The School of Education at NUI Galway is hosting the first CSforALL Ireland Summit on 13 March 2019.
The mission of CSforAll – a global movement started in the US – is to make high-quality computer science an integral part of every child’s school experience and it is a central resource for individuals and organisations interested in computer science education.
This one day summit – hosted by NUI Galway and supported by Google Ireland – will be of value to teachers of Computer Science and Coding, potential teachers of Computer Science, and schools interested in offering the subject.
The event is timely as Phase One of Leaving Cert Computer Science is well underway, with nationwide rollout planned for September 2020. The Summit will focus on curriculum, national and international trends and the importance of Computer Science in the Irish education system.
Computer Science is an essential 21st century literacy skill for all students. It makes use of computers possible and underpins innovation in every industry. It is not just concerned with coding, but also incorporates the networks, data, and the impact of computing on society.
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) will be represented on the day.
The Summit will also include primary and post-primary schools showcasing their work to date in coding and CS.
Dr Claire Conneely, CS Education Programme Manager at Google will be among the featured speakers at the event.
Dr Cornelia Connolly, event organiser and Lecturer with NUI Galway’s School of Education, said:
“The Irish CSForAll Summit amplifies the work of the key stakeholders nationwide engaged in developing computer science education.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to host the first International Summit and support schools in their provision of Computer Science education in Ireland.
“Having the key people together in one place is a wonderful opportunity and, as the title of the day suggests, we will be ‘Coding the Future of Education’!”