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July 21, 2016

Completing the Post Primary programme - by Damien Lonergan

I still find it hard to believe that I have finished the PME in Post Primary (PMEPP) education programme with Hibernia College. It has been the quickest and busiest two years of my life..! The last part of the course consisted of completing a thesis at home and a written exam in Croke Park. My research entitled “an investigation of teachers’ attitudes and knowledge towards using ICT in the classroom at post-primary level” was something that I really enjoyed doing. I felt that the process was not daunting at all because I was in regular contact with my thesis supervisor and he was able to provide me with detailed feedback for each chapter that I submitted. Furthermore, he is very knowledgeable in relation to ICT so I knew that I was getting the best help possible.

Since the very beginning of the PMEPP, I was very anxious about completing the written exam because I never liked doing them. Any anxieties that I had were laid to rest as the course progressed because I had access to the webinar recordings in order to use them as a study tool. Additionally, I was provided with past examination papers to ensure that I was familiar with the layout of the exam.

Now that my time is finished with Hibernia (for now..!), I am excited about what the future holds. As Chairperson for the Waterford branch of the French Teachers Association, I intend on using what I have learned from my thesis to provide other French Teachers in Waterford with effective continuous professional development. Moreover, I will be working with One Voice For Languages in order to help them prepare for their Languages Fair in 2017.  I will also be continuing to promote eTwinning and its advantages for schools for Léargas.

My advice for those currently completing the PMEPP with Hibernia is to find your niche and run with it. I loved learning about using social media for educational purposes. I put it into practice and I have not looked back since.


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