Combining the drive to develop creative solutions that have a deep impact on social equality with a love of learning Marianne has contributed to research and development of innovative, technology enhanced learning and teaching initiatives. After graduating from university she worked and travelled overseas and gained insight into the limiting impact that educational disadvantage can have on lives and communities. Returning to Ireland she set to work with national youth development agencies developing and trialling a range of creative responses to engage young people in learning and reconnect them with achievement and opportunity.
Realising the potential of technology to connect with learners and support a flexible and engaging learning experience motivated her to set up iScoil – an innovative multi-disciplinary model for inclusive education in Ireland. iScoil has been recognised as a European exemplar of innovation in education and has received recognition as a Nominet Top 100 International Tech-For-Good project and a Social Innovation Fund THINKTECH and Education Award.
Marianne is committed to realising equality of opportunity powered by technology and the creative use of digital media to open access to learning and education through collaboration and partnership. She has recently taken up the role of CEO with Camara Ireland to continue to expand the potential of the transformative use of technology in developing all citizens as educators and learners through communities of creative practice.