Margaret Leahy

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I am Head of the School of STEM Education, Global Studies and Innovation and also part of the Digital Learning Team (Primary)

As a member of the Digital Learning Team, I have been instrumental in the development of a range of teaching programmes across the continuum from preservice to postgraduate teacher education. Built on a body of classroom-based research and organic in nature, the courses are designed to explore what being digital in learning can mean and how teachers at all levels can meaningfully use the extensive range of digital tools available in the 21st century.

Driven by my interest in the ways in which teachers, learners and digital technologies can interact to create powerful learning environments in school, I have been continuously involved in a broad range of research projects and initiatives (totalling over €400,000 to date). As co-lead in many of these, I have played a key role in designing, implementing and disseminating findings. These include the Innovative Schools programme (ISP, 2007-2009); the DLPC teacher professional learning programme (developed with Meath VEC, 2009-2013) and the subsequent development of the 21CLD MOOC which was launched in January 2016. I was also involved in the development of the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 (Schools ICT Census 2013; Consultative Paper, Butler et al., 2013) while most recently, I have been involved in an international collaboration led by Distinguished Professor Niki Davis of Canterbury University, New Zealand  in carrying out an exploratory analysis of smart multi-stakeholder partnerships in education (Davis et al., 2015; Leahy et al., 2016). We believe that smart partnerships will be necessary to leverage technological tools effectively in schools as many schools and related educational agencies no not have the required expertise or infrastructure.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2020 Butler, D., Twining, P., Broadley, T., Fisser, P., Forget-Dubois, N., Peiris, M.G., Kalaš, I. Lacasse,M., Leahy, M. & Shelton, C (2020) 'National Policies in Curriculum Reforms: What Makes a Quality Curriculum in a Technological Era?' In: eBook : EDUsummIT 2019 - eBook. Link
2020 Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2020) 'Using Classroom Practice as “an Object to Think with” to Develop Preservice Teachers’ Understandings of Computational Thinking' In: Cham : Springer.
2019 Butler D., Leahy M., Hallissy M., Brown M. (2019) 'Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies' In: Springer Nature Switzerland AG : Springer International Publishing.
2018 Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., & Brown, M (2018) 'Scaling a model of teacher professional learning – Harnessing MOOCs to recreate deep learning conversations' In: Switzerland : Springer.
2017 Leahy, M., Butler, D., Twining P., Chtouki, Y., Moore, K., Nikolov, R., Sherman, A., Sherman B., Valtonen, T. with Akoh, B., Miniano, P., & Farshadnia (2017) 'Education systems in the digital age: The need for alignment. ' In: http://unesco.unibit.bg/sites/default/files/EDUSummIT%202017%20eBook%20final%2012.4.18.pdf : UNESCO.
2015 Davis, N., Leahy, M., Lewin, C., Charania, A., & Nordin, H. with Ave Mejia, Davor Orlec, Deirdre Butler, Vanessa Chang, Ben Daniel Motidyang, Ola Erstad, and Olatz Lopez-Fernandez (2015) 'Smart Partnerships' In: Australia : Curtin University. Link
2015 Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2015) 'Developing a Vision and Moving Forward' In: Dublin : Liffey Press.
2015 Leahy, M. (2015) 'Connections: In-school and out-of-school technology-mediated literacy practices in a disadvantaged primary school in Ireland. In Shaping the Future: How technology can lead to educational transformation' In: Dublin : Liffey Press.
2015 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2015) 'Moving towards Innovation: The Development of a Sustainable Framework for Teacher Professional Learning' In: Dublin : Liffey Press.

Reports

Year Publication
2014 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2014) Evaluation of Personalised Professional Training Pathways for VET Teachers: ePathways. REPORT
2010 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2010) Evaluation of EACEA Lifelong Learning Programme: eTQF – A framework to support teachers’ continuing professional development in the use of ICTs. REPORT
2009 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2009) Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Year Two Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft. REPORT
2009 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2009) Evaluation of European Pedagogical Information and Communication Technologies License (EPICT) pilot project. REPORT
2008 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2008) Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Year One Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft. REPORT
2007 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2007) Microsoft Innovative Schools Program Evaluation: Baseline Report – Ireland, in collaboration with Stanford Research Institute on behalf of Microsoft. REPORT

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2021) 'Developing Pre-service Teachers’ Understanding of Computational Thinking: A Constructionist Lens'. British Journal of Educational Technology, (00):1-18.
2020 Twining, P., Butler, D., Fisser, P., Leahy, M., Shelton, C., Forget-Dubois, N., & Lacasse, M. (2020) 'Developing a quality curriculum in a technological era'. Educational Technology Research and Development, .
2019 Woods, A & Leahy, M (2019) 'Using Digital Technologies to Support Inclusion in the Mainstream Primary Classroom'. Reach, 32 (2):102-124.
2018 Butler, D., Leahy, M., Twining, P., Akoh, B., Chtouki, Y., Farshadnia, S., Moore, K., Nikolov, R., Pascual, C., Sherman, B. & Valtonen, T. (2018) 'Education systems in the digital age: The need for alignment. '. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, .
2017 Butler, D;Leahy, M;Hallissy, M;Brown, M (2017) 'Different strokes for different folks: scaling a blended model of teacher professional learning'. Interactive Technology and Smart Education, .
2016 Leahy, M., Davis, N., Lewin, C., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orlic, D., Butler, D., & Lopez-Fernandez, O. (2016) 'Smart Partnerships to Increase Equity in Education'. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY, 19 (3):84-98.
2010 Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2010) 'Redefining Book Reviews for the Digital Era'. Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education, 10 (1). Link
2005 Leahy, M., & Twomey, D (2005) 'Using Web Design with Pre-service Teachers as a means of creating a Collaborative Learning environment'. Educational Media International, 42 (2).

