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MissionV


CONNECT,
CREATE, COLLABORATE!
Sponsorship
Opportunity

 

Mission V is an innovative 3D online learning environment where exceptionally able and twice exceptional primary school students have the opportunity to connect, create and collaborate. Our highly successful pilot project, based in a national school in Carlow, demonstrates that 3D learning software can help this group of students to unlock abilities which can go unnoticed in a traditional learning environment. In response to school and learning support enquiries we intend to roll out this project to a further 19 primary schools (20 schools in total) for this coming school year (2010/2011) and to this end we are actively seeking sponsorship. This is a unique opportunity for a sponsor to invest in excellence and innovation in education.

 

 

Students of Gaelscoil Eoghain Uí Thuairisc introduce their Virtual World Project

“If this project was rolled out to each school in the country the potential is phenomenal”.
Simon Lewis, Principal, Carlow Educate Together
refers to the project during his keynote speech at the
ICT in Education Conference, May 2010

 

BACKGROUND

In February 2010 Giftedkids.ie, the voluntary support and advocacy website for exceptionally able children, and Daynuv, an organisation specialising in the creation of virtual worlds for immersive education, began a new ICT initiative aimed at supporting a group of exceptionally able students in Gaelscoil Eoghain Uí Thuairisc Carlow. The project was innovative in that it was the first of its kind in Ireland to use 3D simulation software and programming tools to teach part of the primary school curriculum. The response from the school, the students themselves and from the education community as a whole has been hugely positive. Indeed, during his keynote address to the ICT in Education conference last May Carlow Educate Together principal Simon Lewis said, Giftedkids.ie and Daynuv are both supported by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

THE KEY COMPONENTS OF OUR PROPOSAL

  • Project to be rolled out to 20 schools in total for academic year 2010/2011.
  • Each registered school will have access to their own island on MissionV where they can build, share and explore.
  • New website to be developed which will include a collaborative area for teachers and students to arrange virtual visits between islands to connect socially and organise collaborations, e.g. historial re-enactments.
  • Sponsor's logo to appear on all material relating to the project and on all communication to the individual schools.
  • We will have a virtual office on the simulation which will have Sponsor's logos on virtual advertising hoardings.
  • Sponsor to have first refusal on second leg of sponsorship in school year 2011/2012.
  • Sponsor to use project information in promotional material online and in print media.

OUR VISION

We have a natural, sustainable resource in Ireland which is unidentified, unsupported and under utilised; a resource that has the potential to make a significant contribution to Ireland’s development of a smart economy. We are offering one sponsor the opportunity to be the first to invest in this resource -- exceptionally able or talented children. There are estimated to be more than 27,000 exceptionally able children in Ireland; these children stand out from their peers in 3 key ways - they learn faster, earlier and differently. Children with high ability can be found across all socioeconomic groups, in all communities and can also present with a range of learning difficulties such as Aspergers, ADHD and Dyslexia. At present there is no coordinated effort to support their unique educational needs at primary school level. The result is that far from excelling academically, these children can often find school difficult due to issues of boredom, crippling perfectionism and lack of peer group support and appropriate educational challenges. This project seeks to support exceptionally able primary school students in the classroom from all socio-economic backgrounds and, most importantly, those with additional learning difficulties; to challenge and engage them and ultimately help them to achieve their full potential.

INVESTMENT

This is a unique opportunity for a sponsor to invest in Ireland’s talented youth and to engage with those children who will be the future technologists, scientists and innovators of tomorrow. It would be a high profile project which we hope would be extended to other schools over the coming years. 3D technology is now used extensively in universities across the world; Ireland would be one of the first countries to use Second life type software in a primary school setting. Our pilot evaluation shows that this software can be used to teach the full range of primary school curriculum subjects. Let's ensure that Ireland does not get left behind when it comes to developing 21st century skills in it's student population. We need to ensure that our young people become original digital creators not just end users.

CONTACT:

If you are excited by the prospect of supporting such an innovative project and would like to learn more please contact Margaret Keane or James Corbett. In the meantime here is a short video presentation.

 

The project has also recently been the focus of an indepth article and video by Tom Murphy of Socialmedia.net. We would like to thank Tom and Ina O'Murchu for their support.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This is not an expert site, it is run on a voluntary basis and as such is based on opinion and experience but we hope that it acts as a signpost for educational resources and other support services for Irish families with exceptionally able children. By using this website you accept that any dependence by you on such information, opinion or advice is at your own risk.

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