Questions I’ve been asked about Chromebooks

Here are some questions I’ve been asked about Chromebooks. I am no expert but learning loads about them at the moment. Are Chromebooks easy to administer? ( I worked in IT for about 10 years, and have pretty ok knowledge of Windows Active Directory) Yes and no. If you are familiar with Active Directory, you’ll understand that 🙂 The Admin of G Suite is really well supported by Google so most things…

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Visualisers – an (almost) complete guide

Although they’ve been tinkering around the education world for the last few years, visualisers have not had as big an impact as some of its technological rivals such as the interactive whiteboard.  In this article I’m going to try and explain what a visualiser is, how they are used in the classroom and finally, why your school would need one. I first landed my eye on a visualiser when I…

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Is moving to G Suite for Education free?

A teacher in a school was asking me whether she should consider moving from Microsoft Office to G Suite for Education in order to save money. The purpose of this article is not to judge the merits of either suite of applications, as this is very much subjective. However, it interested me because, at first, it felt like a no-brainer – Microsoft Office (the software as opposed to Office 365)…

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Some Android Apps to try

There are a number of Irish websites out there that recommend Apps for tablets but they generally all tend to be for iPads, which isn’t much good if you have just bought a class set of Android tablets. That isn’t to say that you’ve made a mistake buying Android over iPads. In fact, for most things, Android tablets are just as good as iPads and, overall, you’ll find that most…

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What to do if your school has an unofficial Facebook Page

One of the problems with most social media services is that anyone can set up a profile without proving that they represent the entity. Schools are no exception and it is becoming common that parents, former pupils and even staff members are taking it upon themselves to create Facebook Pages, Instagram Profiles and Snapchat accounts in the name of their school, without asking permission of the school. Ultimately, doing this does not…

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New Year New Tech

The start of the year generally means the purchasing of new equipment. The three main pieces of hardware that most schools look at are laptops, iPads and, most recently, Chromebooks. This article goes through the advantages and disadvantages of all three. Windows Laptops Strengths: Microsoft Office – Open source and online alternatives still can’t compete Flash – Flash is not dead in primary education despite what tablet people will tell…

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Setting homework using technology

Technology has given teachers some new superpowers! It is possible for classrooms to open their walls around the world and to communicate with each other. Many schools are now communicating with parents via technology, whether it’s by text messaging or online newsletters or social media. In this article, I’m going to discuss 3 ways that teachers can save some time by sharing homework with parents using a few different services. Before that, what…

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A Simple Guide to Visualisers

I first landed my eye on a visualiser when I was in college around 1999-2000 in UCD. It wasn’t called a visualiser then and I remember it cost the university a hell of a lot of money.  It was used once in a lecture like a fancy overhead projector, in that, the lecturer simply placed his handwritten notes on the visualiser’s surface and they showed up on a big screen. …

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What to do if someone sets up an unofficial school Facebook Page

One of the problems with most social media services is that anyone can set up a profile without proving that they represent the entity. Schools are no exception and it is becoming common that parents, former pupils and even staff members are taking it upon themselves to create Facebook Pages, Instagram Profiles and Snapchat accounts in the name of their school, without asking permission of the school. Ultimately, doing this does not…

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Scratch as Gaeilge

Many teachers use Scratch in their classrooms these days. For those of you who don’t know what Scratch is, it is a visual programming language where users can create computer programmes by dragging and dropping “blocks” of code. It is extremely popular in Ireland with annual competitions. Scratch 2.0 is the latest version of Scratch, which runs completely online. However, one thing you might not know is that Scratch 2.0…

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