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Lego® Education Innovation Studio
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Lego® Education Innovation Studio

The DCU special Nationwide programme broadcasted on RTÉ 1 on Friday 27th January from 7pm to 7:30pm.

http://www.rte.ie/news/player/nationwide/2017/0127/ [Lego Education Innovation Studio from 5:56 to 9:23]

As part of this TV programme Professor Deirdre Butler of DCU Institute of Education showcased how her student teachers and school children are learning through play by using Lego in innovative ways.

Focusing on the theme of “Speed” and using the programmable Lego Education WeDo materials students from the DL Minor and Major specialisms worked with the teachers and children from Scoil Mobhí.

Dublin City University is partnering with Lego® Education to create an interactive learning hub that will help DCU student teachers and Irish schools develop innovative and creative approaches to teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects in the classroom.

The creation of the flagship Lego® Education Innovation Studio (LEIS), will see the new Institute of Education (IoE) at DCU’s St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra become the first centre of teacher education in Ireland to mainstream these innovative approaches across all its programmes.  The Institute’s students will develop new approaches to teaching that can be replicated in schools throughout the country, igniting a passion for STEM subjects from early childhood education right through to third level.  By adopting Lego®’s playful learning tools, teachers graduating from DCU Institute of Education will be fully skilled in helping schoolchildren develop ‘Hands-on Minds-on’ 21st Century skills such as creative thinking, problem-solving, team-working and communication.