AgriKids – Farm Safety Education for Children

Despite the muck, or maybe because of it, farms are magical places for curious children. I’ve yet to meet a child who isn’t excited at the prospect of a visit to one of the growing number of farm experiences that are based around Ireland. But anyone from a rural background will tell you that behind the magic there are potential hazards that can cause serious injury or even death. Children…

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Anki – Flashcard App for Language Learning

Flashcards for memorization is often welcomed by a chorus of yawns from both teachers and students alike. They can take an age to create and have a reputation of being boring, forever associated with the pains of rote learning and fact drilling. However, if used correctly they do have a useful place in the classroom as a complementary study aid particularly when it comes to language learning, helping learners to…

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Articulate 360 – ELearning Authoring Tool

The online learning landscape has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Learners are spoilt for choice particularly when it comes to MOOCs in terms of subject, delivery style and pace. As a result learners are more sophisticated in their taste and rightly have expectations of high production values. We know that attention spans are reducing even for video content, so if you’re delivering learning content online you will want…

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GLOBAL COLLABORATION WEEK (September 17th to 21st)

Here we are again at the beginning of another school year and already we have a virtual education conference in the offing. Starting today Global Collaboration Week begins with a great range of synchronous and asynchronous events to bring teachers, students and organisations across the globe together online to celebrate global connectivity in the classroom. Organised by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, the founders and co-chairs of the Global Education…

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GoNoodle – Take a Brain Break

We’ve all experienced those moments in a classroom when the energy levels drop, students’ attention drifts and learning stagnates. The penny drops as the tumble weed floats by: “I’ve lost them”. It’s particularly bad in those weeks before the summer holidays when the sun typically starts to shine and energy levels for both teachers and students can plummet as the school year draws to an end. Brain breaks, brief scheduled…

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Informed Opinions: Teaching Students How to Recognise Fake News

It seems that we now live in a world of make believe where the line between fact and fiction are blurred. Our traditional news outlets, underpinned by journalistic standards and ethics, are being replaced by unregulated social media feeds delivered unprompted right to our screens. We now have access to a daily diet of stories with snappy “click-bait” headlines designed to hook us in at first glance as they speak…

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Smiling Mind – Free Mindfulness Education Programme

Over the last few years we’ve seen a much needed awareness of the benefits of social emotional learning together with an understanding of how a student’s wellbeing impacts on their learning and long term life chances. As a result there’s been a huge explosion in the number of mindfulness CPD courses available to Irish teachers.  A lot of these courses put the emphasis on bringing a sense of the calm…

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Free Gifted and Talented Education Kit

Developed in 2004 by GERRIC (the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre) based in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, the Gifted and Talented Education Kit is a comprehensive and completely free CPD package for teachers available online.  It’s a must for any educator who wishes to explore the area of gifted education while gaining insight and practical strategies into how…

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Global Education Conference 2017 (November 13th-16th)

Founded by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, the Global Education Conference Network (formerly the Global Education Collaborative) has grown from strength to strength since its relatively humble beginnings back in 2007 to a 22,000 plus worldwide online community of teachers, students, education innovators, organisations and stakeholders. If you’re considering linking up with a school in another country for a collaborative learning project, then this is a great place to find…

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Finding the right Tool – Common Sense Education

Sometimes it feels that we’re swamped by choice when it comes to Edtech. Apparently there can be too much of a good thing! There’s so much of it available across multiple platforms that it can prove overwhelming with the result that sometimes potentially great learning technology or resources can go unnoticed or undiscovered. It’s often sometimes easier to go with what you know rather than invest time and money (and…

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