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Deirdre Butler

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Biography

Deirdre Butler, a professor in DCU’s Institute of Education is internationally known as a leading scholar and creative practitioner of methods supporting teachers’ professional development and students’ learning. Prior to being a teacher educator, she was a primary school teacher, resource teacher, teacher for the travelling community and vice-principal. Her doctoral work developed an innovative model for teachers' professional development was supervised by world-renowned technology-and-education leader and MIT Professor, Seymour Papert.Deirdre has extensive experience in developing sustainable, scalable models of teacher professional learning, and has managed projects and school based initiatives which focus on creative uses of digital technologies.
Deirdre’s passion in life is exploring what being digital in learning can mean and how we can meaningfully use the extensive range of digital tools available in the 21st century. As a recognised thought leader in the area of new pedagogies, she advises ministries of education around the globe on redesigning education systems for the challenges that face the world now and in the future. For example, in Finland she worked with the Ministry to inspire their specially selected Lighthouse schools to redesign learning environments, while in Denmark she worked with policy makers and professional development providers to re-imagine how learning environments can be designed to meet the needs of the complex connected world of the 21st century.  Deirdre’s record of professional accomplishment demonstrates vision, energy and research excellence combined with a deep and passionate commitment to teaching and learning.  The funding she have secured, and projects she has initiated and collaborated on, are evidence of both her strategic and innovative thinking, as well as her management and leadership abilities. Her publication record provides further evidence of these qualities, as well as demonstrating the ability to foster and extend national and international linkages and alliances. She have consistently worked across a broad range of stakeholders in education, technology, government, corporate and non-profit sectors. Deirdre’s ability to combine partnership-building among diverse stakeholders with focused research questions has been instrumental in her successfully bridging knowledge development, policy and practice. The key role she played in cultivating the recently launched Digital Strategy for Schools is an example of how her research on teachers’ learning (exemplified by the Empowering Minds community) and emphasis on learner-centred pedagogical orientation (demonstrated through the Innovative Schools Evaluation, TeachNet, Innovative Teaching and Learning Research, and New Pedagogies for Deep Learning) are key principles now underpinning the national educational agenda. Through her vision, negotiation skills and ability to translate principles from research into settings that make them operationally effective, Ireland’s educational potentials have improved within and beyond national bounds. For example, the 21CLD MOOC, which is free of charge and available to all educators globally, is the first Irish-designed MOOC for teacher professional learning. This initiative was made possible through her collaboration with Microsoft and H2 Learning, an Irish eLearning services and consultancy organisation. Another example of her ability to translate and sustain knowledge from research is the establishment of the flagship Lego Education Innovation Studio. This initiative results from a long tradition that Deirdre fostered, of using Lego and digital materials to spawn innovative learning environments. By continuing to partner with Microsoft and Lego Education, Dublin City University’s Institute of Education (DCU IoE) will develop new approaches to teaching and learning that can be replicated in schools throughout the country, igniting and sustaining a passion for STEM subjects from early childhood education through third level. Another collaborative venture, Mindrising, joins Business Model Adventures, Microsoft and the IoE and NIDL (National Institute of Digital Learning to transform learning environments by using Minecraft, design thinking, digital storytelling and games-based learning to enrich and enliven the experience for students.                                                                                                                    

