Assessment Instruments

The DES recently released a circular that provides a list of assessment instruments, including ability and achievement tests and web-based resources that are approved for use in guidance and/or learning-support contexts in post-primary schools. The list is reviewed annually and an updated list is published on the Department’s website at www.education.ie in May of each year. The approved assessment tools are provided under the following headings: ·    Achievement Tests – Group Administered Tests:…

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Finnish Lessons – ViLLE and Wilma

The ADJIE Project held a Transnational Project Meeting recently in Paimio, Finland. The programme of activities included visits to local schools – both primary and secondary. Workshops and lectures also took place in the town library and in two of the nearby universities. A couple of interesting tools that emerged during the trip include ViLLE and Wilma. ViLLE is a collaborative education platform that enables teachers to easily create virtual courses…

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Help Parent-Teacher Communication Bloom

The desire to enhance parental engagement seems to be permeating schools more and more. Immediately after taking over as Home School Community Liaison teacher last year, I naturally enough started looking for a suitable application that our school could use to further drive parental involvement in our establishment. Some teachers have previously experimented with edmodo and many are currently using ClassDojo as a behavioural management tool. The school also posts…

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Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools – Part 2

When I stated, in mid-September, that I would promptly return with an update on how our school was progressing with the Raspberry Pi Weather Station I certainly did not expect it would take this long for the follow-up post! Often, the thief of time is procrastination. However, in this case our Pi team had been working diligently each week but was unfortunately stalled by the software set-up process. When I…

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Dúchas.ie

Dúchas.ie is an ongoing project to digitise the National Folklore collection of Ireland (NFC), one of the largest folklore collections in the world. Basically the objective of the project is to initiate this digitisation so that, by the end of 2016: (i) the public will have access to material from the Collection (a significant portion of the Schools’ Collection) on the public website (www.duchas.ie) and (ii) a data management system…

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Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools

Our school has, very fortunately, managed to acquire a Raspberry Pi Weather Station. This weather station is a HAT for the Raspberry Pi which enables the collection of weather data, using a variety of sensors which include a rain gauge, an anemometer, a wind vane and a soil temperature probe. It’s designed for use in schools to enable students to create their own weather station, and has a range of…

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Inspirefest Family Fringe

Inspirefest 2016 returns to Dublin this summer with another impressive, must-see festival with leading-edge thinkers, amazing networking and investment opportunities and impactful insights into the sci-tech industry. As part of the festival, the Family Fringe will also be making a return to Merrion Square. Taking place on the morning of 2 July, from 10am to 1pm, this event will give hundreds of families the opportunity to get hands-on with and take part…

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Pindex – ‘Pinterest for education’

Earlier this year, a new start-up emerged with the lofty ambition of attempting to increase the internet’s educational prowess: Pindex, which describes itself as “a Pinterest for education.” Borne out of a frustration with the gloomy, dreary material his daughter was bringing home from school, John Leaver, along with his four-person team, has created a platform that creates and curates educational videos and infographics. It is a pinboard designed for…

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To Filter or not to Filter

Yesterday, Denmark was dubbed the best country in the EU for ‘digital performance’. For the second year running, the European Commission’s annual report on digital services in Europe, the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), put Denmark at the top of the pile. In this report, the Danes were praised for being “the most advanced in the use of the internet” with a strong propensity to using the internet for a wide…

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Office on your iPad

It was around this time last year when I kindly treated myself to an iPad Air 2 and spent the subsequent months engaging in the activities of a typical, casual tablet user: browsing, listening to music and podcasts, spending too much time on social media, performing some menial word processing tasks and so on. However, over the last few months I’ve noticed that my usage has taken a turn in…

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