As report after report tell us that our second level students struggle to make the transition to third level, it is important for schools to acknowledge these findings and investigate routes to make the move easier. Schools throughout Ireland have introduced teaching methodologies which see students take more responsibility for their own learning. This is particularly important for senior second level students as they prepare for their move to third level.
St. Macartan’s College in Monaghan town has for years recognised the importance of ICT in the classroom. During the summer of 2014 underwent a complete electrical refurbishment through the government’s Summer Works Scheme. During these works the school took the opportunity to develop the school’s ICT capabilities further and to future proof the school’s infrastructure for the ever changing world of Information Technology. To do this St. Macartan’s turned to CNI Network Solutions, and Past Pupil Adrian Corrigan. CNI focuses on designing, building and developing computer networks and Wi-Fi systems. As a company CNI has grown significantly over recent years – incidentally seeing them employ a significant number of St. Macartan’s College past pupils. St. Macartan’s College also hosts the Monaghan Coder Dojo club on Saturday mornings. This computer coding club for young people has proved to be a very popular activity with young people from throughout the area attending. The enhanced WiFi and internet access at the school will add considerably to the clubs ability to cater for its ever expanding membership.