Books

  Year Publication
2015 Shaping the Future: How technology can lead to educational transformation.
Butler, D., Marshall, K., & Leahy, M. (Eds.) (2015) Shaping the Future: How technology can lead to educational transformation. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]
2014 Exploring Our Energy, Educational programme for primary schools, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Murphy, C. Smith G., Glynn, M., Kavanagh, R., Losty, S. and Butler, D. (2014) Exploring Our Energy, Educational programme for primary schools, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. SEAI online: SEAI online. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'SCALING A MODEL OF TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING – Harnessing MOOCs to recreate deep learning conversations'
Bulter, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., & Brown, M. (2018) 'SCALING A MODEL OF TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING – Harnessing MOOCs to recreate deep learning conversations' In: Arthur Tatnall, Mary Webb (eds). Tomorrow's Learning: Involving Everyone. Learning with and about Technologies and Computing: 11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers in Education. SWitzerland: Springer. [Details]
2017 'Education Systems in the Digital Age: The need for alignment'
Margaret Leahy & Deirdre Butler, Peter Twinning, Yousra Chtouki, Kanda Moore, Roumen Nikolov, Amanda Sherman, Barbara Sherman, Teemu Valtonen, With Ben Akoh, Carlos Miniano Pascual, Sara Farshadnia (2017) 'Education Systems in the Digital Age: The need for alignment' In: EduSummIT Report: Rethinking Learning in a Digital Age. Bulgaria: UNESCO. [Details]
2015 'Self-determined teacher learning: A model of teacher professional development for the in the 21st century classroom'
Butler, D. (2015) 'Self-determined teacher learning: A model of teacher professional development for the in the 21st century classroom' In: D. Butler, K. Marshall & M. Leahy (Eds.) (eds). Shaping the Future: How technology can lead to educational transformation. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]
2015 'Smart Partnerships'
Niki Davis, Margaret Leahy, Cathy Lewin, Amina Charania, and Hasniza Nordin, with Ave Mejia, Davor Orlec, Deirdre Butler, Vanessa Chang, Ben Daniel Motidyang, Ola Erstad, and Olatz Lopez-Fernandez (2015) 'Smart Partnerships' In: EDUsummIT 2015 Summary Report. Bangkok: UNESCO. [Details]
2015 'Indicators of quality technology-enhanced teaching and learning'
Nancy Law, Dale Niederhauser, Linda Shear, and Rhonda Christensen, with Esther Care, David Smith, Jonghwi Park, Bent Andresen, Hans van Bergen, Deirdre Butler, Allan Christie, Jill Downie, Tania Bradley, and Louise Starkey (2015) 'Indicators of quality technology-enhanced teaching and learning' In: EDUsummIT 2015 Summary Report. Bangkok: UNESCO. [Details]
2015 'Moving towards innovation: The development of a sustainable framework for teacher professional learning'
Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2015) 'Moving towards innovation: The development of a sustainable framework for teacher professional learning' In: Shaping the Future: How technology can lead to educational transformation. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]
2015 'Developing a vision and moving forward'
Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2015) 'Developing a vision and moving forward' In: Butler, D., Marshall, K. and Leahy, M (eds). Shaping the Future: How technology can lead to educational transformation. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]
2011 'Learning in 21st century classrooms: A constructionist view'
Butler, D. (2011) 'Learning in 21st century classrooms: A constructionist view' In: ICTs in the Primary School: Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century. Dublin: NCTE. DWEC, NEC. [Details]
2007 'The Digital Era: Empowerment or digital divide'
Butler, D., & Kelly, J. (2007) 'The Digital Era: Empowerment or digital divide' In: P. Downes & A.L. Gilligan (Eds.)  (eds). Moving Beyond Educational Disadvantage: Envisioning the Future. Dublin: IPA. [Details]
2006 'Sustaining local identity, control and ownership while integrating technology into school learning'
Butler, D., Strohecker, C., & Martin, F. (2006) 'Sustaining local identity, control and ownership while integrating technology into school learning' In: Informatics Education – The Bridge between Using and Understanding Computers” in the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 4226/2006. Berlin / Heidleberg: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Different strokes for different folks: scaling a blended model of teacher professional learning'
Butler, D;Leahy, M;Hallissy, M;Brown, M (2017) 'Different strokes for different folks: scaling a blended model of teacher professional learning'. Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 14 :230-245 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Smart Partnerships to Increase Equity in Education'
Leahy, M;Davis, N;Lewin, C;Charania, A;Nordin, H;Orlic, D;Butler, D;Lopez-Fernadez, O (2016) 'Smart Partnerships to Increase Equity in Education'. Educational Technology &Amp; Society, 19 :84-98 [Details]
2010 'Redefining Book Reviews for the Digital Era'
Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2010) 'Redefining Book Reviews for the Digital Era'. Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education, 10 (1) [Details]
2007 'A constructionist view of what it means to be digitally literate'
Butler, D. (2007) 'A constructionist view of what it means to be digitally literate'. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 2 :61-77 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 Proceedings of the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society 2016, Educational Technologies 2016 and Sustainability, Technology and Education 2016
Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., & Brown, M. (2016) Scaling a Model of Teacher Professional Learning – to MOOC or not to MOOC? Proceedings of the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society 2016, Educational Technologies 2016 and Sustainability, Technology and Education 2016 Melbourne, Australia, , pp.150-158 [Details]
2016 ICEdTech16, International Conference on Educational Technologies
Butler, D., Brown, M., & Mac Críosta, G. (2016) Telling the story of MindRising: Minecraft, mindfulness and meaningful learning ICEdTech16, International Conference on Educational Technologies Melbourne, [Details]