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2020 Butler, D & Leahy, M. (2020) CONSTRUCTIONISM 2020 . In: Tangney, B., Rowan Byrne, J., Girvan eds. Developing pre-service teachers’ understanding of computational thinking: a constructionist lens Link
2020 Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hsu, H. P., & Moynihan, D (2020) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Impact of pre-service teachers’ gaming behaviours on their confidence and competence in applying game-based learning approaches: Implications for Teacher Educators
2020 Shonfeld, M., Knezek, G., Starkey, L., Christensen, R., Ng, C.Y., Butler, D., Leahy, M., Twinning, P., Phillips, M. and Yildiz, M (2020) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference EDUsummIT Symposium SITE 2020-Learners and learning contexts: New alignments for the digital age
2018 Leahy, M., Butler,D., Mc Quaid, D., Ryan, R. & Tormey F. (2018) Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Introducing Computational Thinking to Primary School Classrooms in Ireland: A Constructionist Approach
2018 Voogt, J., Lai, K.W., Knezek, G., Christensen, R., Forkosh Baruch, A., Grinshkun, V., Grigoryev, S., Shonfeld, M., Smits, A., Henrikson, D., Henderson, M., Uvarov, A., Philips, M., Webb, M., Niederhauser, D., Mishra, P., Leahy, M., Butler, D. & Strijker, A. (2018) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference . In: E. Langran & J. Borup eds. Part 1: Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age – Implications for Teacher Education
2016 Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., & Brown, M. (2016) Proceedings of the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society 2016, Educational Technologies 2016 and Sustainability, Technology and Education 2016 Scaling a Model of Teacher Professional Learning – to MOOC or not to MOOC?
2016 Davis, N., Leahy, M., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orlic, D., Lewin, C. & Lopez-Fernandez, O (2016) Proceedings of Global Learn 2016. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (This paper received an award for ‘Outstanding Paper’) Smart Partnerships in Education: What are they?
2016 Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., and Brown, M (2016) 33rd International Conference of Innovation and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education Embedding Classroom Practice in as 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) MOOC Framework 33rd
2015 Butler, D & Leahy, M (2015) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Towards the development of a new Digital Strategy for Schools in Ireland
2015 Leahy, M. & Butler, D. (2015) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Key Elements of a Sustainable Framework for Teacher Professional Learning
2011 Leahy, M (2011) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Meaning Making Practices in the Construction of Multomodal Digital Texts
2011 Shear, L., Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2011) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Examining the Artifacts of Classroom Practice: 21st Century Learning Rubrics for Teacher Professional Development
2011 Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2011) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Sharing Classroom Practices: A Scalable, Sustainable Model of Teacher Professional Development for Learning in the 21st Century
2011 Leahy, M. & Butler, D. (2011) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 21st Century Learning Rubrics: A Catalyst towards School-Level Innovation
2010 Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2010) Job-embedded professional development: Moving traditional education toward innovation in Ireland
2010 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2010) Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Moving Towards Innovation: The development of a sustainable framework for teacher professional development
2007 Butler, D., & Leahy, M. (2007) Using DV to create online digital video book reviews Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE2007)
2007 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2007) Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE2007 Using DV to create Online Digital Video Book Reviews
2007 Leahy, M (2007) Proceedings of Society of Information and Communications Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) Clayanimation as a Bridge to Storytelling
2005 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2005) Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference The TeachNet Ireland Project as a Model of Professional Development for Teachers
2002 Leahy, M & Twomey, D (2002) International Federation for Information Processing, Working Group 3.5 Conference on Informatics and Elementary Education Using Web Design with Pre-service Teachers as a means of creating a Collaborative Learning Environment

Edited Book

Year Publication
2015 Butler, D., Marshall, K. & Leahy, M (Ed.). (2015) Dublin: Liffey Press,
2002 Twomey, D., Leahy, M., Bree, O., Savage, T. & Close, S (Ed.). (2002) Dublin: St Patrick's College of Education,

Published Report

Year Publication
Butler, D. & Leahy, M. Being a Digital Learner. National Centre for Curriculum and Assessment, .
2018 Cosgrove, J., Duggan, A., Shiel, G. and Leahy, M. (2018) Digital learning framework trial evaluation: Final report. Digital learning framework trial evaluation: Final report, . Link
2018 Cosgrove, J., Ní Chobhthaigh, S., Shiel, G. & Leahy, M (2018) Digital Learning Framework Trial Evaluation: Baseline Report. Educational Research Centre, .
2014 Cosgrove, J, Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., Kavanagh, L. & Creaven, A (2014) Summary Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools. St. Patrick’s College of Education, Education Research Centre, .
2014 Cosgrove, J, Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., Kavanagh, L. & Creaven, A (2014) Report on the 2013 ICT Census in Schools. St. Patrick’s College of Education, Education Research Centre, .
2013 Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., & Cosgrove, J. (2013) Building Towards a Learning Society: A National Digital Strategy for Schools. St. Patrick’s College of Education, Education Research Centre, .

