Fidget Spinning

My return to school had been a relatively smooth and tranquil one until I had my first stint on yard duty. Here, I was quickly reminded that the fidget spinning craze is still alive and well. I had convinced myself that, surely at this stage, it had met the same end as loom bands, dabbing, Pokémon Go and bottle flipping. Obviously, I was wrong. However, instead of letting this revelation…

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Weather man with chart

RTE Meteorologist Checks Out Our Raspberry Pi Weather Station

Our journey with the Raspberry Pi weather station for schools has been well documented. To wrap up and celebrate our project we managed to organise a visit from Gerry Murphy, RTE meteorologist. He came into our school on the 19th of June 2017 to see the 6th class project work and to see the school’s Raspberry Pi Weather station. He had never heard of The Raspberry Pi Weather Station for…

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Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools – Part 3

Having painstakingly assembled the kit and successfully installed the hardware outside, our school’s Raspberry Pi Weather Station has now been diligently recording local weather information for the last number of months. Since then, it has been up to us to ensure its potential for enhancing teaching and learning experiences is maximised. Fortunately there is a wide variety of detailed lesson plans and activities provided in the education section of raspberrypi.org…

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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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