2016 33rd International Conference of Innovation and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., and Brown, M (2016) Embedding Classroom Practice in as 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) MOOC Framework 33rd International Conference of Innovation and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education Adelaide. Australia, [Details]
2016 The Next Generation Digital Learning Research Symposium
Butler, D., Brown, M., & Mac Críosta, G. (2016) Minecraft and digital learning: Building a research culture The Next Generation Digital Learning Research Symposium Dublin City University, , 01-NOV-16 [Details]
2015 Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Leahy, M., & Butler, D. (2015) Key Elements of a Sustainable Framework for Teacher Professional Learning . In: D. Slykhuis & G. Marks eds. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Chesapeake, VA:, , pp.1355-1360 [Details]
2015 Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2015) Towards the development of a new Digital Strategy for Schools in Ireland . In: D. Slykhuis & G. Marks eds. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Chesapeake, VA:, , pp.1355-1360 [Details]
2011 Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Butler, D.,& Leahy, M. (2011) Sharing Classroom Practices: A Scalable, Sustainable Model of Teacher Professional Development for Learning in the 21st Century Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Chesapeake, VA:, , pp.1788-1794 [Details]
2011 Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Shear, L., Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2011) Examining the Artifacts of Classroom Practice: 21st Century Learning Rubrics for Teacher Professional Development Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Chesapeake, VA:, , pp.1957-1958 [Details]
2011 Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Leahy, M. & Butler, D. (2011) 21st Century Learning Rubrics: A Catalyst Towards School-Level Innovation Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Chesapeake, VA, , pp.2566-2571 [Details]
2010 Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado
Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2010) Job-embedded professional development: Moving traditional education toward innovation in Ireland Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado [Details]
2010 Big Ideas Global Summit 2010, Maine
Butler, D. (2010) Emerging New Models of Teacher Learning, Equity, Access, Opportunity for All – Learning for the 21st Century Big Ideas Global Summit 2010, Maine [Details]
2010 Lead paper presented at the Hosting and Harvesting Conference, Australian Council for Educational Leadership, Sydney
Butler, D. (2010) Deep Learning, Rich Understandings: Teacher Learner, Learner Teacher Lead paper presented at the Hosting and Harvesting Conference, Australian Council for Educational Leadership, Sydney [Details]
2010 Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI), Portlaoise
Hurley, J., & Butler, D. (2010) New Developments in Teacher CPD: Online courses for teachers, UNESCO ICT Competency Framework & EPICT Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI), Portlaoise [Details]
2010 Annual Conference & International Symposium, Washington, DC
Butler, D. & Hallissy, M. (2010) Thinking Tool to enable school change, Consortium for School Networking Annual Conference & International Symposium, Washington, DC [Details]
2010 Learning & Technology World Forum (LATWF), London
Butler, D., & Hurley, J. (2010) Re-imagining CPD for Education Learning & Technology World Forum (LATWF), London [Details]
2010 ICT Forum 10 10 10, Yesterday’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities, Jordan
Butler, D. (2010) MENA Ecosystem; Education, MENA’ (Middle East North Africa) ICT Forum 10 10 10, Yesterday’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities, Jordan [Details]
2009 Presentation on physical site and online through the webcast
Butler, D. (2009) Digital technologies supporting K-12 learning and teachers' professional development Presentation on physical site and online through the webcast [Details]
2008 Keynote presentation at European Innovative Teachers Forum, Zagreb
Butler, D. (2008) School V’s real world Keynote presentation at European Innovative Teachers Forum, Zagreb [Details]
2008 Keynote presentation to Innovative Teachers Special Forum, Microsoft HQ, Redmond, WA
Butler, D. (2008) Constructionism in action: 21st century learning Keynote presentation to Innovative Teachers Special Forum, Microsoft HQ, Redmond, WA [Details]
2008 Keynote presentation to the World Innovative Teachers Forum, Hong Kong
Butler, D. (2008) Constructionism in action: 21st century learning Keynote presentation to the World Innovative Teachers Forum, Hong Kong [Details]
2007 Keynote address at The Internet Experience for Schools (Seminar for Teachers), Tipperary Institute
Butler, D. (2007) Learning for the 21st Century Keynote address at The Internet Experience for Schools (Seminar for Teachers), Tipperary Institute [Details]
2006 Informatics Education - The Bridge between Using and Understanding Computers
Butler, D;Strohecker, C;Martin, F (2006) Sustaining local identity, control and ownership while integrating technology into school learning Informatics Education - The Bridge between Using and Understanding Computers , pp.255-266 [Details]
2006 Keynote presentation at School of the Future Summitt, Philadelphia, PA
Butler, D. (2006) Small is powerful Keynote presentation at School of the Future Summitt, Philadelphia, PA [Details]
2003 Paper presented at the International Symposium on Celtic Civilization in conjunction with the International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden Baden Germany
Butler, D., & Gash, H. (2003) Creative learning and spiritual moments Paper presented at the International Symposium on Celtic Civilization in conjunction with the International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden Baden Germany [Details]
2002 Poster presented at the International Workshop on Advanced Materials for Sensors & Actuators Role of Nanotechnology, University of Wollongong, Australia
Shepherd, R., Butler, D., Mikak, B., & Diamond, D. (2002) Autonomous sensing robots: Powerful tools for project-based science education Poster presented at the International Workshop on Advanced Materials for Sensors & Actuators Role of Nanotechnology, University of Wollongong, Australia [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
