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Margaret Leahy

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E: Margaret.Leahy@dcu.ie
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Biography

    
A member of staff in the School of STEM Education, Global Studies and Innovation, I am part of the Digital Learning Team and Chair of the Professional Masters in Education (Primary).

As a member of the Digital Learning Team, I have been instrumental in the development of a range of teaching programmes across the continuum from preservice to postgraduate teacher education. Built on a body of classroom-based research and organic in nature, the courses are designed to explore what being digital in learning can mean and how teachers at all levels can meaningfully use the extensive range of digital tools available in the 21st century.

Driven by my interest in the ways in which teachers, learners and digital technologies can interact to create powerful learning environments in school, I have been continuously involved in a broad range of research projects and initiatives (totalling over €400,000 to date). As co-lead in many of these, I have played a key role in designing, implementing and disseminating findings. These include the Innovative Schools programme (ISP, 2007-2009); the DLPC teacher professional learning programme (developed with Meath VEC, 2009-2013) and the subsequent development of the 21CLD MOOC which was launched in January 2016. I was also involved in the development of the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 (Schools ICT Census 2013; Consultative Paper, Butler et al., 2013) while most recently, I have been involved in an international collaboration led by Distinguished Professor Niki Davis of Canterbury University, New Zealand  in carrying out an exploratory analysis of smart multi-stakeholder partnerships in education (Davis et al., 2015; Leahy et al., 2016). We believe that smart partnerships will be necessary to leverage technological tools effectively in schools as many schools and related educational agencies no not have the required expertise or infrastructure.

Research Interests

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
IGGnite STEM (Irish Girl Guides engaging with STEM ) Science Foundation Ireland 21-APR-18 - 10-NOV-18 50,000.00
ICT Census of Schools Department of Education & Skills 01-JAN-12 - 01-JUL-13 25,000.00
Supporting the Development of Preservice and Inservice Teacher Education in Kosovo Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe 01-JUN-11 - 01-JUN-14 306,000.00
Development of a Sustainable CPD framework Blackrock College/Belvedere College 01-SEP-10 - 01-JUN-12 25,000.00
Digital Learning Peer Coaching (DLPC) Meath VEC/Microsoft 01-SEP-09 - 01-JUN-11 50,000.00
Innovative Schools Project Scholarship fund Microsoft 01-OCT-07 - 01-JUN-09 National Evaluator 10,000.00
Innovative School Programme (ISP) Evaluation Microsoft 01-OCT-07 - 01-JUL-09 National Evaluator 42,000.00

