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Sligo School Scoops Top Internet Award

Scoil Ursula on the Strandhill Road in Sligo has just won a major national award - an Eircom Junior Spider award for Best Project 2011 for one of the schools class blogs

The Awards were created to recognise and reward Ireland’s most talented and innovative users of the Internet in primary and post primary schools across Ireland. Its a tremendous honour to receive this award and shows Scoil Ursula's commitment to using ICT in the education of their pupils.

The winners of the 2011 Awards were announced at a reception in the Helix in DCU, hosted by RTE’s Aidan Power.

The awards were open to students at both primary and post primary level. At primary school level there are three categories which are Best School Website, Best School Blog and Best Project.

At post primary level, the categories are split across 2 groups: Giga Spiders open to 1st to 3rd year and Tera Spiders open to 4th to 6th year. The categories under both age groups include Best Project and Best Web Design. There is also a Grand Prix winner in each of the three categories.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Carolan Lennon, Chief Commercial Officer, eircom and Chairperson of the Judging Panel said, “Congratulations to everyone who has won an award. It is fantastic to see such a high standard of creative thinking and innovation among the students. The eircom Junior Spider Awards are a great opportunity to showcase how the internet plays such a pivotal role in the everyday lives of the students. It is very encouraging to see such a diverse range of entries across the award categories, from a variety of blogs on student life, to websites on how to build an F1 car, tips on how to revise and web and graphic design advice.”

Comments from the judges referring to the Scoil Ursula team included;

'A fantastic class blog, updated regularly. I loved the clean, simple design using blogspot and the various games and widgets relating to the topics discussed in class. Excellent use of other plugins like visitor numbers, class calendar and Irish word of the day.'

'Reliable blog style format used so it is easy to get about the content. The variety of content – pictures, music, audio soundscapes, animations, text etc. leads to a very engaging site with lots of input from the class directly.'

The team heading home with their Spider Award

The class blog was also nominated in global competition on the Edublogs website and was shortlisted for the Best Class Blog award.

See the Award Winning Blog www.MrMitchellsClass.com