Rule the World with PowerPoint!

Did you know PowerPoint for Office 365 users includes a ruler that also incorporates a compass? Using a Windows devices, you can use the ruler located in the Draw tab of the Ribbon to draw straight lines or create precise angles. You can slide and rotate the ruler by using your fingers on a touch device or by using a mouse. For a full rundown on how to use the Ruler please…

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OneNote & GeoGebra: A Maths Made in Heaven!

This is not my first post about the merits and overall superb functionality of OneNote in the classroom context. OneNote notebooks and OneNote Class notebooks are so versatile for planning, delivering and reviewing class material. But did you know you can embed GeoGebra files into your OneNote notebooks? This post will be of particular interest to math teachers. With maths, often it is necessary to demonstrate concepts using graphing software…

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Use Windows 10 Connect to Create a Free Mobile Visualiser

With Windows 10 Connect application, which is automatically installed on Windows 10 PCs, you can create your own free mobile visualiser with the help of any android phone or tablet.  Simply connect your Android smartphone or tablet to the same wifi as your Windows 10 PC. On your Android device, activate the Smart View application. This is pre-installed on most devices. On your Windows PC, turn on the Connect application.…

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TeachMeet Teachers Wowed by Learning Tools add-in for Word and OneNote

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting teachers from across Longford and Westmeath ETB at their annual TeachMeet. After their keynote presentation from Declan Coyle, author of The Green Platform, cluster groups of teachers moved from room-to-room to fifteen minute workshops or presentation. I was invited to speak about Microsoft OneNote – OneNote in 15 minutes meant I had to sit down and think of my absolute favourite features,…

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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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