EXCITED learning festival launching ahead of May event

29 Apr 2015

Details on the second instalment of the EXCITED digital learning festival, which runs in late May, will be revealed on Twitter this evening (29 April).

The official launch will be announced at 9pm, giving us details on the three-day festival by utilising Periscope and tweets from some of the speakers under the #excitedirl15 tag.

Ciaran Cannon TD will make the announcement over the livestream broadcast, followed by a series of live tweets from some of the other presenters at the festival detailing what they will discuss over the three days.

After the overwhelming success of last year’s two-day event, which saw 350 attendees hear from a whole raft of international speakers, the event expanded to run over three days this year.

The additional day will allow an in-depth focus on supporting the Digital Youth Council. A one-day series of workshops for the Council will prepare them to present their findings at the conference and plan activities for 2015.

EXCITED provides an opportunity for those with an interest in Irish education at all levels to engage directly with teachers, student representatives, enterprise leaders, academics and policy makers at a senior level.

At last year’s edition, some of the gathered students took part in a pre-organised Dragon’s Den-type competition where they worked on their pitch for the EXCITED Young EdTech Innovators Award with mentors and advisers from NDRC and RTÉ Digital.

Some of this year’s speakers have been announced a little early, including Mona Akmal from Code.org, Keith R. Krueger (CEO of the Consortium for School Networking), Dr Kathy Kipp of Trinity College, Lara Dabbagh of Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, software engineer Olajide Ademola Ajayi, comedian Colm O’Regan, science communicator Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and RTE’s Múirne Laffan.

“Expanding the Network” is the theme for the 2015 event, which will focus on how to meaningfully embrace more participants to have an active part to play in the future of digitally enhanced learning.

It will all kick off on May 21 in Dublin Castle.

Gordon Hunt
By Gordon Hunt

Gordon Hunt joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist. He spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet is the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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