Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh has been awarded the title of an Apple Distinguished School.
At a ceremony last week three of the school’s teachers – Ms. Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil, Ms. Deborah Ní Chealaigh and Mr. Donncha Ó Treasaigh – were selected by Apple, as Apple Distinguished Educators.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of leadership and educational excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology — and considered some of the most innovative schools in the world.
This is a wonderful achievement for the college. Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) are part of a global community of education leaders recognised for doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths and embrace new opportunities. That includes working with each other — and with Apple — to bring the freshest, most innovative ideas to students everywhere.
Apple Distinguished School leaders, faculty, and the extended community have a clear vision for how their technology-rich environments support learning goals. School leaders have established elements for continuous innovation that include culture, team, capacity, community, finance, and measurement.
Supporting their school’s vision is an ongoing process that requires thoughtful planning, practice, and improvement along the way. They use iPad and Mac products to inspire student creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. And they cultivate environments in which students are excited and curious about learning.
There are now more than 2,000 ADEs worldwide, from the United States to China, New Zealand to Turkey. And they gather every year at ADE Institutes and education events around the world as well as online in the ADE community to collaborate on solutions to the global education challenges of today and tomorrow.
College Principal, Donncha Ó Treasaigh is already an official Apple Professional Development Consultant and provides guidance, through Apple, to Principals and ICT Coordinators.
He has earned significant acclaim in the field of ICT through his involvement, at national level, in several programmes relating to teachers’ professional development and courses he delivered to both Primary and Post-Primary teachers through the Education Centre network between 1999 and 2006. He was also an editor for the NCTE on various publications.
He is an Apple Professional Development Consultant and has presented Vision & Planning seminars for Principals, Deputy Principals and ICT coordinators in recent years and was asked to speak at the launch of the Department of Education and Skills ICT Strategy launch on 1st December 2013.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh has been using iPads, successfully since 2010.