What is the MissionV Schools Programme?
MissionV is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes the development of 21st century skills through innovative online technologies. We are enhancing the Irish classroom by providing the digital tools for teachers and students to design and create their own, curriculum-based, interactive content - for powerful new learning experiences.
During 2011-12 we ran a pilot project in 20 primary schools, supported by the National Centre for Technology and Education (NCTE). Drawn from 14 counties we had large, small, urban and rural schools including a number designated disadvantaged.
38 schools have applied to participate on our programme, which will run from 5 November to 30 June 2013. But, because no Departmental funding is available this year we now need your help.
What have professional educators said about MissionV?
Jerome Morrissey, (then) Director of the NCTE said -
“The project is very timely given the Department of Education and Skills’ prioritisation of numeracy at both primary and post primary level”
Anne McMorrough, Teacher at St. Martin De Porres National School, Tallaght said -
“Being part of the MissionV Project has been a completely captivating experience! It has provided us with simple tools to collaboratively imagine and build new worlds within a 3D virtual space, pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning in so many dynamic, exciting ways.”
Marion Morrin, Teacher at St. Munchins, Limerick said -
“Teaching and learning in [MissionV] has huge potential with endless possibilities for creativity, problem solving and collaboration. My pupils are highly engaged and highly motivated, they frequently assist one another and me and they consider their work on MissionV to be fun. They are very focussed and they are developing skills in the areas of co-operation, problem solving and creativity”
Paul Moroney, Teacher at St. Patrick’s BNS, Mallow, Co. Cork said -
“The children are actively engaging with each other to design, and create. Every child regardless of academic ability has shown a great aptitude for learning in this way. The programme has encouraged the children in my class to solve problems in a creative and collaborative way using a wide range of 21st century skills.”
Esther Lambe, Principal at St. Kierans NS, Broughall, Co. Offaly said -
“Challenging, exciting, innovative, exhausting, futuristic, satisfying, fun, are some of the words I would use. Each day the children brought enthusiasm and genuine commitment to their learning. As they acquired new knowledge, their ideas and zest for more increased”
Stephen Devlin, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Inchicore, Dublin said -
“I would recommend it to every teacher as it suits a wide range of learning styles whilst also teaching a wide range of skills. My class have learned many new computer and social skills during this process and constantly ask “When are we doing MissionV again?”
What will the money be used for?
The money we raise will go to the production costs of the service for the programme, including setting up the necessary infrastructure to provide convenient online access to all schools and teacher training.
Many thanks for your interest in our project!
James Corbett, co-founder & Margaret Keane, co-founder
MissionV Education Ltd.