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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Upgrading Projectors – Part 2

In a previous posting we looked at updating/upgrading and replacing projectors supplied with the earliest Promethean interactive whiteboard systems which schools would have purchased between 2005 and 2009. These projectors in general were Sanyo units such as Sanyo PLC-XU70 (Long Throw) and Sanyo PLC-XE40/45 (Orange Short Throw).  RA Technology have a useful page to help with identifying your Promethean Mounting System at http://www.ratechnology.co.uk/media/RA%20Promethean%20+2%20Flyer.pdf In this second series we will look at…

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ICT Grants – Upgrading Projectors – Part One

A previous posting on the TeachNet Blog “Show me the Money – Funding On Its Way” http://blog.teachnet.ie/show-me-the-money-ict-funding-on-its-way/ welcomed the fact that a Grants Scheme for ICT Infrastructure in Primary and Post Primary schools was announced by Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. – Minister for Education and Skills in the early days of 2017. In the Department’s own press release and circulars it is recognised that multimedia projectors are among the items that might be…

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A Digital Journey in Europe – Erasmus+ Project

Our school is the coordinating partner for this three year Erasmus+ project involving ten schools and three universities. The three Irish schools involved, Sacred Heart SNS, Killinarden, St Mark’s SNS, Springfield and Lissigiveen NS, Killarney all have gained Digital Schools of Distinction status. The three partners from Denmark Søhusskolen, Provstegårdskolen and Højby Skole are all based in the city of Odense, with one of the schools involved in a national project…

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