Uncovering Learners’ Hidden Potential.
Butler, D. Uncovering Learners’ Hidden Potential. . [Details]
2014 Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools.
Cosgrove, J, Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., Kavanagh, L. and Creaven, A. (2014) Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools. St. Patrick’s College of Education, Education Research Centre, Dublin. [Details]
2014 Mathematics in early childhood and primary education (3–8 years) definitions, theories, development and progression (NCCA Research Report 17).
Dunphy, E., Dooley, T., & Shiel, G. with Butler, D., Corcoran, D., Ryan, M. & Travers, J. (2014) Mathematics in early childhood and primary education (3–8 years) definitions, theories, development and progression (NCCA Research Report 17). National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Dublin. [Details]
2014 Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (children aged 3-8 years), (Volume 18: Teaching and learning).
Dooley, T., Dunphy, E., Shiel, G., Butler, D., Corcoran, D., Farrell, T., NicMhuirí, S., O'Connor, M., Travers, J. & Perry, B (2014) Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (children aged 3-8 years), (Volume 18: Teaching and learning). National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]
2014 Mathematics in early childhood and primary education (3-8 years) teaching and learning (NCCA Research Report 18).
Dooley, T., Dunphy, E., & Shiel, G. with Butler, D., Corcoran, D., Farrell, T., Nic Mhuirí, S., O’ Connor, M., & Travers, J., (2014) Mathematics in early childhood and primary education (3-8 years) teaching and learning (NCCA Research Report 18). National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Dublin. [Details]
2014 Summary Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools.
Cosgrove, J, Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., Kavanagh, L. and Creaven, A. (2014) Summary Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools. St. Patrick’s College of Education, Education Research Centre, Dublin. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2016 ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge (ILTA Conference 2016),
Butler, D., Hallissy, M., Donlon, E., Leahy, M., Hurley, J., & Brown, M. (2016) 21CLD MOOC: A triarchic response to teacher professional learning. [], ReConstituting TEL: Rising to the Challenge (ILTA Conference 2016), Law Society of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland , 26-MAY-16 - 27-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 Consortium for School Networking, Annual Conference & International Symposium,,
Butler, D. & Hallissy, M. (2016) “(MooC) Move over or Change: Designing professional learning to generate innovation”,. [], Consortium for School Networking, Annual Conference & International Symposium,, Washington, DC , 01-FEB-17 - 01-FEB-17 [Details]
2016 Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC),
Costello, E., Brown, M., Donlon, E., Ward, M., & Butler, D. (2016) Massive Open Online Coding: Exploring the role of MOOCs for post-primary computing education in Ireland. [], Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC), St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland , 16-JUN-16 - 17-JUN-16 [Details]
2016 Microsoft’s European School Leaders Seminar,
Butler, D. (2016) Students need to have skills for life and for work in the 21st century. What teacher professional learning is needed?”. [], Microsoft’s European School Leaders Seminar, Cardinal Place, London , 22-JAN-16 [Details]
2016 Digital Portfolios and Collaborative Learning Conference,,
Butler (2016) Embedding Collaborative Learning in Lesson Design. [], Digital Portfolios and Collaborative Learning Conference,, Dublin Castle, Ireland , 17-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 6th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (IGBL 2016),
Mac Griosta, G., Butler, D., & Brown, M. (2016) MindRising16: From blockheads to grayheads. [], 6th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning (IGBL 2016), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin , 01-SEP-16 [Details]
2016 e-Learning Africa: 11th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training,
Brown, M., Costello, E., Butler, D., Donlon, E., & Nic Giolla Mhichil, M. (2016) Thinking Strategically about MOOCs: Developing an institutional response. [], e-Learning Africa: 11th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training, Cairo, Egypt , 24-MAY-16 - 26-MAY-16 [Details]
2015 Dublin eLearning Summer School,,
Butler, D. (2015) “The Digital Strategy: Implications for Schools and beyond. [], Dublin eLearning Summer School,, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street Campus , 25-JUN-15 [Details]
2015 ePortfolio International Conference,
Butler, D. (2015) “Embedding the development and assessment of ‘key skills’ into the use of ePortfolios. [], ePortfolio International Conference, Dublin Castle, Dublin , 22-APR-15 [Details]
2015 British Council sponsored international conference,
Butler, D. (2015) “Building Skills: The role of skills development in Education. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], British Council sponsored international conference, Athens, Greece , 27-MAR-15 [Details]
2015 Teachers Skills Forum,
Butler, D. (2015) “Education as a Gateway or Roadblock: Shaping the Youth of tomorrow”, Invited Panel chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan,. [Other], Teachers Skills Forum, King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center, Dead Sea, Jordan , 06-DEC-15 [Details]
2015 American Educational Research Association,,
Butler, D. (2015) Promoting Equitable Access to 21st Century Skills: Global and Local Designs for Professional Learning Symposium (discussant),. [Other], American Educational Research Association,, Chicago , 19-APR-15 [Details]
2015 Finnish National Board of Education. Development School Network national seminar,
Butler, D. (2015) “Developing New Pedagogies and 21st Century skills”. [], Finnish National Board of Education. Development School Network national seminar, Helsinki, Finland , 11-MAY-15 [Details]
2015 Finnish National Board of Education. Development School Network national seminar,
Butler, D. (2015) New Pedagogies and New Learning Challenge us. [], Finnish National Board of Education. Development School Network national seminar, Helsinki, Finland , 08-DEC-15 [Details]

