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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Microsoft Educator Community – Have you explored it yet?

Earlier this year, Microsoft launched a new website for their Educator Community with many new additions and features for educators around the world to enjoy and exploit. It is accessible at www.education.microsoft.com and offers teachers a wealth of resources and features including courses, classroom resources, lesson plans, options to connect with other educators and to connect your students with students around the world. The Educator Community seems to be developing continuously and provides…

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Communicating Success Criteria with Students using Rubrics

Sometimes to just give a description of a task or project to students is not enough. It sometimes fails to inform students how to produce a product that we as teachers will credit as successfully meeting the task’s requirements or our expectations. But we cannot leave the blame entirely at our students’ feet. Often the route you wish your students to take in completing a successful project or task can…

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Pixar in a Box – Free Online Animation Course on Khan Academy

Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy – an online classroom that provides free mini-tutorials and in-browser activities – have teamed up to create an online course to introduce all animator enthusiasts, both young and old, to the world of animation. The course, made up of a series of lessons is called Pixar in a Box. The lessons show the coding, maths, art, and fun behind the Pixar movies to anyone who wants to get a real look…

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