John Hurley is a founding partner with H2 Learning. Through his work with H2, John is involved in a number of projects with Discover Science and Engineering including Discover Sensors (www.discoversensors.ie) which promotes an investigative approach in science teaching and Projectblogger (www.projectblogger.ie), a new blogging facility for science students. John currently holds the post as Co-Director of Learning for The Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA), delivering a range of education and training programmes that focus on the learning and training needs of the Liberties community, schools and the digital media sector.
John also has considerable teacher professional development experience through TeachNet (www.teachnet.ie) which designs and delivers cutting edge training for practicing teachers on the use of the Internet in Irish schools. Prior to H2 Learning, John spent four years as National Coordinator for ScoilNet with the NCTE where he pioneered the provision of Internet for Irish schools and the development of ScoilNet.
Michael Hallissy is a founding partner with H2 Learning. He trained as a primary school teacher in Coláiste Mhuire Marino in the mid 1980s and after teaching for two years emigrated to the US where he enrolled in Boston College’s M.Ed programme where his major focus was on education technology with a minor focus on assessment and learning. On returning to Ireland in 1994 he resumed his teaching duties. He was seconded by the Irish Department of Education in 1996 to assist them in developing their first ICT in education policy, Schools IT 2000. Subsequently he worked in the NCTE. Having spent five years in the NCTE he left in January 2002 and established H2 in August 2002.
Much of his work is focused on the creative use of ICTs in teaching and learning – particularly in using ICT in a constructivist manner. He is extremely interested in how technologies can improve student literacy, particularly their digital literacy. He is currently enrolled in the international EdD programme in the Institute of Education and he hope to conduct research in the area of digital literacy and computer games. He believes computer games provides a great opportunity to create new forms of learning, particularly for students who are not engaged by traditional methods and approaches.
Louise has worked with H2 Learning since 2004 as Learning Manager. Her main focus over the past six years is the provision of services to the Digital Hub Development Agency. In the role she manages the day to day running of the H2 Learning office. The role involves co-coordinating all learning projects and courses; coordinating staff resources; and management of learning events, seminars and exhibitions.
Louise brings considerable people experience to H2 Learning, dealing with teacher queries and managing project timelines and fulfillment of project tasks and report writing.
Pat is Assistant Principal and ICT Coordinator in Sacred Heart SNS, Killinarden. For well over a decade he has been actively engaged with all aspects of technology use in education, working with NCTE (PDST Technology), INTO, St. Patrick’s College of Education, Froebel College and Marino Institute. Since joining H2 Learning in 2007, Pat looks after the day to day interaction with teachers on TeachNet.ie, and provides both curricular and technical support to participants. He has also been instrumental in the development of the TeachNet Learning Blog and the H2 Learning platform for delivery of online CPD to primary teachers. Much of his work is these areas has focused on the development engaging rapid e-learning materials and the integration and development of Web 2.0 technologies
Maria has vast experience in developing and managing projects funded under national and European programmes including EQUAL and Lifelong Learning Programme. Maria co-ordinates a number of EU funded projects on behalf of H2 Learning including SigMaths and ePathways. She is responsible for transnational co-operation in projects aiming at supporting the development of adult and further education services. Maria has a Masters of Economics from the Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice, Poland and a BBS from Letterkenny IT.
Karolina job shares with Maria as project manager of European projects. She has successfully maintained a wide network of project partners across Europe. She implements and manages EU-funded projects by developing action plans, coordinating project partners’ duties, staff and contractors. She has extensive knowledge in the field of European funded projects & project management, EU policies, project evaluation and curriculum development. She and Maria are co-authors of 9 project applications approved for the EU grant under the following EU programmes: Leonardo da Vinci, KA3 ICT, KA1, Grundtvig, Erasmus + KA2 Strategic Partnerships. Karolina has an MA in Political Science from the University of Wroclaw, and a CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice from Dublin Business School.
Claire is a trained, experienced social researcher and journalist, with communications and project management experience in the media, health, charity and political sectors. Since joining us, Claire has successfully managed both domestic and international projects such as 21st Century Learning and Design (21CLD) and CCPC’s Money Matters, and looks after the communications for H2 Learning. She periodically conducts research in education, she develops content for our clients and undertakes quality assessment of outgoing material. She has a BA in European Studies, an MA in Sociology from UL and Social Research from UCD and an MA in journalism from DIT and a Cert in Public Relations from IAPR.
Aedamar’s experience primarily lies in teaching mathematics to all levels across the post-primary curriculum. She also has experience working with young people from minority groups, teaching English as a foreign language to adults and teenagers, and working as a learning support teacher. While teaching, she worked to incorporate ICT in her all facets of her teaching practice in order to promote and support learning. With us, Aedamar has provided training and support to teachers around the country on using Microsoft’s Office 365 platform and Office programs to support teaching, learning and assessment practices. Aedamar also supports the management and coordination of a number of H2 Learning’s projects. She has always been very interested in and enthused by the use of technology as a tool to promote rich and expanded learning opportunities to people of all ages.