makecode:

Go to: https://arcade.makecode.com >

oose “New Project” and give it a name.

he simulator will be on the left, but you can hide it if you want for moment.

ou will use the blocks under each of the categories in the middle umn. (Sprites, Controller, Game, etc.)

Choose “Scene” and “set background color to” > Choose your kground colour.

When dragging blocks out, they will “snap” into place.

Choose “Sprites” and “set mySprite to sprite ▦ of kind Player”.

Click on grey box after “sprite” and draw your own Alien!

Choose “Controller” > “move mySprite with buttons”

Once again, Choose “Sprites” and “set mySprite to sprite ▦ of kind yer”.

Click on grey box after “sprite” and now at the top, choose llery” > Choose a Duck!

Make “set mySprite to sprite ▦ of kind Player” > Change yer” to “Food”

Choose “Sprites” again > Choose “on sprite of kind Player


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13) Change 2nd “Player” to “Food” 14) Choose “Info” > “change score by 1” 15) Choose “Sprites” again. > Choose “set mySprite position to x0 y0”. (Make sure “mySprite2 2” is selected. - same as the Duck) 16) Choose “Math” > “pick random0 to 10” > right-click and Duplicate. > place in both x and y positions. 17) Change x to “0 to 160” and y to “0 to 120”. 18) Choose “Info” again > start countdown 10(s) 19) Play your game! Note that countdown resets every time the Alien gets the Duck. What’s your High Score?


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l eld scientists. Experienced Consultant, Awardin Milltown, Co. Dublin and has an interest er recently completed her Higher Diploma in Science in Computing with TUD Tallaght and is looking ng things tech, art, science and wildlife related. As Program Manager, EdTech Specialist, rd to undertaking new challenges and collaborations in the future. mologist and Publisher. s teaching her mainstream 5th class, Jennifer he Junior School’s Makerspace and Code Clubs Create Innovate: https://www.makecreateinnovate.ie/about-us t of the after-school programme. d to four learned societies including a giate Fellow of the Royal Canadian ermore, aphical Society and the Linnean Society. Jennifer is the Primary School alist with Irish company Make Create Innovate ollaborates with them to create educational Master Tutor, Microsoft Innovative Educator rces linking computational thinking and ditor of Exploring EdTech Magazine. ology to the primary school curriculum from 6th class. er @timalavery

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School and field scientists. Experienced Consultant, Awardin Milltown, Co. Dublin and has an interest Jennifer recently completed her Higher Diploma in Science in Computing with TUD Tallaght and is looking winning in all things tech, art, science and wildlife related. As Program Manager, EdTech Specialist, forward to undertaking new challenges and collaborations in the future. Entomologist and Publisher. well as teaching her mainstream 5th class, Jennifer runs the Junior School’s Makerspace and Code Clubs Make Create Innovate: https://www.makecreateinnovate.ie/about-us as part of the after-school programme. Elected to four learned societies including a Collegiate Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Linnean Society. Furthermore, Jennifer is the Primary School Specialist with Irish company Make Create Innovate and with them to create educational Intel collaborates Master Tutor, Microsoft Innovative Educator resources linking computational thinking and and Editor of Exploring EdTech Magazine. technology to the primary school curriculum from 3rd to 6th class. Twitter @timalavery https://www.worldexplorersbureau.com/timlavery Jennifer is also one of two lead coordinators with European Schoolnet on the ARETE Pilot 1 project, working with 20 teachers across several European countries to investigate the effects of augmented reality (AR) on English language attainment through the WordsWorthLearning interactive


ntly runs TeachTech Support which provides technical ng, consultancy and support to educational institutions nwide.

also 1/3 of MakerMeet IE - who deliver Maker-led, projectS.T.E.A.M. workshops nationwide to primary, secondary, level and other institutions.

eland’s only Apple Certified T3 Trainer - he has given hops to students and teachers on a wide variety of subjects. As s training to the Education, SME, B2B and Corporate sectors.

Maker - for the last 4 years Chris has been combined his tech Maker skills to devise and deliver workshops to educational isations in a wide variety of areas.

can be reached at: 087-2685020 or at: www.makermeet.ie / www.teachtech.support l: chris@makermeet.ie and @teachtech.support er: @chrisreina • @MakerMeetIE


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