David PuttnamLord David Puttnam will give the guest keynote presentation at the first Irish Teaching and Learning Festival at Citywest Conference Centre, Dublin, on October 15-16. A resident of Cork, Lord Puttnam is also a non-executive director of Promethean, the company that is the lead sponsor for the event.

“We are expecting 1,500 teachers, principals, parents and government policy makers to attend the conference and exhibition," said event organiser, Maria McMenamin. "Nearly 500 have registered to attend to date.

"This event shall be a one stop shop for every educational establishment investing in equipment, consultancy or materials for their school or college.”

Attendance is free for principals, teachers, education policy makers, boards of management and parents. Registration is at www.itlfestival.ie.

Graham Byrne, Promethean executive for Ireland and Scotland, commented: “There has been very strong demand for an Irish event to highlight the very latest resources, technologies and trends in teaching... The Irish Teaching and Learning Festival will provide an exciting new forum for debate and best practice sharing among all who are passionate about the future of Irish education.

"This new event demonstrates Ireland’s readiness to explore how new technology and teaching methods can make a very positive contribution to our shared economic future. We are fully committed to supporting Irish teachers in making lessons more relevant, inspiring and engaging, and we hope that our investment helps secure this event as an annual fixture on the school calendar.”

The Irish Teaching and Learning Festival will feature practical teaching workshops, live demonstrations and an exhibition of the latest education tools.

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