Check123: A Video Encyclopedia for Schools

Check123 is a new, free service that offers 1, 2, and 3-minute videos across a variety of curricular subject areas. If you have tried to use YouTube (or a similar service) to find a classroom video then you know how difficult that can be, especially given the enormous number of videos you have to search through.  To make the process of finding educational videos easier, Check123 offers a highly curated…

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Converting Your Old Laptop into a Chromebook

We recently got a bank of new laptops for our school as we had 10 windows xp devices that we needed to retire. I hate throwing  anything out,  so I had a think about how we could make use of them in the school. After some research I decided to give these machines a new lease of life by installing the super-fast Chromium OS (essentially the same thing as ChromeOS that…

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Favourite Sites For Photos & Clip Art

It’s that time of the year again when teachers are busy putting together end of year class and school magazines. Children love to embellish their writing with clip art, photos and lots of visuals. When it’s not practical or possible to use their own digital photos then we have to make sure that whatever visuals they use are licensed as public domain or Creative Commons Attribution. I rely on a handful of websites…

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Mobile Learning Week 2017

Mobile Learning Week, UNESCO’s yearly ICT in education conference, took place last week at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. This year the focus was on ‘Education in emergencies and crises’, and sought to investigate and examine  ways to maximize the use of cheap and widely available mobile technologies for the education of refugees and other displaced persons around the world. We are witnessing the highest levels of displacement ever recorded.…

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Digital Learning Day 2017

Last Thursday, February 23rd was Digital Learning day. Started in 2012 Digital Learning Day is an annual celebration that provides educators an opportunity to collaborate with peers and share ideas, try out new digital tools and celebrate education innovation. The purpose of this day is to bring awareness of the power of technology when it comes to student learning. The digital revolution has provided unparalleled access to information, and empowered…

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QuizPedia

Assessment is central to the process of teaching and learning. It is used to monitor the learning processes and to ascertain achievement in each area of the curriculum. In previous posts I have looked at digital applications that can be used in the assessment process and I recently came across a new tool called QuizPedia that I have started to use in the classroom. QuizPedia is an online quiz creation…

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Learning With Memrise

I was recently asked to help prepare some students for the Credit Union Inter School Quiz competition. One of the children on the team was given the job of learning all the major world capitals. No easy task but one he told me he could achieve in one week using Memrise. I hadn’t heard of it before so I had a look at it and was quite impressed with what I…

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Coding In Irish Schools

We have just celebrated EU Code Week with many events taking place in schools across the country. Our own school organised local firms in Galway to come and talk to the children and complete coding workshops with our senior classes. We have also started a Friday Scratch club for interested children which we intend to run throughout the year. Most of the EU Coding Week’s events around the country this year were…

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BYOD – A Growing Trend

We are quickly becoming a hyper-connected society, and this trend for having technology at our fingertips is starting at a younger age than ever before. Smartphone ownership among children aged 5–15 is now at 50%, and adults are even more connected: 75% of UK adults own a smartphone, rising to 90% of 16–24-year-olds, while 70% of UK households have a tablet. The ever-increasing use of mobile devices by young people in…

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Microsoft Launches New Classroom Tools

Digital workspaces shared by teachers and students are becoming popular, particularly in secondary and third level and Microsoft is trying to carve out its own place in an increasingly competitive market. In the last week, Microsoft announced a new platform for education — Microsoft Classroom. Having joined together tools from Office 365 and a series of learning management partnerships, Microsoft has high hopes that Classroom will become the central hub…

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