Derry, Mitchelstown schools win digital upgrades at MindRising finals

MindRising 2016
Pictured: Alan Kelly and Gar Mac Críosta, MindRising, Karl O’Leary, Microsoft, with junior category winners from CBS Mitchelstown and Dr. Deirdre Butler, DCU

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20 June 2016 | 0

St. Joseph’s Boys, Derry, collected the senior award and CBS Mitchelstown won the junior category at the finals of the MindRising competition held last Saturday.

The West of Ireland, Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley was depicted in a 1916 musical medley by junior winners CBS Mitchelstown while St. Joseph’s Boys, Derry brought the Rising and the Battle of the Somme to life through a fusion of comic book creations and video role plays. Over 450 participants took part in this year’s event.

The winning schools were awarded a €5,000 digital upgrade.

MindRising is a collaboration between DCU Institute of Education, MindRising and Microsoft.

Speaking about MindRising 2016, President of DCU Brian MacCraith said: “This year’s winners were chosen from an outstanding field of top quality projects that demonstrate digital technology, the power of storytelling and history at its best. MindRising has been an innovative and exciting initiative, enhancing the student and teacher experience.

“This collaboration between Microsoft and DCU Institute of Education shows how digital technologies can be used to integrate learning from across the school curriculum, bringing together subjects such as history and geography against the backdrop of 21st technology.

“This is the first year of MindRising and, bearing in mind that it is the 100th anniversary of 1916, it was fitting that the theme focussed on telling the stories of the island of Ireland by looking back to 1916 and projecting forward to 2116. What we received was an exciting and diverse array of projects presenting history in a totally new manner. Congratulations to all of this year’s prize winners.”

Launched in February of this year, MindRising aims to transform the teaching of history in schools using digital storytelling, design thinking and games based learning while teachers also used Minecraft to enhance the student experience.

MindRising’s development of Minecraft toolkits with sample lesson plans, tools and suggested teaching content will launch again in September.

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