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Programme Monday 17th May 2004
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Registration    
08.15 –09.00 Registration at conference venue, Media Lab Europe, The Digital Hub  
 
 
     
Introduction    
09.10 –09.30 Welcome and Introduction by conference moderator: Shane Kenny,
broadcaster and media consultant.
           
  Opening address Noel Dempsey, T.D.,
Minister for Education and Science, Ireland
     
     
Session 1    
09.30 – 10.45 National and European strategies for fostering e-learning schools and communities  
           
      EU perspectives on e-learning   Maruja Gutierrez-Diaz,
European Commission - Directorate General for Education and Culture.
           
      National Policies for promoting ICT in learning   Odile de Chalendar,
Ministry for Youth, National Education and Research, France.
           
      Opportunities and challenges for new Member States   Enel Mägi,
Director of Tiger Leap ICT Programme, Estonia.
           
      Open discussion   Moderator: Shane Kenny.
     
10.45 - 11.15 Tea / Coffee
     
Session 2    
  11.15 - 12.45 ICT in schools in Ireland    
           
      Exemplars of good practice - presentation of two innovative ICT projects (one rural, one urban)   Presentation led by Jerome Morrissey, Director, National Centre for Technology in Education.
Michael Hallissy, John Joe Gallagher.
           
      Teacher and student participants and their learning stories    
           
      IMMERSE - a collaboration in the production of curriculum-relevant digital resources   Anne White,
National Centre for Technology in Education.
     
12.45 – 14.15 Lunch
     
Session 3    
  14.15 –15.45 The school in the digital environment of the future    
           
      Will going digital improve or transform education?   Seymour Papert,
Professor Emeritus, MIT Media Lab.
           
      Views on the future of schools and implications for pedagogical reform.   Willem J. (Hans) Pelgrum,
University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands.
           
      Championing leadership in ICT led change at
school and community levels – what are the critical elements and supports?
  Conor Galvin,
Faculty of Human Sciences, University College Dublin.
           
      Open discussion   Moderator: Shane Kenny
     
15.45 – 16.05 Tea / Coffee
     
Session 4    
  16.05 –17.20   Research in ICT and learning    
           
      Future models of ICT - enabled learning: What are the implications for schools?   Carol Strohecker
Senior Research Scientist, Media Lab Europe.
           
      Valuing change: Changing values
Curriculum, Assessment and ICT in the Irish context

  Sarah FitzPatrick,
Deputy Chief Executive, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.
           
      Is it possible to reform schools? Toward keeping the promise of ICT in our schools.   James Bosco,
Professor, Educational Studies, College of Education, Western Michigan University.
           
  17.20   Brief recap. of day's proceedings:   Conference Rapporteur
Aidan Mulkeen, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
     
17.35 Close
19.30 Reception and dinner at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Tuesday 18th May 2004
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Session 5    
  09.30 –10.45   Learning opportunities for everybody through ICT    
           
      Connecting learning communities – locally, nationally, EU wide and globally.   Dermot Ahern, T.D.,
Minister for Communications, Marine, and Natural Resources, Ireland.
           
      Keynote address: A vision for successful e-learning in schools   Charles Clarke, M.P., Secretary of State for Education and Skills, United Kingdom.
           
      UN Global e-schools Initiative – mainstreaming ICT in the developing world.   Brendan Tuohy,
Secretary General, Department of Communications, the Marine and Natural Resources.
           
      How the innovative use of ICT in learning can uniquely contribute to greater inclusion and equity in education.   Gary Mc Darby,
Researcher, Media Lab Europe.
           
      Open discussion   Moderator: Shane Kenny
     
10.45 – 11.15 Tea / Coffee
     
Session 6    
11.15 –12.30 Collaborations in building the knowledge society  
     
      Promoting e-learning in European schools, universities, workplaces and homes.   Martin Curley,
e-Learning Industry Group (eLIG).
           
      Promoting partnership between industry and government   Gerry Fahy,
Director of Strategy, Vodafone.
           
      Innovative strategies for connecting schools   John Gage,
Creator and Director, NetDay.
           
      Open Discussion   Moderator: Shane Kenny
           
  12.30 –12.50   Conclusion – Crystallising the key issues and actions necessary to realise the new futures for learning made possible by digital technologies.   Conference Rapporteur
Aidan Mulkeen, PhD, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
           
12.50 –13.00 Introducing the Media Lab Europe Open house for the afternoon  
           
13.00 -14.15 Lunch
     
  14.15 –14.30   Media Lab Europe overview   Simon Jones,
Managing Director
           
  14.30 –17.30   Afternoon programme hosted by Media Lab Europe - Open house, including presentation of research projects    
           
  15.30 –16.30   Panel discussion - led by Seymour Papert, MIT Media Lab    
     
  Conference Concludes  
     
 
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