Gov. Report or Document

  Year Publication
2013 Building Towards a Learning Society: A National Digital Strategy for Schools.
Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., and Cosgrove, J. (2013) Building Towards a Learning Society: A National Digital Strategy for Schools. Dublin: Gov. Report or Document [Details]

Guidelines for Practice

  Year Publication
2014 Exploring Our Energy.
Murphy, C. Smith G., Glynn, M., Kavanagh, R., Losty, S. and Butler, D. (2014) Exploring Our Energy. Dublin: Guidelines for Practice [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education) Member /
AERA (American Educational Research Association) Member /
CASTel (Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning) Member /
CESI (Computer Education Society of Ireland) Member /
ESAI (Educational Studies Association of Ireland) Member /
EduSummit (UNESCO) TWG1: Smart Partnerships TWG7: Indicators of quality technology-enhanced teaching and learning Member /
IADIS (International Association for the Development of the Information Society) Member /
IFIP Working Group 3.3 (International Federation for Information Processing) Member /
ILTA (Irish Learning Technology Association) Member /
SITE (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education) Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
DES Strategy Group External Expert 2014 / 2017
Horizon K12 Advisory Board Member of the Horizon K12 Advisory Board whose task is to manage the process of researching, discussing, and ultimately, selecting the topics for the Horizon Report 2012 / 2017

