At the SITE conference, we attended a presentation entitled Teacher Identified Uses of Technology in the Classroom-an Irish Cohort. Both the topic and the Irish connection caught our attention.
Alison Egan from the Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, presented research she conducted with Ann FitzGibbon and Elizabeth Oldham from Trinity College, Dublin. It was interesting to learn how similar the use and non-use of technology are among the respondants in the Irish study and what we have observed in our own pre-service teachers.
Little did we know, when we left for Dublin, what a warm spot in our hearts we would have for all things Irish and that we could continue to experience Irish connections. Surely, this is a sign that there is a return trip in our future!