first_imgFEATURES: If you are looking for something fun for your children to do after school or on Saturday mornings look no further than The School Door!The School Door is a startup based in the CoLab in Letterkenny – and it was founded by Maggie Green earlier this year. Maggie is a primary school teacher (currently on a career break) and has a background in working with children with additional learning needs.Maggie has a particular interest in the areas of autism, Down Syndrome and Speech and Language Impairment and is currently completing an MSc by research in LYIT with a focus on language development.Maggie started The School Door when she was inspired by her partner’s bravery to take a job 9000 miles south of Donegal in Antarctica.Maggie told Donegal Daily, “When Danny left for Antarctica in October 2014 for an 18 month contract I just thought to myself if he is brave enough to do that then I can take a risk too!! “He’s due back in April next year and I can’t wait. I think he will be proud of the way that The School Door has been welcomed and received by Donegal!”The School Door has been going from strength to strength since it’s inception in April 2015 and LEGO Literacy, Numeracy and Early Engineering workshops are in high demand in schools all over Donegal.Maggie’s team also provides training to principals and teachers in the area of educational technology.Maggie and her team run after-school and Saturday morning LEGO workshops in a number of areas in Donegal and Northern Ireland too!The workshops are hands on learning experiences and cover a wide range of areas from literacy and numeracy to LEGO art, problem solving and early engineering skills.Maggie added, “The aim is to build collaborative working skills, communication and problem solving skills whilst having fun and learning. “The children who come to our workshops are engaged from start to end and the programmes are designed to challenge them not to think outside the box but to get rid of the box altogether!”.There has been great feedback from principals and children alike.Well-known radio presenter Colm Ferriter was delighted with the LEGO workshops The School Door ran in his school, “bhí Frances ar barr a réime mar láithreoir- dóigh iontach deas aici le na daltaí.Chuaigh na seisiúin i bhfeidhm orainn uilig go mór; smaoineamh maith Lego a úsáid mar ais teagaisc agus chun comhrá & plé a spreagadh, bhí lúcháir ar na páistí chomh maith. Thapaigh siad an deis samhlaíocht & cruthaitheacht s’ acu a úsáid”- Colm (Scoil Phádraig, rang 5 & 6)Glenswilly based principal Joseph Gallinagh had this to say about the educational technology training he and his staff  received from The School Door:“We at Glenswilly N.S. are delighted with the service which we have received from ‘The School Door’.“Maggie is a fountain of knowledge on all things digital and her enthusiasm has spread throughout the school.“We have received great advice and practical strategies for making school management more streamlined and efficient while teachers have a bank of recommended resources tailored to their needs.“It is a great testament that months later teachers are discussing and referring to the advice which they have received at our staff meetings.“Maggie is very approachable and is always on hand to solve and progress our ICT queries. She also maintains an unwavering enthusiasm as she politely attempts to drag a 20th century style principal into the 21st century!!”Letterkenny based principal Paraig Cannon sees a place for the The School Door in the digital landscape of schools,“I met Maggie Green on two occasions and I found her approachable, encouraging, and fired with ideas to enhance staff awareness and skills.“We have since agreed a time plan for staff development in the area of technology for the 2015 2016 academic year.“Digital schools require digital expertise. Boards of Management will have to outsource in order to up-skill its staff.“A need exists in the market and the demand is huge for a company profile that characterises The School Door.”If you would like to learn more about The School Door or if you would like to book in for one of their many LEGO workshops that will be running in January and February 2016 across Donegal visit their website www.theschooldoor.comVouchers are also available for the workshops!! ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCHES AMAZING LEGO WORKSHOPS was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesLegonewsThe School DoorWorkshopslast_img read more