Lucky pupils win Android tablets

Courtney Meehan from Belmont House, Ilex Chair Philip Flynn, Tony Miller from Lisneal College, Jamie Lynch from Foyle College, Chloe Griffiths from St. Marys College and Susan Coyle from Thornhill College

Courtney Meehan from Belmont House, Ilex Chair Philip Flynn, Tony Miller from Lisneal College, Jamie Lynch from Foyle College, Chloe Griffiths from St. Marys College and Susan Coyle from Thornhill College

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Fourteen pupils from various schools in Derry have been presented with a Microsoft Surface Tablet from Ilex.

The initiative, which was led in partnership with Foyle Learning Community, presented the tablets after a second online survey was conducted to determine how young people access digital media.

Oisin McSheffrey from Immaculate Conception College, Canice Cusack from St. Joseph�s Boys� School, Ilex Chair Philip Flynn, Eimear Quinn from St. Patrick�s & St. Brigid�s College and Robert Miller from Lisneal College
Oisin McSheffrey from Immaculate Conception College, Canice Cusack from St. Joseph�s Boys� School, Ilex Chair Philip Flynn, Eimear Quinn from St. Patrick�s & St. Brigid�s College and Robert Miller from Lisneal College

The online survey was rolled out to all post primary schools in the Derry City Council area.

In recognition of the schools’ participation, Ilex has presented 14 Microsoft Surface Tablets, one to a pupil from each of the 14 post primary schools that took part.

Ilex’s chair Philip Flynn said “The city’s primary asset is its young people and our future competitive position will be defined by their abilities in digital media. A 2013 Europe-wide survey on ICT in Education identified the critical importance of balancing formal learning in school, with informal learning at home, to prepare young people for the rapidly changing digital workplace. In fact, this report suggests that in some European countries, students’ digital media skills far exceed those of their teachers.

“We are delighted that over 3,000 young people to date have completed the digital survey, and first results show that 97% of respondents have internet access at home. Ilex will now work alongside local schools to extend home e-learning and upskill our young people.

Ilexs Chair Philip Flynn pictured with pupils from the citys post primary schools who won a Microsoft Surface Tablet for completing the Ilex Digital Media survey
Ilexs Chair Philip Flynn pictured with pupils from the citys post primary schools who won a Microsoft Surface Tablet for completing the Ilex Digital Media survey
Ilexs Chair Philip Flynn pictured with Ruairi Curran from Oakgrove Integrated College, Dylan McIntyre from St. Columbs College, Tyra Connolly from St. Brigids College and Serena Tierney from St. Cecilias College
Ilexs Chair Philip Flynn pictured with Ruairi Curran from Oakgrove Integrated College, Dylan McIntyre from St. Columbs College, Tyra Connolly from St. Brigids College and Serena Tierney from St. Cecilias College
 

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