Galmoy children leading the way

Galmoy National School is the first school in Ireland to receive two prestigious acknowledgements from Microsoft.

Galmoy National School is the first school in Ireland to receive two prestigious acknowledgements from Microsoft.

Youngsters and staff at the school have been lauded for the initiative they have shown in embracing new forms of technology. Microsoft Innovative School and Microsoft Partner in Learning.

The school is now recognised as a ‘Microsoft Innovation School’ and has also received the accolade of ‘Microsoft Partners in Learning’.

According to principal Brian Boyle the school received the titles on the back of reviewing practices in embracing technology in the school.

“We have been awarded the status of a ‘Microsoft Innovation school’. We are the first school in Ireland to achieve this status and one of only 36 worldwide. I am delighted with this and would like to thank all the pupils and staff for their hard work. It is a great achievement that we are the first school in Ireland to be recognised in this way.

“This worldwide programme seeks to acknowledge schools who seek to help students and educators reach their full potential through innovation in the area of technology use in the classroom,” he said.

The Microsoft Innovative Schools Program helps schools embrace innovation and implement technology effectively to support teaching and learning. Through this programme school leaders can explore the possibilities, collaborate with other leaders and create a vision for the future of your school community.

To achieve this accreditation Microsoft reviewed the current practices in the classroom and requested information on our IT vision for the future.

“As an innovative school, we benefit from deeper engagement, increased access to global thought leaders and mentoring opportunities from education experts. We also join a community of school leaders from around the world who work closely together to develop a culture of innovation that enables children to develop 21st century skills,” added Mr Boyle.