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies'
Butler D., Leahy M., Hallissy M., Brown M. (2019) 'Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies' In: Tatnall, A (eds). Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies. Springer Nature Switzerland AG: Springer International Publishing. [Details]
2018 'Scaling a model of teacher professional learning – Harnessing MOOCs to recreate deep learning conversations'
Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., & Brown, M (2018) 'Scaling a model of teacher professional learning – Harnessing MOOCs to recreate deep learning conversations' In: 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. '
Leahy, M., Butler, D., Twining P., Chtouki, Y., Moore, K., Nikolov, R., Sherman, A., Sherman B., Valtonen, T. with Akoh, B., Miniano, P., & Farshadnia (2017) 'Education systems in the digital age: The need for alignment. ' In: EDUsummIT Report: Rethinking Learning in a Digital Age. http://unesco.unibit.bg/sites/default/files/EDUSummIT%202017%20eBook%20final%2012.4.18.pdf: UNESCO. [Details]
2015 'Smart Partnerships'
Davis, N., Leahy, M., Lewin, C., Charania, A., & Nordin, H. 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. Australia: Curtin University. [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 'Connections: In-school and out-of-school technology-mediated literacy practices in a disadvantaged primary school in Ireland. In Shaping the Future: How technology can lead to educational transformation'
Leahy, M. (2015) 'Connections: In-school and out-of-school technology-mediated literacy practices in a disadvantaged primary school in Ireland. In Shaping the Future: How technology can lead to educational transformation' 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: Shaping the Future: How Technology can lead to Educational Transformation. Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2015 Shaping the Future: How Technology can lead to Educational Transformation
Butler, D., Marshall, K. & Leahy, M (Ed.). (2015) Shaping the Future: How Technology can lead to Educational Transformation Dublin: Liffey Press. [Details]
2002 Proceedings of Computer Society of Ireland National Conference 2002-Challenges for Learning in a Digital Age
Twomey, D., Leahy, M., Bree, O., Savage, T. & Close, S (Ed.). (2002) Proceedings of Computer Society of Ireland National Conference 2002-Challenges for Learning in a Digital Age Dublin: St Patrick's College of Education. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Education systems in the digital age: The need for alignment. '
Butler, D., Leahy, M., Twining, P., Akoh, B., Chtouki, Y., Farshadnia, S., Moore, K., Nikolov, R., Pascual, C., Sherman, B. & Valtonen, T. (2018) 'Education systems in the digital age: The need for alignment. '. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, [Details]
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, [Details]
2016 'Smart Partnerships to Increase Equity in Education'
Leahy, M., Davis, N., Lewin, C., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orlic, D., Butler, D., & Lopez-Fernandez, O. (2016) 'Smart Partnerships to Increase Equity in Education'. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY, 19 (3):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]
2005 'Using Web Design with Pre-service Teachers as a means of creating a Collaborative Learning environment'
Leahy, M., & Twomey, D (2005) 'Using Web Design with Pre-service Teachers as a means of creating a Collaborative Learning environment'. Educational Media International, 42 (2) [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Voogt, J., Lai, K.W., Knezek, G., Christensen, R., Forkosh Baruch, A., Grinshkun, V., Grigoryev, S., Shonfeld, M., Smits, A., Henrikson, D., Henderson, M., Uvarov, A., Philips, M., Webb, M., Niederhauser, D., Mishra, P., Leahy, M., Butler, D. & Strijker, A. (2018) Part 1: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age – Implications for Teacher Education . In: E. Langran & J. Borup eds. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference [Details]
2018 Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Leahy, M., Butler,D., Mc Quaid, D., Ryan, R. & Tormey F. (2018) Introducing Computational Thinking to Primary School Classrooms in Ireland: A Constructionist Approach Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) [Details]
2016 Proceedings of Global Learn 2016. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (This paper received an award for ‘Outstanding Paper’)
Davis, N., Leahy, M., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orlic, D., Lewin, C. & Lopez-Fernandez, O (2016) Smart Partnerships in Education: What are they? Proceedings of Global Learn 2016. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (This paper received an award for ‘Outstanding Paper’) [Details]
2016 Global Learn 2016. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Davis, N., Leahy, M., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orlic, D., Lewin, C. & Lopez-Fernandez, O. (2016) Smart Partnerships in Education: What are they? Global Learn 2016. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) [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 33rd International Conference of Innovation and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education [Details]
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 [Details]
2015 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Butler, D & Leahy, M (2015) Towards the development of a new Digital Strategy for Schools in Ireland Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference [Details]
2015 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Leahy, M. & Butler, D. (2015) Key Elements of a Sustainable Framework for Teacher Professional Learning Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference [Details]
2011 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Leahy, M. & Butler, D. (2011) 21st Century Learning Rubrics: A Catalyst towards School-Level Innovation Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference [Details]
2011 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2011) Sharing Classroom Practices: A Scalable, Sustainable Model of Teacher Professional Development for Learning in the 21st Century Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference [Details]
2011 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Shear, L., Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2011) Examining the Artifacts of Classroom Practice: 21st Century Learning Rubrics for Teacher Professional Development Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference [Details]
2011 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Leahy, M (2011) Meaning Making Practices in the Construction of Multomodal Digital Texts Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference [Details]
2010 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2010) Moving Towards Innovation: The development of a sustainable framework for teacher professional development Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference [Details]
2010
Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2010) Job-embedded professional development: Moving traditional education toward innovation in Ireland [Details]
2007 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE2007
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2007) Using DV to create Online Digital Video Book Reviews Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE2007 [Details]
2007 Using DV to create online digital video book reviews
Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2007) Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE2007) Using DV to create online digital video book reviews [Details]
2007 Proceedings of Society of Information and Communications Technology in Teacher Education (SITE)
Leahy, M (2007) Clayanimation as a Bridge to Storytelling Proceedings of Society of Information and Communications Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) [Details]
2005 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2005) The TeachNet Ireland Project as a Model of Professional Development for Teachers Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference [Details]
2002 International Federation for Information Processing, Working Group 3.5 Conference on Informatics and Elementary Education
Leahy, M & Twomey, D (2002) Using Web Design with Pre-service Teachers as a means of creating a Collaborative Learning Environment International Federation for Information Processing, Working Group 3.5 Conference on Informatics and Elementary Education [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 SMEC 2018. Science and Mathematics Education Conference,
Leahy, M., Butler,D., Mc Quaid, D., Ryan, R. & Tormey F. (2018) Bringing Computational Thinking into STEM Education in Primary School. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], SMEC 2018. Science and Mathematics Education Conference, Hosted by CASTeL, Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning. Dublin City University [Details]
2017 World Conference on Computers in Education,
Lai, K-W., Butler, D., Leahy, M., Lewin, C., Passey, D., Shonfeld, M., Twinning, P. & Webb, M. (2017) Rethinking learning in a digital age: Connecting research, practice and policy making. Symposium. [Other], World Conference on Computers in Education, Dublin [Details]
2017 World Conference on Computers in Education,
Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., and Brown, M (2017) Scaling a model of teacher professional training - Can we recreate deep learning conversations live online. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], World Conference on Computers in Education, Dublin [Details]
2016 Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA):EdTech2016,
Butler, D., Hallissy, M., Donlon, E., Leahy, M., Hurley, J. & Brown, M (2016) 21CLD MOOC: A Triarchic Response to Teacher Professional Learning. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA):EdTech2016, Dublin [Details]
2016 SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference,
Davis, N., Lewin, C., Leahy, M., Charania, A,. Correia, A., Kato, Y. (2016) Symposium. Smart Partnerships in Education: What are they and what do they look like?. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference, Portugal [Details]
2016 SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference,
Leahy, M. & Butler, D (2016) Smart Partnerships to build a sustainable framework for teacher professional learning. [], SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference, Guimarães,Portugal [Details]
2016 Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA):EdTech2016,
Butler, D., Hallissy, M., Donlon, E., Leahy, M., Hurley, J. & Brown, M. (2016) 21CLD MOOC: A Triarchic Response to Teacher Professional Learning. [], Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA):EdTech2016, Dublin [Details]
2016 SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference,
Leahy, M., Charania, A., Davis, N., Lewin, C., & Correia, A (2016) Smart partnerships in education: What are they and what do they look like?. [], SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference, Guimarães,Portugal [Details]
2012 University of London: Doctoral Summer School Conference,
Leahy, M. (2012) Constructions of Technology-Mediated Technology: A Case Study of Disadvantaged Primary School in Ireland. [], University of London: Doctoral Summer School Conference, Institute of Education, London [Details]
2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association,,
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2010) Job-embedded professional development: Moving traditional education toward innovation in Ireland. [], Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association,, Denver, Colarado [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2018 Digital learning framework trial evaluation: Final report.
Cosgrove, J., Duggan, A., Shiel, G. and Leahy, M. (2018) Digital learning framework trial evaluation: Final report. Digital learning framework trial evaluation: Final report, Dublin. [Details]
2018 Digital Learning Framework Trial Evaluation: Baseline Report.
Cosgrove, J., Ní Chobhthaigh, S., Shiel, G. & Leahy, M (2018) Digital Learning Framework Trial Evaluation: Baseline Report. Educational Research Centre, Dubkin. [Details]
2014 Summary Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools.
Cosgrove, J, Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., Kavanagh, L. & Creaven, A (2014) Summary Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools. St. Patrick’s College of Education, Education Research Centre, Dublin. [Details]
2014 Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools.
Cosgrove, J, Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., Kavanagh, L. & Creaven, A (2014) Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools. St. Patrick’s College of Education, Education Research Centre, Dublin. [Details]
2013 Building Towards a Learning Society: A National Digital Strategy for Schools.
Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., & Cosgrove, J. (2013) Building Towards a Learning Society: A National Digital Strategy for Schools. St. Patrick’s College of Education, Education Research Centre, Dublin. [Details]

