On Tuesday 26th May, the students of Gaelscoil Bharra in Cabra, Dublin, launched their innovative new school technology product with the support of the social enterprise Camara.
As part of the Young Social Innovators program, the students researched, designed, and sourced a special school-specific wearable USB wristband.
Amongst their first customers and helping them launch the new product was the CEO of the international social enterprise Camara Education.
Speaking at the launch, school principal Séan O’Donaile commented, “The school is delighted to be launching such a positive initiative involving technology, entrepreneurship and the arts. It’s been fantastic seeing students taking on this project and leading it with minimal help from us teachers!”.
John Fitzsimons, CEO of Camara, said, “It is wonderful to see Gaelscoil Bharra putting the teacher training and computers they received from Camara to such good use. This is exactly the type of innovative creative education program that ICT can facilitate in the classroom.”
Camara, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting schools and youth centres use computers to improve education and has been working with the school for the last three years, supplying both computer hardware and teacher training.
Aodh Ó Máirtín, the teacher coordinating the USB Wristband project, has introduced many new initiatives both in his classroom and across the school, using the Camara technology and training to great effect, “we take it for granted that kids have laptops but there are always those kids that don’t have access, Camara has given access to what should be available readily.”