Digital Media Module: Office, Paint 3D and 3D Modelling in PowerPoint and Word

This year I teach a Digital Media module to Transition Year students, I designed this module by asking Transition Year students, when they were still in 3rd year, what type of digital competencies they would like to have by the end of TY. In my school, coding is on the Junior Cycle curriculum so students wished for a break from this and to work more on regular Office programs, video…

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Junior Cycle Short Courses – Ongoing Assessment with OneNote

A new school year and lots of opportunities to try different strategies or tweak approaches to topics. For me, the classroom-based assessment component of the Junior Cycle will be a key focus. Our school is running a junior cycle short course in Coding and Programming which I teach alongside two colleagues. This will be our first year to formally assess second year students which will be part of their overall…

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Have you planned to focus on anything specific next year?

So, the summer is here and as we begin to wind down for our summer holidays, I already find myself casting my gaze to the 2017-2018 academic year. Without doubt, I have made some mental memos about things I want to do next year but that’s often not quite enough. If you have ideas get them down on paper and start thinking what needs to happen to make your ideas…

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Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB run Annual Awards Event

This year Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education Training Board (MSLETB) ran an awards event to recognise innovation and creativity across their entire service. Projects could be entered under six broad categories open to staff and students. The categories were as follows: Contribution to local community/society This award will be presented for the best initiative promoting the positive contribution to local community/society. The submission requires demonstrated evidence of initiative and the…

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Get Involved in the Junior Cycle Reform – NCCA/JCT now recruiting

In September 2012 students starting post-primary school were the very first group to experience the reformed junior cycle in the English classroom. Since then, Science and Business Studies have been phased in and September 2017 will see Modern Foreign Languages as well as Irish, and Art Crafts and Design also begin their implementation. This will mark three of five phases in total. All five phases will be implemented at school…

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Students own ‘How To’ Maths YouTube Channel

I am a big fan of Khan Academy and how its lessons and activities support in-class and independent learning for my students. However, my students sometimes grumble that they are put off by the approaches used, different than what I might use or the text book, and lack of an Irish accent. I do have a Microsoft Surface Book which comes with a digitizer pen and provides me with the…

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CJ Fallon teams up with The Maths Tutor

Over the last number of years, education publishers have become more diverse in their offerings to students and teachers alike. The initial digital version of the text book, whilst addressing the problem of weighty schoolbags, did not really add a new dimension to learning overall. However, now publishers are looking at ways they can extend their digital content making it more interactive and engaging. Our school use Text and Tests…

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Providing Students with Further Opportunities for Learning Maths

It’s that time of year again when term tests are coming closer and you remind your students of the importance of revision and regular study. In the case of maths, I find myself continuously emphasising the need for students to practise problems to improve their skills. I prefer to call it math practise as opposed to studying maths. But is there a gap between what we imagine our students do when…

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YouTube Video Editor

YouTube is a hugely popular site and is a vast resource for educational content. The site is home to over 10 million videos tagged as educational, many of them submitted by fellow teachers. Teachers all across the country are finding that video help students engage more deeply with subject matter, and recall the information they’ve learned for a longer time. YouTube Video Editor is a part of the YouTube suite, a cloud-based video-editing tool to…

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SymbalooEDU Lesson Plans

TeachNet had a post in the recent past detailing the merits of Symbaloo for web bookmarking i.e. creating and sharing collections of web resources using ‘webmixes’. Since then the Symbaloo team have created a suite dedicated to education available at SymbalooEDU with added features to create personalised lessons for students. Symbaloo Lesson Plans can be used to ‘create a gaming-style virtual lesson plan’ for students. There are options for free usage and additional features should a school…

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