Reports

  Year Publication
2014 Evaluation of Personalised Professional Training Pathways for VET Teachers: ePathways.
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2014) Evaluation of Personalised Professional Training Pathways for VET Teachers: ePathways. Reports [Details]
2010 Evaluation of EACEA Lifelong Learning Programme: eTQF – A framework to support teachers’ continuing professional development in the use of ICTs.
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2010) Evaluation of EACEA Lifelong Learning Programme: eTQF – A framework to support teachers’ continuing professional development in the use of ICTs. Reports [Details]
2009 Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Year Two Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft.
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2009) Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Year Two Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft. Reports [Details]
2009 Evaluation of European Pedagogical Information and Communication Technologies License (EPICT) pilot project.
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2009) Evaluation of European Pedagogical Information and Communication Technologies License (EPICT) pilot project. Reports [Details]
2008 Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Year One Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft.
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2008) Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Year One Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft. Reports [Details]
2007 Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Baseline Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft.
Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2007) Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Baseline Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft. Reports [Details]

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests centre on what being digital in learning can mean and how teachers at all levels can meaningfully use the extensive range of digital tools available in the 21st century.

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2019 Enabling Learning ED8039Enabling Learning
2019 Embedding Digital Learning ED4028Embedding Digital Learning
2019 Meaning Making with Multimedia SG207Meaning Making with Multimedia
2019 Qualitative Research Methods (Online) ED8004Qualitative Research Methods (Online)

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