Colm Cille - from Manuscripts to eBooks

Mayor of Derry, Colr Kevin Campbell  pictured with local schoolchildren from Ebrington PS, Holy Child PS and Scoil Eadoin Mhoir at the launch of the Colmcille Interactive programme for schools.  Also in photo are John Peto (Nerve Centre), Richard Hanna (CCEA) and Shona McCarthy (Culture Company) . (1705JB17)

Mayor of Derry, Colr Kevin Campbell pictured with local schoolchildren from Ebrington PS, Holy Child PS and Scoil Eadoin Mhoir at the launch of the Colmcille Interactive programme for schools. Also in photo are John Peto (Nerve Centre), Richard Hanna (CCEA) and Shona McCarthy (Culture Company) . (1705JB17)

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As Derry celebrates all things Colm Cille, a suite of digital learning resources highlighting the life and legacy of the iconic figure have just been launched.

Officially launched earlier this week at the Nerve Centre, the resources include an iPhone App which looks at Colm Cille and the cultural treasures that he left as his legacy, an interactive website ‘Colm Cille – Life and Legacy’ (www.ccea.org.uk/colmcille), short films exploring the life of Colm Cille and a series of free bilingual eBooks.

Developed through a unique partnership between the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), the Nerve Centre and the Culture Company, the resources explore the rich heritage of Colm Cille as one of Derry’s greatest cultural icons through cutting edge technology and creativity.

Speaking at the launch, CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna, said: “Colm Cille – Life and Legacy’ is an excellent example of how we can use technology to enhance pupils’ educational experience and engage them in their learning. We’re particularly excited because this is the first App we have produced. All of the materials are in a bilingual format (English and Irish) and free to download from the website.”

Derry’s Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell who attended the unveiling, said: “This App is a valuable resource for those looking ahead to the Return of Colm Cille celebrations in June and beyond the City of Culture year. It provides a digital archive of one of the city’s most important historical figures, offering users a unique opportunity to learn about the man who helped shape this city. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

The project is one of a range of educational legacy projects that the Nerve Centre has developed for the City of Culture year that fuse creative digital technologies with the curriculum and locally relevant content to deliver educational benefits to schools and young people.

Nerve Centre Director of Education, John Peto, said: “The partnership with CCEA and Culture Company has allowed the Nerve Centre to deliver real benefits into classrooms here and will exist as a digital legacy of 2013 for years to come.”

The project is one of a range of UK City of Culture initiatives celebrating Colm Cille, including the Digital Book of Kells. The project resources and App can be seen and downloaded at: www.ccea.org.uk/colmcille