Friday, 21 April 2017

NAPD ICT is deligthed to inform you that we have organised a day with Apple, in Cork on Thursday, 11 May 2017, to continue our efforts to help advise School Leaders with regard to the Digital Strategy.

Apple Education Ireland is looking after registrations, so please email if you have any queries or contact me if you need any guidance.

Once you register as an NAPD Member, you can add teachers to the registration booking if you need to bring more from your school.
There is a limit on numbers, so early booking is advisable.

This event is open only to schools where NAPD Membership fees have been paid for the current year.

Hollyhill Industrial Estate
T23 A392


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Google Seminar for NAPD Members

Google Ireland would like to host a School Leader and teacher CPD event in Google on 22 March from 1.30pm to 7.00pm

This event will be facilitated by Google in association with Camara Ireland.

Google will deliver a work-shop on CS First training.

A Principal or Deputy Principal and one teacher (maximum of two from each school) can register for this event and there is a limit of twenty (20) schools for the event.

Places on this will be allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis.
More information is available in the flyer attached.

NAPD is extremely grateful to Google and Camara Ireland.

Brought to you by NAPD ICT & Google Education Ireland

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

NAPD / PDST ICT Conference for School Leaders

NAPD ICT committee would like to thank everyone who attended the ICT Conference in the Convention Centre Dublin on Wednesday, 23 November 2016.

Over 380 delegates travelled to Dublin for the event.

Both PDST and NAPD are eager to run another ICT conference next year, and the evaluations from the day are important to gather to ensure this can be made possible.

  • A copy of everyone's keynote presentation, all of the resources from the day and links to other relevant ICT materials can be accessed through this link;

NAPD ICT wishes to thank the memebrs of the ICT Committee, Alan, Cathnia, Jean and Paul, our Director, Mr. Clive Byrne, Deputy Director, Mr. Tim Geraghty and President, Cathnia Ó Muircheartaigh, together with national Executive of NAPD for all their support in making the day a great success.

Friday, 28 October 2016

PDST/PDST Technology in Education, in conjunction with the ICT committee of the NAPD, conference for school leaders

PDST/PDST Technology in Education & NAPD to host ICT Conference for School Leaders

PDST/PDST Technology in Education, in conjunction with the ICT committee of NAPD, are delighted to host a conference for school leaders providing an opportunity for all attendees to consider a number of whole school issues in advance of annual funding being released by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) as per the Digital Strategy for Schools (2015 - 2020).

This funding will be made available to schools on an annual basis and guidelines on same are expected in the near future with initial funds to be made available to schools in the first few months of 2017. The Digital Strategy for Schools has pledged €210 ml to schools over the five year duration of the strategy.

Our conference will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin on Wednesday the 23rd of November. This is a beautiful venue close to the centre of Dublin. It is recommended that public transport be used on the day of the conference. There are a limited number of parking spaces in the area but the Convention Centre is well served by Grand Canal Luas stop nearby.

There will be a combination of plenary and workshop sessions so all school leaders present should bring a fully charged laptop/tablet device to get the most from the day. All in attendance should be able to connect wirelessly to the internet. The conference is free of charge for all those in attendance.

Places are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis through our online registration form. We will also have a confirmation process closer to the date whereby all people registered must confirm attendance.

Two school leaders (for example Principal and Deputy Principal) can attend from each school. A school may wish to send an ICT Coordinating teacher and they may attend contingent on attendance of Principal or Deputy Principal from their school. 

All details are at

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Microsoft and NAPD driving digital transformation in education

NAPD and Microsoft have teamed up to provide support and advice for school wishing to begin their digital transformation in education.

With the launch of the support site dedicated to Irish schools Dr Kevin Marshall, Microsoft Head of Education, says that the role of technology has fundamentally changed how we teach and learn. Microsoft has developed a set of frameworks and resources to allow every school to embrace this change and develop their own strategy for digital transformation. Microsoft is proud to work with the NAPD to provide school leaders across Ireland with resources to help ensure technology plays an important and impactful role in every students education. 

Visit the Tablets in Schools Page on the Blog or follow the link below for more details.

In addition over the coming weeks exclusive deals and supports for schools with NAPD members will be outlined on the site.

Monday, 3 October 2016

"Geo Fencing" (Disabling) YIK and YAK in schools

Really useful advice received via Margaret Griffiths, DP Dunmore CS, for schools in Galway Roscommon area but is applicable to all schools.

Re: Internet Safety

Dear Principal,

Galway and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC’s) are interagency structures comprising of statutory, voluntary and community organisations and agencies that provide a broad range of services to children and young people within their county area. CYPSC are tasked with co-ordinating service delivery in line with the national outcomes for children and young people as set out in “Better Outcomes Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014- 2020 (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2014).

One of the actions for Galway and Roscommon CYPSC’s was to improve the co-ordination of Internet Safety and cyber-bullying programmes and initiatives in both counties. A subgroup has been established comprising of many of the stakeholders, and Margaret Griffiths, Vice Principal, Dunmore Community College is representing post primary schools. Part of the work of the subgroup is to share information, and as a result it has come to our attention that many children and young people in secondary schools are using an App on their phones called YIK-YAK. This App allows a user to get a live feed of what people are saying around them. What differentiates YIK-YAK from other anonymous messaging Apps is that it is location based. The App combines GPS and instant messaging technologies to allow users to share what people are talking about within a ten-mile radius. For this reason the App has become a particularly popular source of news and gossip in school, and as it is completely anonymous, it leads to increased opportunities for cyber-bullying and on line abuse to occur in real time.

However, one of the features of YIK YAK is that schools can request to have their location ‘geo-fenced’ so that the App is disabled when the user is on school property. This is a very simple process and can be done by logging onto and filling in the details on the page. Once this is done, the App cannot be used on the school property and a message will appear advising users of this.

We are encouraging all schools in Galway and Roscommon to avail of this feature and ensure their school is ‘geo-fenced’ as this may go some way to reducing instances of cyber-bullying.

We hope this information is of use to you.

Kind Regards,

Caroline Duignan

Children and Young People’s Services Committee Co-ordinator, Galway and Roscommon

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Microsoft Future of Learning Event

Microsoft in partnership with DCU Institute of Education, St Patrick’s Drumcondra are hosting a special event with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. 
The event will take place on 3rd October 2016, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at DCU Institute of Education, DCU St Patrick’s Campus, (Lecture Hall E218), Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
At this  event you will have the opportunity to hear Satya’s vision on the future of learning. 
On the day also is guest speaker Mark Pollock who will share his personal story about challenging conventional thinking and overcoming adversity.

Register here