TeachNet CPD Summer 2018

For Summer 2018, TeachNet are offering seven EPV Day Approved courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including two new blended (Face-to-face and online) courses, ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education’ and ‘Enhancing 21st Skills using Microsoft Tools’, developed in association with Microsoft Education and hosted in DreamSpace, their new immersive teaching and learning centre. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St.…

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Tech Week 2018 – Get Connected!

Ireland’s national festival of technology is just around the corner, Tech Week 2018 runs from April 22nd – 28th. Now in it’s fifth year, Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland – in libraries, schools, community centres, and many other locations. These activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new…

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Battle in the Cloud – What productivity suite is best for Education?

I (And other contributors) have written at length previously here about the undeniable benefits of cloud based tools and applications in the classroom. Granted, these have been primarily based on Office 365 but Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity suite isn’t the only game in town, In fact, Google’s G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Education) was the ground breaker, launching its online office suite back in 2006. Jump forward twelve years on and the…

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CESI Conference 2018 Rescheduled

Early in February we highlighted the upcoming CESI National Conference, scheduled for March 3rd and 4th. However, Storm Emma and the Beast from the East put toll to these plans with postponement of the annual conference until a later date. Well, the CESI Executive haven’t wasted anytime and have rearranged  the Conference and TeachMeet for the coming weekend, March 9th & 10th. So good news on two fronts, firstly the…

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CESI 2018 Conference – Shaping Tomorrow Today

The 2018 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) will take place on Saturday 3rd March at the St. Patrick’s Campus of Dublin City University. The CESI conference has long been a calendar highlight for those who are interested in integrating technology into their teaching and learning and this year promises to uphold the high standard that has been set by previous CESI events. The theme…

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Up Skill this Spring with TeachNet CPD

To help you and your school effectively deliver digital learning in the classroom, TeachNet is currently enrolling for its Spring Course Programme, with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using digital technologies creatively.…

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Story Remix – At Last a Worthy PhotoStory Successor

PhotoStory 3 (Windows XP’s slideshow creation tool) first released in 2004 continues to hold cult status among many teachers. Photo Story was (And is) a free Windows XP program for creating video presentations from photos complete with titles, captions, sound effects, narration and background music. It’s simplicity and flexibility made Photostory an instant success with teachers and to this day is in regular classroom use, right across the curriculum. Whatever…

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Get Into The Hour of Code 2017

With the lofty ambition of being the largest learning event in history, The Hour of Code 2017 is back and takes place next week, December 4th – 10th. Hosted by code.org, The Hour of Code week is an opportunity for teachers and students (Ages 4 and upwards) to try computer coding and in tow have opportunities that develop the skills required to approach coding problems. Now entering its 5th year,…

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Take the Bebras Challenge this Week

Today marks the start of the 2017 Bebras Challenge, taking place from 6th – 17th November, the Bebras Computing Challenge s an international online motivational challenge designed to get students all over the world excited about computing and computational thinking and is run in over 40 countries. Over the next fortnight you can register your class for free and schedule a test at any time. The tests/challenges are made up of…

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Scratch National Competition 2018

TeachNet blog followers will be well familiar with our advocacy of coding in schools, and synonymous with same is Scratch. Previously, we’ve looked at Scratch (And its ubiquitous feline protagonist) in many guises but this time around I’d like to highlight the Scratch National Competition which is now open for entries. The competition, now in its 8th year, is supported by the ICS Foundation, Lero, IT Sligo and ITT Dublin…

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