Draft Leaving Certificate Computer Science Specification published!

The NCCA have published the draft specification for Senior Cycle Computer Science

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Unfamiliar or improbable?

“There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable” – Thomas Schelling, Harvard economist, in reference to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour Although the above quote is not at all in reference to education or technology – it nonetheless is related and important. There will inevitably be a wall in…

NEARI event – Dialogue and Professional Discussion in Action Research

The Network of Education Action Research Ireland (NEARI, @InfoNeari) met at Dundalk Institute of Technology last Saturday. Hosted by the Computing Science and Mathematics Department the seminar theme was ‘Dialogue and Professional Discussion in Action Research.’ Chairing the event I welcomed the group to DkIT and introduced the diverse interests and experiences of the participants. The NEARI…

Exploring Learning Analytics..

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education had a symposium on Learning Analytics (LA) last week (http://www.teachingandlearning.ie). It was informative, useful and a sincere Thank You to the organisers who ensured the day was successful. The symposium presentations topics included first principles, ethics, student experience, application of LA, original research,…

Deconstructing and Problem Solving in Computer Programming

Problem-solving, an integral constituent module of computer programming, can be defined as a mental modelling process in which the relationship of components are restructured in order to form a functioning whole. Problem solving can be viewed as a goal-oriented process requiring the integrated use of a range of higher-order thinking skills, such as generating ideas,…