The first university-based Apple Regional Training Centre in Ireland has opened in the School of Education at Galway University.
Pictured at the official launch of the Apple iPedagogy Learning Environment at the School of Education, NUI Galway (left to right): Jim Lenaghan, Chief Technical Officer, School of Education; Prof Keith Sullivan, Head, School of Education; Prof Kevin Barry, Dean, College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies; Dr. Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, NUI Galway.
The aim of the centre is to promote excellence in educational technology and pedagogical research, and the creative application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in teaching.
Known as the Apple iPedagogy Learning Environment (AiPLE), the facility will provide innovative pre-service ICT skills development for teachers in the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, and Dioplóma Iarchéime san Oideachas.
The centre will also support teachers’ in-service ICT skills development in the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Educational Studies, Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education Needs, and Master of Education.
The new centre was made possible by seed funding from NUI Galway’s Millennium Fund, and matching funding support from Apple Ireland and the Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.