Sixth year higher level English students on a recent visit to the Lime tree theatre in Mary Immaculate college, Limerick.
On Thursday 22nd September, the Leaving Certificate Biology and Agricultural Science students from Desmond College travelled to Killarney National Park where they participated in a Ecology study as part of their Leaving Cert course.
The students got to experience first hand what it would be like to be an ecologist through carrying out their own field study.
They used a variety of apparatus to collect and identify a large quantity of flora and fauna. They used mammal traps to catch voles and mice and measured a number of different abiotic factors that influence the particular species present in the habitat.
This is an excellent trip in preparation for both the Biology and Agricultural Science leaving certificate exam.
A well deserved break for some of Desmond College’s Leaving Cert students on their Ecology Trip to Killarney National Park.
Niamh Liston, Roisin Nolan,Orla Wrenn, Emma Herbert and Sinead Leahy enjoying Killarney National Park.
Micheal Collins and Claire Mortell examine how Deer are adapted to their environment.
Chloe Collins, Shannon McKenna, Meaghan Hartigan and Hannah Barrett examine the species present in the habitat using a quadrat.
Jason Byrnes gets up close and personal with a vole.
It’s that time of year again, when our First Year students receive their iPads equipped with the books and apps required for the year ahead.
It is no doubt that iPad education has been a tremendous success since we launched the initiative this time last year. Our students have become masters in the use of ICT and have a new respect for education.
Desmond College has shown leadership in learning through the use of technology, we have taken the steps required to become fully equipped to deliver education to our students to the highest of standards.
We have taken a professional approach to the deployment of iPads in Desmond College – we have the assistance of a company called Wriggle.
The Wriggle team have the expertise and the experience necessary to successfully integrate technology into the education environment. They are currently working with a number of the leading schools across the Country and provide outstanding 1:1 support to our students, teachers and parents.
Excitement as some First Years open their iPads that arrive in school for them.
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Desmond College Students Embrace Technology and Learning
through the launch of the new iPad Initiative.
The 31st of August saw over 70 First Year students arrive at Desmond College equipped with iPads ready to embrace learning through the recommended use of technology. Desmond College decided to launch this iPad Initiative in light of recent studies highlighting the advantages of using iPads in the classroom which include:
- Facilitates more interactive learning for students
- Students are more engaged in learning
- Encourages independent and self-directed learning
- Replaces the textbooks – no more heavy school bags
- Students are eager to embrace technology
- Provides instant access to endless supply of research
- Excellent educational apps available for all subjects
- It introduces ICT provisions for the new Junior Cycle
Along with these obvious advantages, other studies carried out by schools using iPads proved that:
- Students using iPads saw their math test scores increase 20% in one year compared to students using traditional textbooks.
- Students scored 23 percent higher on national exams than previous unequipped classes.
Based on all of this evidence and more, we are delighted that Desmond College has decided to show leadership in learning through the use of technology. To ensure a professional deployment of iPads in Desmond College we have the assistance of a company called Wriggle.
The Wriggle team has the expertise and the experience necessary to successfully integrate technology into the education environment. They are currently working with a number of the leading schools across the country and provide outstanding 1:1 support to our students, teachers and parents.
The Learning School Project, funded by Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, is an action research project undertaken by the Education Centres in Cork, West Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare.
Desmond College’s Proposal was one of seven projects chosen in the Limerick hub. The Project received strong support from Dr. Joe O’ Connell and his Team.
The Learning Schools Project seeks to:
- Develop an increased awareness of what constitutes a Learning School
- Support school-based activities promoting the on-going development of the Learning School
- Enhance the capacity of individual teachers to contribute to the Learning School
- Nurture teacher leadership in schools
Our Project Focus and Results:
- Our project focused on second year students and was later extended to third year higher maths students. Our focus of our project was on How to Improve Student Effort at Homework.
- Students were marked on their effort at homework. This resulted in a big increase in effort by all students.
- Parents reported positively on the project.
- As a result a new Homework Policy was developed and new report cards were introduced into the student journal. Effort at homework is now being recorded for all pupils.
- The Project Leaders were Deputy Principal Liz Cregan and Assistant Principal Shirley Supple Looney.
- The Project Team consisted of Class Tutors Nicola White, Marie Ryan, Carol Liston, Margaret O’Mahony, Anne Hannon and maths teacher Veronica Ryan.
Blackrock Observatory visit is a unique virtual display in the Science dome.
This year we invited Gaelscoil students ,our own First Year Science students and 5th year Physics students to the presentations.
As part of Desmond College’s ongoing commitment to best educational practice and opportunity for learning, we are delighted to announce that we are half way through our pilot project on Homework with all our Second Years.
It will run for another four weeks after mid-term break. The focus has been on improving and evaluating students’ efforts at HOMEWORK. The Learning Schools Team and all teachers have been working hard to ensure that students improve their motivation towards homework and thus benefit in their academic performance.
As always the success of students commitment depends on parental support. It is invaluable and greatly appreciated with the focus firmly on encouraging best on-going homework practice that can be used far beyond the pilot scheme.