Students at a small Lifford national school are preparing to take on the infamous dragons of the Dragons Den TV show.
Staff and students at Scoil Cholmcille NS, Cloughfin, Ballindrait are set to take part in the “EXCITED Digital Learning Festival” running from May 21st to 23rd in Dublin Castle.
While over 350 students are expected to take part in the event, Cloughfin NS are one of only four schools participating in the Dragons Den Challenge at the 2nd EXCITED Digital Learning Festival.
The Dragons’ Den Challenge will see four schools create an ‘EdTech’ innovation that will be presented to a panel of three Dragon judges as part of the EXCITED Digital Learning festival.
In preparation for the challenge each school received a day of training delivered by the Learnovate Centre where they explored how to generate ‘EdTech’ ideas on how to incorporate technology into learning in the classroom.
The schools each held their own ‘internal’ competition to select the best idea from their group of students.
Each of the schools are also allocated a mentor who will help them use the ‘Lean Canvass’ model to develop their idea.
After working with their mentor they will spend time ‘refining’ their idea and preparing a presentation for the Dragons.
The mentors will work with the teams to allocate roles, script the presentation, with User Experience specialists available to come up with a graphic representation of the idea that will be projected as a backdrop to the presentation. Each team will present in turn to the Dragons with the winning team announced at the festival.
School principal Fiona Farry is also one of the speakers at the event next Saturday about how she uses technology in the classroom.
She says they are remaining tight lipped about the idea they will pitch to the ‘Dragons’ and that they are looking forward to attending the event.
Fiona said there is already a large number of good technology ideas in the education sector but they are seeking to develop some thing new.
“When you try and invent something new that can be used to help education by using technology and when you come up with a good idea, and go to looking it up, often it has been thought of somewhere else. It is tough but we are enjoying it,” she said of the challenge
“Growing our Network - Recruiting Revolutionaries” is the theme for the 2015 event which will focus on how to meaningfully embrace more participants to have an active part to play in the future of digitally enhanced learning.
Limited early bird tickets are now on sale for €35 via the website www.excited.ie