What is the Connect School?

St. Aidan's Connect School is one of a number of exciting initiatives by South Dublin County Council under the Connect banner.

Connect envisions a future where everyone in South Dublin County uses the Internet as an everyday tool to improve their quality of life, to develop opportunities for life long learning, leisure, personal and social development

Connect St. Aidan’s Community School is developing student centered technology through an innovative learning culture in order to improve school attendance, participation in class and educational outcomes for the students. To achieve this vision the project is working to three main goals:

Goal 1 To develop Student Centred Technology that supports an innovative learning culture in the school
Goal 2 To deliver a high standard and range of technologies available to the school that enables the development of a Virtual Learning Environment for the Students and Teachers
Goal 3 To develop awareness and ownership of the project within the local community, the Education Sector and other stakeholders, creating leverage of and disseminating project achievements

The Connect St Aidan's Moodle Virtual Learning Environment is located at http://connect.learnonline.ie/

The initiative involves School Management, Teachers, Students (1st Years and ACE 6th Year Students of 2006/07 School Year), their Parents and the local community. The School has committed to develop Student Centred Technology through the leadership of the Management and development of the Teachers. The focus within the school is on developing an interactive learning culture across the whole curriculum and on developing the active participation of the Students, Parents and local community.
The partners in making this project happen are the Department of Education & Science (D/ES), the Dublin West Education Centre (DWEC), the Institute of Technology, Tallaght (ITT), the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE), and South Dublin County Council (SDCC).

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