…or so the song says. Last Tuesday, March 5th, on a beautifully clear day at the RDS in Dublin it really was true. The future was visibly taking shape, and it looked good.
What was lovely about the day was the atmosphere – even though / especially because the music was very very loud and there was total mayhem when the DJ called out the student spot prize challenges. The students represented school from infants up to Leaving Cert / A-Level from every corner of Ireland – early morning Tweets were exchanged from buses and pit stops en route (hello @ffarry1 and @noeleenleahy!). Stalls were laid out with posters, product samples, laptops and tablets showcasing their collective and individual works via websites, blog and apps of every shape, size and subject.
I attended with my Loreto Cavan students Megan and Hannah, and teaching colleague Michelle Kelly – we were all delighted to be there, learned a lot and made some plans for the future. It was great for the students to mix with and ‘borrow’ ideas from peers in other schools, and for us teachers it was a chance to play catch up with far flung colleagues we usually meet online.
What really made an impression was the large number of small participants! The adults and teenagers were both mesmerised by the confidence, charm and creativity of these youngsters. If they are a measure of who will be in charge of the future, and how they will run it, we need not worry…