Using Shared Electronic Devices Safely in a School during Covid 19

DES (Department of Education and Skills) guidance on using shared electronic devices for schools is: electronics – shared electronic devices such as tablets, touch screens and keyboards should be cleaned between use. Consideration could be given to the use of wipeable covers for electronics to facilitate cleaning https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/your-questions-answered/#sharing-textbooks-pencils-and-so-on-with-other-children Microsoft have some useful guidance on caring for and cleaning your Surface device: Using disinfectant products on your Surface   You can…

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The State of Technology in Education 2019/20 – Promethean

Promethean recently released their fourth annual report on “The State of Technology in Education 2019/20” which gives insights and trends on important factors relating to edtech. Contributors to this survey included over 2,000 teachers, school principals/heads, deputy principals/heads, IT managers and support staff from primary schools, secondary schools and other educational institutions across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Technology is seen as essential in a digital world. Some concerns reported…

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Windows 10 (Build 1903) Connected to Promethean Interactive Whiteboard Crashing – Part 2

In a previous posting we looked at Promethean’s solution to computers with Windows 10 when connected to a Promethean AB100, AB300 or AB500 series interactive whiteboard crashing following a recent update which has installed Build 1903. We currently have 10 of these AB378 (AB300 series with 78″ ActivBoard) interactive whiteboards in use everyday  mostly in mainstream classrooms. To date I have installed Promethean’s recommended solution on six of these interactive…

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Windows 10 (Build 1903) Connected to Promethean Interactive Whiteboard Crashing – Part 1

Have you a Windows 10 computer connected to a Promethean Interactive Whiteboard that is regularly crashing in recent times following the latest round of Windows Updates installing? We have had this issue on a number of Windows PC’s connected to Promethean Interactive Whiteboard as Windows update installs Build 1903 on laptops. Having had personal experience in one classroom where the laptop crashed and restarted three times in the space of…

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ePortfolios – Which Online Platform – Part 2

In a previous post last April, I wrote about our requirements for the Platform that we might choose when undertaking a pilot on ePortfolios in the last term of the school year with our third classes. SeeSaw has been recommended by PDST – TIE (PDST – Technology in Education) in their own courses on teachercpd.ie, in In Touch articles and on ScoilNet as a very suitable platform. You may recall…

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ePortfolios – Which Online Platform – Part 1

Many primary schools are introducing ePortfolios as a Digital Learning tool to support the formative and summative assessment practices used in the school. A number of different platforms are currently being used in primary and post primary schools including G Suite for Education/Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoolology, Mahara, Seesaw, iTunes U and Office 365’s One Note – Class Notebook. We have been researching some of these platforms to introduce an ePortfolio…

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HTML Heroes – Internet Safety Resource for Third and Fourth Class Primary School

HTML Heroes is the latest primary school Internet Safety resource for third and fourth class. The publication of this resource by the Webwise/PDST – TIE (PDST – Technology in Education) team is timely in the light of the recent publication of CyberSafe Ireland’s survey of 8-10 year old’s use of technology, which found that over three quarters of eight year olds owned a smart device. Our own experience in school has been…

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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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