Note: The INTACT project was finished in November 2015. This page will no longer be updated. 

St. Patrick's College, Dublin, established in 1875, is a medium sized College of Education with over 2,500 students taking courses in Education and Humanities at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Since 1993, the College has been a College of Dublin City University and all courses are accredited by the University.

The College's academic departments are currently divided into two faculties - the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Humanities. Each faculty is headed by a Dean. The main College buildings house a range of facilities including large, medium and small lecture theatres, teaching and seminar rooms, ICT facilities, art rooms, language lab, chapel, student canteen and dining room, auditorium, library, Education Resource Centre, gymnasium and student residences for approximately 300 students.

The digital learning and science education personnel have significant expertise in the design and provision of a range of initial teacher education and post graduate courses in science education and digital learning. They also have extensive experience in developing CPD programmes for inservice teachers and have managed and participated in a range of national and international research projects relating to science education and digital learning e.g. Building Expertise in Science Teaching (BEST) Project, developing Sustainable models of teacher professional development, Science Enhancement and Learning through Exchange and Collaboration among Teachers (SELECT) Project and TeachNet.

The use of the IWB for teaching and learning has been incorporated into the digital learning coursework at undergraduate and postgraduate level and we are now interested in extending the focus to developing a deep understanding of the use of IWB in science education. St.Patrick's College is interested in testing and assessing teaching materials for use with whiteboards in the areas of science education and also investigating how to prepare future teachers and develop professional development resources for current teachers in the use of whiteboards in science education.

The main tasks of St.Patrick's College in the project are: to coordinate national project activities, the co leadership of the work packages concerning the development and implementation of the teaching and learning resources, the preparation and realization of a face to face project meeting, to contribute to the project dissemination and presenting the project at national or international conferences. Amongst other tasks, St. Patrick’s College will take part in all exploitation activities and will coordinate the cooperation with the Irish pilot schools.

Mary Glynn, the national team leader and co-leader of the work packages related to the development and implementation of teaching and learning resources is currently a lecturer in Digital Learning in the education department. She is a former teacher with a wide range of teaching experience at primary level both in Ireland and overseas. Mary worked for many years as a tutor with the National Centre for Technology in Education. She has a strong interest in how the IWB can be used in teaching and learning and has designed and delivered professional development courses for faculty members of the education department in this area. She also has extensive experience of developing and facilitating professional development programmes to support both pre-service and practising teachers, e.g. National Induction Programme for NQTs (2010) and Department of Education and Skills Primary Curriculum Support Programme (PCSP) (2004 – 2007).

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Caragh National School
Pilot-teacher: Saral Losty

BaysideSenior National School
Pilot-teacher: Siobhán Ni Threasaigh

GoodShepherd National School
Pilot-teacher: Orlaith Veale