CESI is the thread joining the dots of ed tech in Irish education

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future” Steve Jobs

On 11th March, CESI held its annual conference and celebrated 50 years in Irish education. It proved a great opportunity for present and former members looking back on the progress of ed tech in Ireland and the role of CESI in leading that change. The CESI Staffroom podcast has conducted a series of interviews with some former long-term members and former chairpersons on what “dots of Irish ed tech” stood out in their minds. Some opinions ranged from accessing mainframe computers in the 1980s to IT 2000 to AI in education.

Interview with Micheal Hallissy

Michael developed his interest in digital education in the early 1980s as an undergraduate student teacher in Coláiste Mhuire, Marino by playing with the college’s newly acquired Apple Macintosh computer. His introduction to CESI came through Elizabeth Oldham and later became chairperson of CESI.

Interview with Adrienne Webb

Adrienne discusses the importance of teaching technology skills to students and the challenges that come with implementing technology in the classroom. They also talk about the importance of teachers embracing technology and staying up-to-date with the latest trends. Her introduction to CESI was as a ICT Co-ordinator but it was after her spell with the NCTE that she joined the Executive and held the role of chairperson for 11 years, stepping down in 2022.

Conor Galvin interview on Spotify ( Youtube video to follow soon)

Interview with Conor Galvin

Conor talks about his own journey as a digital journeyman. He points to the highlights of the IT2000 programme and the 50 great SIP projects. He talks about the people who brought him to CESI and his own role as chairperson.

Elizabeth Oldham interview on Spotify (Youtube video to follow soon)

Interview with Elizabeth Oldham

Elizabeth Oldhan attended the first meeting of CESI and goes through the decades discussing the impact of CESI. Elizabeth has been the central figure in CESI. Find out why she believes CESI punches above its weight.

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