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Junior Minister Anderson attends launch of Foyle Cloud Learning Programme

17 June, 2011 - by Maeve McLaughlin

OFMDFM Junior Minister Martina Anderson today attended the launch of the ‘Foyle Cloud’ Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a learning project for post primary schools.

The project has been funded by Ilex, Urban Regeneration Company and piloted in three local schools in the city - St Columb’s, Lisneal and St Mary’s College.

The Virtual Learning Environment (a cloud computing platform) allows pupils to progress their learning via the internet. Teachers can engage with pupils online and provide essential support and resources to pupils outside their own classroom or school. Foyle Cloud helps develop pupils’ online skills and provide essential digital skills to meet the future needs of employers and Digital Derry.

Students are encouraged to work collaboratively which is evident in the successful production of the recent cross community ‘Building Bridges’ project.

Speaking at the launch Minister Anderson said: "I welcome this innovative scheme, which represents a major step forward in the use of new technology.

"The virtual environment represents a new way of working in the future, not just for schools but for society as a whole. Foyle Cloud provides building blocks for our young people to be better prepared for a world where the digital tools of on-line research and social networking come together. This innovative approach pioneered here will go a long way to ensuring that the young people of the city are ready and able for these new demands of an ever changing world.

"The completion of this project is in keeping with other investment initiatives which are ongoing in Derry at this time, including BT’s £3.5million rollout of fibre across the city, Project Kelvin and the NorthWest Regional Science Park, all of which form key components of the regeneration plan.”

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