Nicola said: “I was looking at franchise opportunities that would fit in with my new lifestyle. I’d given up full time work to have more time with my son, when I came across ComputerXplorers. I was excited by this opportunity and my experiences in the school determined that there is a definite market here in Ireland for this service”.
Nigel Toplis, managing director of ComputerXplorers in the UK said: “We are excited about having our first Irish Franchise Owner and we are supporting Nicola every step of the way.”
ComputerXplorers' goal is to help children discover their own technology and computer skills through exploration and run classes that are both fun and educational, for children aged 3 to 13 years old. Children learn exciting new subjects, such as rocketeering, film-making, robotics, Crime Scene Investigation and clay animation, and at the same time improve their everyday academic and computer skills. The classes are held in schools, pre-school settings, after school clubs and summer camps.
Nicola adds: “They are so comfortable and capable using computers. Their appetite for learning with this interactive approach is immense and really complements classroom learning. I also noticed that the children worked together collaboratively rather than competitively. So many schools now have computer labs available, mainly thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Parents, but they are not always taking full advantage of the facilities. ComputerXplorers can help schools to fully develop pupil’s ICT capabilities, to assist them in their learning and prepare them for the future.”
“I was impressed by ComputerXplorers style of teaching, the range of subjects and their continuous development of programmes and software. The team at ComputerXplorers are very supportive and always up to date with the latest know-how in ICT teaching.”
Mastering technology skills at an early age increases children’s e-confidence and competence, and gives them a great head start to their education. ComputerXplorers runs classes that are inspirational and designed to enhance the learning skills of children of different ages and abilities. Younger children can develop their academic readiness skills in core areas such as literacy, numeracy, science, music and art. Older children can improve their computer and software skills, as well as learn some exciting new computer-based subjects, like designing their own video games.
Nicola adds: “I’m so excited about being able to bring these innovative classes to children in Dublin. The children are engaged during the classes and have such fun that they don’t even realise they are learning. As a mother myself, I feel we owe it to our children to give them the best educational start in life so they can compete in the global market in later life. Structured ICT sessions, which ComputerXplorers can provide, is an experience every child truly deserves”
“We provide all the equipment, materials and the teachers so there is nothing for the schools and pre schools to do other than provide the room and the children! The feedback so far has been really positive.”