Kilcoe National School
Skibbereen, Co. Cork
We are delighted to announce that Kilcoe NS was awarded the status of Digital School of Distinction in November 2015 becoming only one of 150 schools in Ireland to hold this prestigious award.
The Digital Schools of Distinction Award is an award programme launched by the Minister for Education in 2013 which promotes, recognises and encourages best practice in the use of technology in primary schools. The award has been developed to help schools to further integrate technology into the classrooms by providing a pathway and resources for schools who are seeking to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into their teaching and learning.
Pupils and staff at the school underwent a rigorous application process to achieve this coveted award. In October 2015, the school was inspected by a Digital Schools of Distinction validator approved by the Department of Education. The validator then submitted a report to the Digital Schools of Distinction committee for review, after which, the school was awarded the title of Digital School of Distinction.
This initiative is sponsored by HP Ireland and Microsoft Ireland. As a result of achieving the Digitial Schools award, our school will receive a new wireless printer and free printing for the year. This award recognises the time effort and money in the development of a digital culture in Kilcoe NS and the development of both pupils and teachers digital literacy.
We will hold an awards ceremony next month where we will unveil our new Digital schools of distinction plaque.
Well done everyone!
ICT is a huge part of life in our school and we committed to boardening the children’s learning opportunities through the area of ICT.
Our school website was chosen by Scoilnet as a star site in 2014 Read here
Each class has a blog which can be viewed under the blogs tab on the homepage.
Over the last two years the school has heavily invested in educational software in the curricular ares of maths, literacy and Irish.
Each classroom is equipped with an interactive white board, projector, visualizer, laptop and age appropriate software.
The school has also increased its ICT infrastructure by purchasing ipads for special needs children.
RTE visited our school in January 2015 and 2 of our children travelled to the RTE studios in Dublin to take part in a quiz show. As part of the experience they were given a tour around RTE studios and saw the use of technology used in television
From this experience the children in our school went on to make their own video for the Irish Pride video competition
In the last number of years the school has been involved in e-twinning as the school was involved in the Comenius programme.
The school was been involved in a number of projects that requires an increased competence level in ICT skills ie powerpoints, photostory etc.