Enterprise Engagement

  Area Client Description
Lego Education Innovation Studion
Deirdre is responsible for developing the initiative which sees Dublin City University partnering with Lego® Education to create an interactive learning hub that will help DCU student teachers and Irish schools develop innovative and creative approaches to teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects in the classroom. The creation of the flagship Lego® Education Innovation Studio (LEIS), will see the new Institute of Education (IoE) at DCU’s St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra become the first centre of teacher education in Ireland to mainstream these innovative approaches across all its programmes. The Institute’s students will develop new approaches to teaching that can be replicated in schools throughout the country, igniting a passion for STEM subjects from early childhood education right through to third level. By adopting Lego®’s playful learning tools, teachers graduating from DCU Institute of Education will be fully skilled in helping schoolchildren develop ‘Hands-on Minds-on’ 21st Century skills such as creative thinking, problem-solving, team-working and communication.
MindRising
Mindrising, joins Business Model Adventures, Microsoft and the IoE and NIDL (National Institute of Digital Learning), as well as a number of community groups such as CoderDojo. In phase one, Mindrising focused on transforming the teaching of history in schools by using Minecraft, design thinking, digital storytelling and games-based learning to enrich and enliven the learning experiences
ITL Research
Advisor to ITL Research which is a multiyear global research program designed to investigate the factors that promote the transformation of teaching practices & the impact those changes have on students’ learning outcomes across a broad range of country contexts.
Microsoft Partners in Learning
Chair of the international advisory board for the second phase of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning initiative (MS-PIL 2008-2013). In 2008, Microsoft strengthened its commitment to the PIL initiative by adding an additional US$235 million over five years. The primary focus of this advisory board is to provide ongoing feedback & input on the Partners in Learning initiative & a worldwide perspective on education.

Media

  Title Year Type Authors
Nationwide 2017 Documentary RTE
Mitchelstown scoop top award with magical Minecraft video 2016 Newspaper article (Print) The Corkman
Using "digital lego" to recreate event of 1916 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Irish Independent
MindRising 2016: Students round the world invited to partake in digital storytelling competition 2016 Newspaper article (online) Irish Independent
1916 Rising - A story told through Minecraft 2016 Newspaper article (online) Silicon Republic
Irish students are building their own homage to 1916 through Minecraft 2016 Newspaper article (online) Irish Independent
Lego Education & Teacher Education 2016 Radio Interviews Spin FM
Eight technologies that are changing the c;lassroom 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Irish Times
Brick by brick: the Lego approach to learning 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Irish Times
Lego is building skills among Irish teachers 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Irish Independent
Chip off the Old Block 2016 Newspaper article (Print) In Business
Flagship Lego Education Centre Launched 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Kildare Post
Learning with Lego at Dublin City University 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Dun Laoghaire Gazette
Learning with Lego @ DCU 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Dundrum Gazette
Eight technologies that are changing the classroom 2016 Newspaper article (online) Irish Times
Irish Designed 21st Century MOOC goes live 2016 Newspaper article (online) Tech Central
Learning with Lego at Dublin City Univeristy 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Lucan Gazette
Dublin City University - Learning with Lego 2018 Newspaper article (Print) Clondalkin Gazette
DCU Falls in Love with Lego 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Business Plus Magazine
DCU Launches Flagship Lego Education Centre 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Swords Gazette
Learning with Lego at DCU 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Blanch Gazette
Learning with Lego at Dublin City Univeristy 2016 Newspaper column (Print) Dublin City Gazette
St Pat’s College now using Lego to help teachers teach 2016 Newspaper article (online) Silicon Republic
Lego is building block in Science Education 2016 Newspaper article (online) Business Post
Lego building Irish Teachers skills 2016 Newspaper article (online) Independent.ie
DCU launches flagship Lego Education Centre 2016 Newspaper article (online) TechCentral