Webwise Resources – Internet Safety Talks for Parents

The internet safety team in Webwise/PDST-TiE (Professional Development Support for Teachers – Technology in Education) have produced a set of resources for use by schools and teachers in delivering Internet Safety Talks to Parents. There are sets of resources available for both primary and post-primary schools. The resources are primarily intended for schools wishing to host internet safety evenings for their parents delivered by their own staff, thus enhancing home…

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The State of Technology in Education Report 2018/2019 UK&I (UK and Ireland)

Promethean recently published their third annual report in their “The State of Technology in Education Report” series. Over 1800 educators across the UK and Ireland (both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland) replied to the invitation sent out by Promethean to school Leaders, Senior Leadership Team, Senior Management Team,  Classroom Teachers, IT Managers and Bursars. Classroom Teachers who responded taught all age groups from under 6 years  to 15 years and older.…

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Adobe Spark

Microsoft’s Photostory 3 was a great tool for digital storytelling in many classrooms around the globe. When Microsoft withdrew support for Photostory a number of years ago I like many colleagues were disappointed. Having discovered Adobe Spark during the summer, I think I have finally found a very suitable replacement that has great potential as an ICT tool for use in the classroom. Adobe Spark has three different components: Spark Page (create…

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Primary Education – Digital Learning Conference – NUI Maynooth, Froebel Department

The Froebel Department, Maynooth University (National University of Ireland Maynooth) together with their Erasmus+ partners are holding an Erasmus+ Multiplier Event on Friday 11 May 2018. There are still a small number of places available to book on Eventbrite at the following link – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/primary-education-the-digitaljourney-registration-43383656685. The theme of this free one day conference is Primary Education: The Digital Journey. Ten schools from Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Finland together with three Universities…

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Promethean Grants a Reprieve for ActivInspire

We have looked at different features of Promethean’s cloud based lesson creation  and presentation  toolkit ClassFlow in a number of postings here on the TeachNet blog over the last few years. A number of months ago, Promethean announced their intention to phase out their award winning ActivInspire software which hs been around for about eight years at this stage. They felt that it was based on a framework that wasn’t in keeping with…

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Digital Learning Clusters

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) recently announced a new project where clusters of schools willing to collaborate and work together in exciting and innovative ways using digital technologies can come together and receive funding for their project from the Schools Excellence Fund – Digital. Applications are invited from clusters of schools or individual schools who have a suitable project idea and are willing to collaborate with others. This Digital…

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The State of Technology in Education Report – 2017/2018

Promethean published their first “State of Technology in Education Report” in 2016, having garnered the insights of 1,500 teachers. This gave some insights of the current technologies, educator attitudes to technology and latest trends on pedagogical use of technology in education throughout the U.K. Earlier in 2017, Promethean invited educators at all levels of education to join with them in undertaking further research to establish how the landscape with regard…

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Digital Learning Frameworks for Schools

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) published their new Digital Learning Frameworks on 14 September last. Invitations from schools to express their interest in trialling these new frameworks, 30 primary and 20 post-primary closed last Monday 2 October 2017. These new frameworks are one of the departments key supports for schools in implementing The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015 – 2020 which was first announced nearly two years ago.…

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Educational Robotics in Italian Schools

Earlier this month I was on an Erasmus+ visit to our partner school I.C. Toniola in Pisa who are one of the three Italian schools in “Our Digital Journey in Europe” project. Schools in Italy like here at home in Ireland, are also embarking on a new Digital Strategy in education. During the visit I had an opportunity to visit a number of classrooms in the primary school and the…

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ClassFlow – Version 5

We have been following Promethean’s progress with their online cloud based Lesson creation and delivery programme ClassFlow for some time now. About 12 months ago we looked at some of the new features they had introduced in ClassFlow Version 4 – introduction of the Marketplace for finding resources, Rewards badges for rewarding students badges for good behaviour and work, a facility for teachers and or students to Collaborate on lessons…

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