It’s great to hear about schools who take it upon themselves to be involved in worthwhile and innovative projects. The following is a news release from Jim O’Sullivan from O’Sullivan Software Solutions, which outlines a really cool Web 2.0 project taken on by ten schools in Co. Clare.
“Teachers from eight Primary and two Secondary schools in Co. Clare have been taking part this week in workshops in Clare Education Centre and St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla on how to use the latest Web 2.0 applications like blogs, photo galleries and Skype and other open source tools for teaching and learning. Some of them will also be managing their own web sites using the latest developments in content management tools which allow non-specialist users to generate and publish their own content online. This means that school web sites can be kept up to date with the latest school news including sports results, project work and other news from the school.
This initiative is part of the SoRuraLL project http://www.sorurall.eu/ , a 2 year European Commission sponsored project which is investigating how schools and other educational bodies in rural parts of Europe can use the latest developments in internet technologies to break down barriers and access educational opportunities. SoRuraLL involves partners in Greece, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria and Poland as well as Ireland and next June the participating Clare schools will vote to select the Clare school project that best represents the work carried out by the Clare schools to represent them at the SoRuraLL conference being held in Patras, Greece in September 2010.
The Schools involved in this project are St Mochulla’s National School Tulla, St Josephs Secondary School Tulla, Kilbane national School Broadford, Moveen National School, Moyasta National School, St John Bosco, Community College Kildysart, Crusheen National School, Chriost Ri National School Cloughleigh Ennis and Feakle National School.”
Well done to all schools. Jim informed me that the schools will be adding lots of content to their new blogs and web sites. When they do, I’d love to add them my ever-growing “Schools that Blog” list!