Have you got Maths Eyes?

Use of the Environment in Numeracy

Numeracy encompasses the ability to use mathematical understanding and skills to solve problems and meet the demands of day-to-day living in complex social settings. (Literacy & Numeracy for Learning and Life 2011, p.8) Mathematics expresses itself everywhere, in almost every facet of life – in nature all around us, and in the technologies in our hands. Mathematics is the language of science and engineering – describing our understanding of all…

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Have a Safer Internet Day!

Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global campaign that promotes a healthy Internet for everyone. It will be celebrated on Tuesday 11th February 2014. This international annual event takes place every February to promote safe and responsible use of the internet and mobile phone technologies, especially amongst children and young people. Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe and the theme for Safer Internet Day 2014 is: “Let’s create a better internet together“. 2014…

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ShowMe – A Dynamic Teaching Tool

Create beautiful tutorials with the tap of your finger. The ShowMe application is a dynamic presentation and creation application available on both iPad and Android tablets. ShowMe provides an iPad app and a web-based interface for accessing the ShowMe database as well as your own presentations. It is a free download from Android and App Store. This application can be seen at the ‘Applying’ level on Bloom’s Taxonomy for iPads…

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Morph your own Avatar on Morfo

Morfo App is not specifically designed for educational settings but this application, available both for Apple and Android devices can be used to great effect in the classroom. The app itself was designed for entertainment bringing people, pets and TV personalities to life. The following post will attempt to give a ‘walkthrough’ for a teacher or student interested in integrating this resource into a unit of work in SESE History,…

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Forget QR Codes… What’s your aura?

Augmented Reality (AR) has increased in popularity in recent years and indeed months. The infographic shown here gives an explanation of what AR is, it shows a timeline for the evolution of AR technologies and finally it illustrates the future of AR. In brief this technology makes QR codes look like a black and white television screen. We want content creation. We want autonomy. We want excitement. Like many others,…

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Create your own personalised graphics

A number of people have been asking me how to make picture collages using personalised graphics. The reason I became interested in this myself is a heightened awareness of copyright law and a desire to create unique designs for our school website. Schools obviously don’t have a budget to pay for a graphic designer or indeed a web designer in the upkeep of their school website, wiki or blog. The…

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Christmassy Apps

Christmas is just around the corner and Nativity Plays, Carol Services and festivity and good cheer are the order of the day. Pupils are excited and their concentration levels are decreasing with every passing day. For this reason I would like to showcase some Christmas apps that can help them access the magic of Christmas in a fun and educational way. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – Dr. Seuss by…

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Studyclix.ie

In April 2012 a new website was launched called Studyclix.ie. The site was built by a Luke Saunders, a Secondary School teacher in Sligo. The website is aimed at second level students and teachers and is free of charge. Studyclix.ie breaks up the main Junior and Leaving Cert. subjects into curricular topics which links to all past exam question​s with marking schemes attached. Another useful feature of the site is…

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Digital Camera during Activity Time

The uses for the digital camera in the classroom are endless. Both the teacher and the child can easily integrate this simple piece of technology into their everyday classroom activities. As the saying goes; “A picture speaks a thousand words”, and this is certainly something that we as teachers need to exploit this in our classrooms. The phrase refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with…

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Assessment for Learning using e-Portfolios

There is no doubting that Literacy and Numeracy in Education has been placed at centre stage in recent of months. This drive for improvement in standards is here to stay and yet I as a teacher am not sure where to begin. Circular 0056/2011 describes the initial steps to be taken by schools from January 2012  onwards. One aspect of action to be taken is in the area of assessment.…

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