From Manuscripts to eBooks – Colm Cille, Life and Legacy

From Manuscripts to eBooks – Colm Cille, Life and Legacy

A suite of digital learning resources highlighting the life and legacy of the iconic figure of Colm Cille have been launched in Derry~Londonderry.

The resources include a iPhone App which looks at Colm Cille and the cultural treasures that he left as his legacy, an interactive website ‘Colm Cille – Life and Legacy’ (www.ccea.org.uk/colmcille), short films exploring the life of Colm Cille and a series of free bilingual eBooks.

Developed through a unique partnership between the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), the Nerve Centre and the Culture Company, the resources explore the rich heritage of Colm Cille as one of Derry~Londonderry’s greatest cultural icons through cutting edge technology and creativity.

Speaking at the launch, CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna, said: ‘Colm Cille – Life and Legacy’ is an excellent example of how we can use technology to enhance pupils’ educational experience and engage them in their learning.

‘The digital resources we’ve produced compliment a number of cross-curricular skills and learning areas in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. We’re particularly excited because this is the first App we have produced. All of the materials are in a bilingual format (English and Irish) and free to download from the website.’

The Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell who attended the unveiling said,“This App is a valuable resource for those looking ahead to the Return of Colm Cille celebrations in June and beyond the City of Culture year.   It provides a digital archive of one of the city’s most important historical figures, offering users a unique opportunity to learn about the man who helped shape this city.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this digital project.”

The project is one of a range of educational legacy projects that the Nerve Centre has developed for the City of Culture year that fuse creative digital technologies with the curriculum and locally relevant content to deliver educational benefits to schools and young people.

Nerve Centre Director of Education, John Peto, said: ‘The project has created a curriculum mapped legacy from both Colm Cille and Derry~Londonderry’s year as the UK City of Culture which will be used in schools across Northern Ireland and beyond.  

‘The partnership with CCEA and Culture Company has allowed the Nerve Centre to deliver real benefits into classrooms here and will exist as a digital legacy of 2013 for years to come.’

The project is one of a range of UK City of Culture initiatives celebrating Colm Cille, including the Digital Book of Kells, which has seen more than 900 school children working on Colm Cille themed animations, and the Return of Colmcille two-day outdoor spectacle on June 7 and 8.

Martin Melarkey, senior cultural programmer at Culture Company, underlined the importance of the initiative: ‘This project really allows us to bring Colm Cille into the digital age and ensures that one of the founding fathers of our City is reintroduced to a new generation of learners, inspiring future generations as he inspired so many in the past.’

The project resources and App can be seen and downloaded at www.ccea.org.uk/colmcille

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