The 2017 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) will take place on Saturday 4th March at the St. Patrick’s Campus of Dublin City University. The CESI conference has always been a calendar highlight for those who are interested in integrating technology into their teaching and learning and this year promises to uphold the high standard that has been set by previous CESI events.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Making Connections: transformation through technology and teamwork”. The keynote addresses will be delivered by Prof. Brendan Tangney (Professor in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin and academic director of Trinity’s Bridge21 project) and Prof. Anne Looney (Dean of the DCU Institute of Education and former CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment).
The importance of making connections between the many participants, partners, players and pioneers at all levels of education (formal and informal) has been at the heart of CESI’s mission since its inception in 1973 (the CESI Mailing List, for instance, now has over 1600 members). It is also evident in a number of recent policy documents (such as the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning’s Roadmap For Enhancement In A Digital World 2015-2017). To this end, the conference provides a timely opportunity for the sharing of approaches, of ideas that have worked and those that have failed, and for those that are ‘works in progress’. The conference will, as ever, feature a mix of presentations and hands-on workshops, and provide opportunities to engage with educators from all levels of the Irish education system.
In addition, the conference will be preceded by the now-traditional TeachMeet CESI event, which will be held on the evening of Friday 3rd March at the Regency Hotel, Dublin 9.
Full details on this year’s conference and TeachMeet (including registration) are available on the CESI website at www.cesi.ie