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Members of Galway Branch receive ASTI Award

Members of the Galway Branch of the TechnoTeachers Association receive the ASTI Outstanding Teacher Team Achievement Award which recognises the contribution made to schools and education by groups of teachers.
                A group of Design and Communication Graphics teachers from Galway work together each week to advance their skills and improve their teaching.  The Galway Techno Teachers Association meets once a week to collaborate in developing their subject knowledge, particularly in computers, design and drawing.   The group initiative began in 2007 when Design and Communications Graphics was introduced in place of Technical Drawing. The new subject brought huge changes to the subject and how it was to be examined; including the preparation by students of a analysis and design project, new topics and a much greater emphasis on Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Congratulations to all
Members of the Galway Branch of the TechnoTeachers Association receive the ASTI Outstanding Teacher Team Achievement Award which recognises the contribution made to schools and education by groups of teachers.
                A group of Design and Communication Graphics teachers from Galway work together each week to advance their skills and improve their teaching.  The Galway Techno Teachers Association meets once a week to collaborate in developing their subject knowledge, particularly in computers, design and drawing.   The group initiative began in 2007 when Design and Communications Graphics was introduced in place of Technical Drawing. The new subject brought huge changes to the subject and how it was to be examined; including the preparation by students of a analysis and design project, new topics and a much greater emphasis on Computer Aided Design (CAD).
                The challenge of adjusting to the new technologies and getting up to speed on the revised subject pulled the then dormant Galway Techno Teachers out of hibernation.  The Galway teachers saw the new subject's potential to meet modern students' educational needs. However, they knew that in order to get full benefit to their students, they would have to thoroughly develop their skills and abilities, particularly in relation to use of technology.  
                 They committed to working together each week to get up to speed and to provide subject support to new and existing teachers. They have since spent hundreds of hours of their free time developing professionally to provide a higher level of teaching to their students. The sessions were initially led by Brendan Joyce from  St. Paul's Secondary School Oughterard who shared his expert knowledge on computers.  The teachers continue to meet once a week; during each session one member will lead a presentation and the teachers will then collaborate on practical projects. At the moment the group are making their way through a set of online resources which will see them learn to design each of the component parts of a motorcycle.
The Committee of the Galway Techno Teachers' Association are: Eamon Madden, St Mary's College Ballygar; Seamus Cahalan, St Joseph's Patrician College, Galway City; Donal Quinn, St Mary's College Galway City; Brendan Joyce, St Paul's Secondary School, Oughterard; Eugene Flynn, St Jarlath's College Tuam; Tony Bloomer, St Ignatius College, Galway City; Martin Costello, Athenry Vocational School; and, Michael O'Griofa, Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara, Carna.
Congratulations to all