The BBC Micro:bit

Those of you who are old enough might remember that in the 1980’s the BBC Micro Computer running Logo was considered cutting edge in terms of IT in schools. Many children who grew up with the micro went on to forge successful careers in the IT industry. More than 30 years on, the BBC has lifted the lid on the BBC Micro:bit, a new pocket-sized code-able computer with motion detection, a…

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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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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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BETT 2018 – Some Highlights

Once again, many Irish educators made the journey to the BETT Show in London last week. It was great to meet many old friends and to discuss the new possibilities for teaching, learning and assessment that they witnessed at the show. This year the show was once again dominated by the big players, Microsoft, Google and Intel but there were some very interesting displays focusing on STEAM and on new…

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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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Organise & Collaborate with OneNote Class Notebook

OneNote Class Notebook is an add-in for OneNote that helps you to streamline the use of OneNote between you, the teacher, and your class of numerous students. Teachers spent too long in the past building notebooks with varying settings to allow OneNote to be the absolute one stop shop for class delivery, content management and collaboration. This app will create a class notebook, which includes three types of sub-notebooks: Student…

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Use Windows 10 Connect to Create a Free Mobile Visualiser

With Windows 10 Connect application, which is automatically installed on Windows 10 PCs, you can create your own free mobile visualiser with the help of any android phone or tablet.  Simply connect your Android smartphone or tablet to the same wifi as your Windows 10 PC. On your Android device, activate the Smart View application. This is pre-installed on most devices. On your Windows PC, turn on the Connect application.…

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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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BYOD – more headaches than benefits?

During a “Croke Park” session on “Tablet Devices in Primary Schools” late last year, the topic of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) generated lots of discussion and debate. The arguments for and against this initiative were well reasoned and well thought out and all of the arguments will be familiar to anyone who has followed this topic both online and in the wider media. Initially there was a small bit…

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Digital Learning Clusters

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) recently announced a new project where clusters of schools willing to collaborate and work together in exciting and innovative ways using digital technologies can come together and receive funding for their project from the Schools Excellence Fund – Digital. Applications are invited from clusters of schools or individual schools who have a suitable project idea and are willing to collaborate with others. This Digital…

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