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2017 Lai, K-W., Butler, D., Leahy, M., Lewin, C., Passey, D., Shonfeld, M., Twinning, P. & Webb, M. (2017) World Conference on Computers in Education Rethinking learning in a digital age: Connecting research, practice and policy making. Symposium Dublin, .
2019 Margaret Leahy (2019) LeaP, ITE Symposium 2019 -Learners as Producers Keynote Presentation New Dehli, India, 01/07/2019-02/07/2019.
2020 Leahy, M., Butler, D., & Broderick, N. (2020) Open Conference on Computers in Education (OCCE) 2020, IFIP TC3 IGGniting STEM in Irish Girl Guides Mumbai, India, .
2020 Webb, M., Fluck, A., Lewin, C., Bescherer, C., Butler, D. & Leahy, M. (2020) Open Conference on Computers in Education (OCCE) 2020, IFIP TC3 Learners and learning contexts: New alignments for the digital age - Outcomes from EDUsummIT 2019 Mumbai, India, .
2018 Leahy, M., Butler,D., Mc Quaid, D., Ryan, R. & Tormey F. (2018) SMEC 2018. Science and Mathematics Education Conference Bringing Computational Thinking into STEM Education in Primary School Hosted by CASTeL, Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning. Dublin City University, .
2017 Butler, D., Leahy, M., Hallissy, M., and Brown, M (2017) World Conference on Computers in Education Scaling a model of teacher professional training - Can we recreate deep learning conversations live online Dublin, .
2016 Butler, D., Hallissy, M., Donlon, E., Leahy, M., Hurley, J. & Brown, M (2016) Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA):EdTech2016 21CLD MOOC: A Triarchic Response to Teacher Professional Learning Dublin, .
2016 Davis, N., Lewin, C., Leahy, M., Charania, A,. Correia, A., Kato, Y. (2016) SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference Symposium. Smart Partnerships in Education: What are they and what do they look like? Portugal, .
2016 Leahy, M. & Butler, D (2016) SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference Smart Partnerships to build a sustainable framework for teacher professional learning Guimarães,Portugal, .
2016 Butler, D., Hallissy, M., Donlon, E., Leahy, M., Hurley, J. & Brown, M. (2016) Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA):EdTech2016 21CLD MOOC: A Triarchic Response to Teacher Professional Learning Dublin, .
2016 Leahy, M., Charania, A., Davis, N., Lewin, C., & Correia, A (2016) SaITE 2016 International Federation of Information Processing TC3 Joint Conference Smart partnerships in education: What are they and what do they look like? Guimarães,Portugal, .
2012 Leahy, M. (2012) University of London: Doctoral Summer School Conference Constructions of Technology-Mediated Technology: A Case Study of Disadvantaged Primary School in Ireland Institute of Education, London, .
2010 Butler, D. & Leahy, M (2010) Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association Job-embedded professional development: Moving traditional education toward innovation in Ireland Denver, Colarado, .
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Committees

Committee Function From / To
IFIP TC3.3 https://www.ifip-tc3.org/ -

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date
IGGnite STEM (Irish Girl Guides engaging with STEM ) 21/04/2018 10/11/2018
ICT Census of Schools 01/01/2012 01/07/2013
Supporting the Development of Preservice and Inservice Teacher Education in Kosovo 01/06/2011 01/06/2014
Development of a Sustainable CPD framework 01/09/2010 01/06/2012
Digital Learning Peer Coaching (DLPC) 01/09/2009 01/06/2011
Innovative Schools Project Scholarship fund National Evaluator 01/10/2007 01/06/2009
Innovative School Programme (ISP) Evaluation National Evaluator 01/10/2007 01/07/2009

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests centre on what being digital in learning can mean and how teachers at all levels can meaningfully use the extensive range of digital tools available in the 21st century. I also have responsibility for preparing preservive teachers to teach remotely. I teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the BEd, PMEP, MEd and EdD programmes:
  • Ed1017 (Enabling Learning -Digital Learning)
  • Ed4064 (Digital Learning & Online Pedagogies)
  • SG207 (Meaning Making with Multimedia)
  • SG305 (Gaming to Learn)
  • Ed8039 (Digital Learning)
  • Ed9047 (Online Teaching & Learning)
  • Ed9029 (Translating Policy to Practice) 
  • Ed8004 (Qualitative Research Methods)
  • IE602 (Qualitative Approaches to Educational 

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Enabling Learning ED8039
2022 Meaning Making with Multimedia SG207