The Youth Media Team is a group of teenagers who attend and report on various educational conferences up and down the country. They were formed in May 2013 to bring the student voice to the ICT in Education conference in Tipperary. Since then, collectively and individually, the ‘red shirts’ have brought their unique blend of interviewing, blogging and tweeting to a number of events. This includes most recently the Excited Digital Learning Festival in Dublin Castle in May, a visit to CoderDojo Coolest Projects in The Helix at DCU and Rang Bianca in Griffeen Valley Educate Together National school . Check them out on YMT.fm and on twitter at @YMTfm.
Dr Conor Galvin leads or contributes to various Education, ICT, Public Policy and Development Practice programmes at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and the UN Training School Ireland. His research interests include the politics of professionalism, literacy in an information age, e-learning, schools ICT and the impact of new and emergent technology on learning and society. Dr Galvin is a member of the Minister for Education’s Strategy Group on Education ICT (Ireland). He led the evaluation of the €1.5m Diageo Liberties Learning Initiative, Dublin, designed and developed the case-based monitoring approach used by the EUN eTwinning initiative, was external evaluator on the EU funded DigEuLit project and recently completed a research evaluation of the €2.8m CONNECT School project, Ireland. He also acted as an Assessor on a number of EU actions relating to the Information Society - including eLearning and MINERVA - and have been National Delegate (Ireland) to an OECD summit on the Information Society & Education. In January 2009, he was invited to join the Scientific Board of the ShareTec Project – an EU-funded digital repository project. He has been a director of Action Lesotho, Ireland, since 2009 and an adviser to the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) – a UN sponsored agency working out of Ireland - since 1995.