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Michael Hallissy

Website: www.h2.ie

Personal Statement


Personal Statement

My name is Michael Hallissy and along with my colleague, John Hurley, we run a small ICT in Education consultancy company in Dublin. I trained as a primary school teacher in Coláiste Mhuire Marino in the mid 1980s and I have had an interest in ICTs in education since that time. My honours degree project in TCD Dublin was on using the BBC microcomputer in my primary classroom. Having taught for two years I then emigrated to the US where I enrolled in Boston College's M.Ed programme where my major focus was on education technology with a minor focus on assessment and learning. During this time I also worked in the Newton Public School system where I had an opportunity to work with teachers in using education technology to enhance classroom assessment. On returning to Ireland in 1994 I resumed my teaching duties. My good friend and teaching colleague, John Hurley, established the first educational portal site in Ireland in February 2006, EdNet. We managed this website in our spare time after school and it quickly launched us into the world of ICT in education. From here I was seconded by the Irish Department of Education in 1996 to assist them in developing their first ICT in education policy, Schools IT 2000. Subsequently, both John and I worked in the NCTE. Having spent five years in the NCTE we both left in January 2002 and established H2 in August 2002.

Much of my work is focused on the creative use of ICTs in teaching and learning - particularly in using ICT in a constructivist manner. I am extremely interested in how technologies can improve student literacy, particularly their digital literacy. I am currently enrolled in the international EdD programme in the Institute of Education and I hope to conduct my research in the area of digital literacy and computer games. I believe computer games provides a great opportunity to create new forms of learning, particularly for students who are not engaged by traditional methods and approaches.


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