Introducing the GoPiGo

In a previous post I mentioned that our school had just taken delivery of a GoPiGo and promised to keep you posted on our journey, and just last week, the cling-wrap was removed and the exploration began. We sourced our GoPiGo base kit from ModMyPi in the UK and  this kit comes with everything you need to get started, including a robot body, motors, controls, and a power battery pack.…

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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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Digital Media Module: Office, Paint 3D and 3D Modelling in PowerPoint and Word

This year I teach a Digital Media module to Transition Year students, I designed this module by asking Transition Year students, when they were still in 3rd year, what type of digital competencies they would like to have by the end of TY. In my school, coding is on the Junior Cycle curriculum so students wished for a break from this and to work more on regular Office programs, video…

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Wizer

 Wizer is an online resource website where teachers can create interactive worksheets for their pupils. These worksheets can contain images and video and questions can be presented in several different ways. There are many visual edits available to help make the worksheets more engaging to pupils and the library of templates is extensive. Once a worksheet has been created it can be shared with pupils in several different ways; a…

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Digital Learning Frameworks for Schools

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) published their new Digital Learning Frameworks on 14 September last. Invitations from schools to express their interest in trialling these new frameworks, 30 primary and 20 post-primary closed last Monday 2 October 2017. These new frameworks are one of the departments key supports for schools in implementing The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015 – 2020 which was first announced nearly two years ago.…

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The Educator Community – Be Part of It!

With the return to the classroom a month or so on, I hope life at the chalk face is returning to some sort of normality for readers after the unavoidable chaos of the first few weeks. With timetables, planning, yard duty rosters and the like, done and dusted, maybe now is the time to take a fresh look at the technology at your disposal and flesh out some new ideas…

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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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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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ConneXions – French & Irish Culture meet Digital Technology

Next weekend sees a unique event, Connexions, taking place in Richmond Barracks in Dublin. ConneXions is the first forum to connect actors from culture, education and digital technology from Ireland and France and to allow them to develop new partnerships, business opportunities and innovative projects. The event kicks off in Dublin next Friday, September 29th, with a Hackathon. Teams will compete to solve of the following challenges. Challenge #1: Getting…

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Autumn CPD from TeachNet

For Autumn 2017, TeachNet are offering four online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet courses are created “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively in the classroom. The feedback…

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