A Donegal school has won a prestigious Safer Internet Day Awards 2019, following the Webwise competition’s first awards ceremony at Microsoft’s dedicated innovation and education hub, DreamSpace.
Abbey Vocational School, in Donegal Town, scooped the honours for its Best Anti-Bullying Campaign.
Inspired by the work being done in schools around Ireland on internet safety, Webwise, the internet safety initiative of the Professional Development Services for Teachers, created the unique event to celebrate achievements made by students, teachers and schools in raising awareness of online safety whilst also promoting healthy and creative uses of technology in their communities.
The competition continues to grow, with schools across Ireland submitting projects.
Categories in this year’s competition included best use of technology, best campaign, best use of social media and more. The winning schools and students received their awards at an exclusive award ceremony with surprise gig with popular Irish band; Chasing Abbey in Microsoft’s dedication innovation and education hub, DreamSpace at the company’s headquarters in Leopardstown.
Competition entries were peer-led, with young people tackling issues that are important to them. From this year’s projects emerged themes such as device-free campaigns, misinformation, media literacy, respectful communication, image-sharing and managing online well-being, among others.
Safer Internet Day 2019 saw 145,000 students across more than 550 schools in Ireland participate. This a record number of young people joining in Safer Internet Day in Ireland and marks more than a 30% increase, almost 45,000 more students, involved this year.
However, all schools in Ireland are invited to register at any time for a visit to DreamSpace through www.dreamspace.ie. Registrations for the next school year, September 2019 to June 2020, will open in late March 2019 so log on early to arrange a visit. For all updates from Microsoft’s Education team follow our Twitter channel @MS_eduIRL.
SID Awards Winners
BEST OVERALL CAMPAIGN
Highly Commended -
Kingswood Community College, Dublin 24
Ennis Community College, Co. Clare
St. Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary
Eureka College, Kells Co. Meath
BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
McEgan College, Co.Cork
BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ard Scoil Mhuire, Corbally, Limerick -The Safety Net Podcast
Highly Commended - Loreto Kilkenny, Kilkenny - My Digital Pledge
Aoife Gul - Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, Co. Cork - Internet Safety
Ennis Community College, Co. Clare, Gaelcholáiste an Chláir and Ennis College of Further Education -Satellite
St. Wolstan's, Celbridge, Co. Kildare - The Virus
BEST ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN
Abbey Vocational School, Co. Donegal
Kishoge Community College, Lucan, Co. Dublin - Disconnected
Highly Commended - Banagher College, Co. Offaly
SID AMBASSADOR LEADERSHIP AWARD
Emily O'Brien, Sacred Heart Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Highly Commended -
Jenny Sparrow, Muckross Park College, Dublin
Jess O'Sullivan - Kanturk College, Co. Cork
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