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Innovation in Schools – The School Excellence Fund

Recently over a 200 teachers and learners, from across primary and post-primary gathered in Athlone to showcase the work they have been engaged in as part of the Department of Education and Skills School Excellence Fund- Digital project.  This programme was launched by former Minister of Education, Richard Bruton and it involves 42 clusters of schools who are exploring innovative uses of digital technology and STEM in schools.  The clusters…

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Gaeltacht e-Hub Project Launch

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. was on Arranmore Island in County Donegal on Monday, April 1st to officially launch the Gaeltacht e-Hub Project. This innovative digital project will provide Gaeltacht post-primary students with the opportunity to access a greater range of Senior Cycle subjects online, through the medium of Irish. This three-year pilot project is based on comprehensive research completed on similar e-learning initiatives globally, where…

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ATS STEM Project partners at the kick-off meeting in DCU this week

Launch of ATS STEM

This week saw the kick-off meeting for H2 Learning’s new Key Action 3 Project, ATS STEM. The new project focuses on the area of STEM education and builds on two previously successful Key Action 3 Projects, EUFOLIO and ATS 2020. Over 12 months ago now H2 led the development of a preproposal submission with support from our partner organisations, and this week we all came together in Dublin City University…

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BETT 2019 – Some Impressions

The 2019 BETT Show is over for another year and already the organisers are taking bookings for the January 2020 show. This year’s show was once again jam packed with companies and organisations involved in digital education.  As always there was much to see on the stands and at the various talks that were taking place all over BETT and beyond.  From speaking to colleagues there were many highlights at…

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STEM Learning in Minecraft

The Innovating Pedagogy 2019 report: Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers was recently released by the Open University.  This is the 7th report in the Innovating Pedagogy series and this year the report highlights 10 forms of learning that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.  The report states that  “the core of learning is found not in what is defined…

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TELMS Project and Resources

The TELMS (Technology Enhanced Learning Mentoring) Erasmus+ Project has been running for the past two years.  The project focused on peer mentoring staff to use TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) in their learning, teaching and assessment strategies.  The TEL peer mentoring model has been developed by South Eastern Regional College (SERC), Northern Ireland over the past ten years. SERC, through the project supported  City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB),…

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Blended Learning – Now a real consideration for many educators

Blended Learning is gaining traction in many educational sectors. The OECD recent publication, Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments, includes blended learning as one of a number of innovative pedagogies. There is a growing interest in designing learning experiences where there is a mix of online and face-to-face learning. The following video provides a nice overview of what blended learning can look like. However, there is no one blend and…

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TELMS Project – Where Teachers Share Ideas and Resources

In recent days I had a discussion with a colleague who works with school leaders and we were chatting about how schools are embedding digital technologies into their practices.  The person I spoke with was lessthan convinced that schools are embedding digital technologies into their practice to support their primary work – the teaching of the curriculum.  This discussion is coming at a time when schools will be introduced to…

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Digital Education Action Plan

In January the European Commission launched their Digital Education Action Plan. The plan has 3 main priorities, which are outlined below: Making better use of digital technology for teaching and learning Developing relevant digital competences and skills for the digital transformation Improving education through better data analysis and foresight The Commission recognises that there is a need to make better use of digital technology for teaching and learning and this…

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BETT 2018 – Some Highlights

Once again, many Irish educators made the journey to the BETT Show in London last week. It was great to meet many old friends and to discuss the new possibilities for teaching, learning and assessment that they witnessed at the show. This year the show was once again dominated by the big players, Microsoft, Google and Intel but there were some very interesting displays focusing on STEAM and on new…

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