VTech Action Cam – Suitable for schools

As temperatures hit highs of 20 degrees around the country pupils are eager to go outdoors and have some fun. How do we continue to integrate I.C.T. tools into our outdoor lessons? As we bring children outside to explore mini-beasts and complete the orienteering course it would be fantastic to be able to record what they have done. Having a camcorder that is robust and waterproof is essential when dealing…

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Census 2016, 2011, 1911 & 1901

On the 24th of April Census 2016 will take place in every household throughout the country. “The census is a key source of information for everyone in our country. It provides information in relation to who we are, what we do and how we live our daily lives. This in turn provides the knowledge that we all need to make decisions and plan for the future.” The Central Statistics Office…

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Raspberry Pi

We have purchased two Raspberry Pi starter kits and are looking to get programming with Scratch on them with some boys from fifth and sixth class. We are going to hook the Raspberry Pi devices up to old PC monitors and use the Scratch, which comes with OS to develop our programming skills.  The board has General Purpose Input and Output [GPIO] pins that can be connected to a variety…

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Safer Internet Day 2016

Last Thursday as I pondered which path my school would take on it’s way to getting the Digital Schools of Distinction Award, I received a phone call from a parent informing me that a number of pupils in one of the senior classes were accessing pornography on their mobile phones outside of school.  Now despite this incident happening outside of school alarm bells went off in my head and what…

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WiFi Problems!

Having started in a new school in September I was bursting to share my ideas with the pupils and staff on blogging, Mission V, scratch programming, Khan Academy and a host of other I.C.T. ideas for the pupils to enjoy. Unfortunately, when we turned on the thirty new laptops and they all logged onto the WiFi, we ground to a halt. Memories of Dublin and the M50 at rush hour…

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Interactive Whiteboards or Interactive Flat Screen?

After the massive investment in the interactive whiteboards from 2008-2011 in Irish primary schools it seemed that the I.W.B. was here for the long haul and that our classrooms were going to be transformed! While I am a great fan of the I.W.B. and using it as a teaching resource to enhance the teaching and learning within the classroom, I was not a fan of blowing light bulbs, buying new…

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Tagging and Categorising on your school blog

I’ve noticed that a number of schools are setting up new school websites either with Scoilnet blogs or with WordPress.com, which is fantastic. These provide schools with a great opportunity to communicate their news and the pupils achievements with the school community. The one thing that I do notice on these sites is that the blog posts are not categorised or tagged. Categorising is just like the contents of a…

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Digital School of Distinction Committee

In many primary schools around the country there are Green School Committees and Active School Committees that are made up of elected members from each class as well as one or two teachers. Some schools nominate members; some schools have committee volunteers and some hold elections to fill the committee places. For both of these committees students make up the majority of the committee. In my own school the pupils…

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Khan Academy – Mathletes

While wondering around the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2015 I came across the project titled “MATHletes: Male vs Female, primary v secondary”. This project investigated which gender and which school level either primary or secondary, is more engaged in MATHletes used through Khan Academy. Up to this point I had heard about MATHletes and Khan Academy, but never really went and researched it. This project sparked me into…

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Maths Eyes

As the summer holidays approach and the pupils in my class head off to different parts of the world and the country on their holidays the last thing they think about is maths! So over the last week we have being training up our Maths Eyes. So when they do leave I hope they will be still learning about maths! Grasping at straws I know, but I have to be…

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