STEM – New Plan on its way

Towards a STEM Education Policy Statement and Implementation Plan for Schools The Department of Education and Skills are currently developing a STEM Education Policy Statement and Implementation Plan for Schools. The Department’s work in this area is being informed by the STEM Education in the Irish School System report. The report contains 47 suggested actions that the Department should undertake to enhance the STEM learning in schools. One chapter of…

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Digital Competence Framework for Educators

Today’s digital world is creating new opportunities for teaching, learning and assessment and thus is placing new demands on teachers, at all levels, in our education system to embed digital technologies appropriately in their practices. We know from over 30 years of research that the presence of technology alone is not enough to transform teaching, learning and assessment practices. Teachers are the ones who will design and create the learning…

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All Aboard 2017 Week

The Teaching and Learning Forum are running the All Aboard 2017 Week from April 3rd to 7th. If you are using digital technology with your learners during the week visit their site and register your event. The All Aboard site states the following: What is All Aboard 2017? An initiative being co-run by The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Ireland’s higher education…

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BETT 17 – What were some of the highlights?

The BETT Show in London has been on the go for over 30 years now and it never ceases to amaze me how many people make the journey to see what is new in the world of ICT and education. This year there seemed to be an increased Irish presence with the announcement of funding for ICT in schools. This year’s show was notable in that it had some very…

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Pocket size Professional Development for Christmas

As we enter the ‘crazy’ final weeks before end of the term, you think I am going to have time to engage in professional learning activities. Well this is an interesting twist on professional learning and one that has been running successfully for three years now, it is called the Twelve Apps of Christmas. It takes about 10 minutes each day and you leave with new ideas on how to…

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New Digital Resources from T&L

Interesting resources emerging from The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is involved in a wide range of interesting projects that are exploring the role of digital technology in HE and beyond. The Forum, through their teaching and learning enhancement fund funded 11 projects in their first round of funding in…

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Future of Learning Event @ DCU Institute of Education

There was great excitement yesterday in the newly established DCU Institute of Education, formerly St. Patrick’s College of Education, when they hosted the Microsoft Future of Learning event. The event involved two keynote addresses: one from inspirational speaker Mark Pollack and the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella. Mark Pollack shared his inspiring story with the packed auditorium and how he embraces challenge in life and he certainly has had his…

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New Scottish Digital Strategy – Some Observations

The Scottish Government recently launched their Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy. This is not the first Scottish Digital Strategy but it builds on previous strategies in an attempt to enhance learning and teaching through the use of digital technology. The strategy implies that digital technology should improve learning and teaching and that things should not remain the same. The Strategy’s vision is as follows: The focus is on educational improvement…

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OneNote Learning Tools

One of the most powerful and useful tools within Office 365 is OneNote. OneNote is s a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. It is a tool that can be used by students, teachers, principals for a multitude of purposes. Whilst OneNote is bundled with the subscription based Office 365, it is also available…

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Digital Devices in the classroom – are they having an impact?

In the past week I met a group of primary principals and during our conversation the discussion turned to the use of tablet devices in the classroom. Many of the principals reported they were disappointed with the impact these devices have had in their schools and they were surprised that only a small number of teachers actively use these devices regularly. This anecdote comes against the backdrop of a study…

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