There were celebrations in Marino College, Fairview last week when the school was named winner of the bronze award in the Digital School of the Year 2015 category at the Digital Media Awards.
The awards recognise the best in digital media talent and the panel of judges are a who’s who of industry greats, including representatives from Google and the Chief Digital Advisor to the Irish Government. This was The Educational Company of Ireland’s second year to sponsor the award.
The Marino College project “Hear Me Roar”, focused on the school’s introduction of the use of video to support oral literacy development. Teacher and Project leader Emma Ní Suatman Gallagher commented “It’s such an honour to win this award, we were so pleased just to be nominated, but to walk away with bronze was the icing on the cake. Probably the thing I’m most proud of in this project was how our students were trained to facilitate the training of teachers, I think it really shows how much we believe in our students and want them to develop themselves.”
Principal Blake Hodkinson is no stranger to digital development, having been among the first principals in Ireland to introduce iPads at second level. “The award is a tremendous honour for Marino College and it acknowledges the great work of our school community in adapting to the needs of learners in the 21st century. All of our students receive iPads when they enter the school in first year and this award demonstrates the range of ways in which we use the devices to improve learning in the school.”
Marino College is fast becoming a national leader in digital education, with a number of their staff engaged in the training of other teachers in the use of ICT in Education through Drumcondra Education Centre. Three teachers were also recently selected to complete training at Trinity College through the Bridge21 project, a unique collaboration with Google aiming to improve teaching and learning for the 21st century.
As Marino continues its enrolment for next year’s first year students it’s clear that more and more students are recognizing the Fairview school as the Northside digital education leader.