Interview with Séamus Ryan of Meath VEC on Microsoft’s Innovative Schools Programme.
In our latest podcast we have interviewed Seamus Ryan, Education Officer, Meath VEC. Seamus has been working with Meath VEC since the mid 1970s and has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator. In this podcast we learn how Seamus introduced the Microsoft Innovative Schools Programme to Dunshaughlin Community College. Seamus emphasises the focus on teacher professional development in the programme and the access staff have gained to quality continuous professional development. He also highlights the CPD staff engaged in around the issue of educational change with such gurus as Michael Fullan and John West-Burnham and more recently their work with St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Seamus stresses the fact that staff conversations focused on learning and they discussed the need for change in all staff curriculum planning days. He finishes with an illustration of how students in Longwood are linking to Dunshaughlin via distance learning for Leaving Certificate Chemistry (for more check out the Meath VEC channel on Youtube). We have already decided to go back for a further podcast on the topic of laptops in the very near future. We hope you enjoy the podcast.