Need a Hand with the Hour of Code?

Has your school always wanted to explore computer coding but just didn’t know where to start? Good news…DCU’s Institute of Education, St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra is currently offering a helping hand with Hour of Code 2019. They would like to invite your school to take part in the DCU Hour of Code project with preservice teachers who are in the final year of the B.Ed programme. Although the campus is…

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Get into Maths Week 2019

Maths Week is here and already over 260,000 students across the country are already signed up. So it’s time to make sure your school gets part of the action by signing up now… Maths Week Ireland is an annual all-island festival dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of maths and numeracy among young people, parents and the wider population. From October 12th – 20th, over 400,000 people, including students (Of…

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Play your PowerPoint Slides within OneNote

Over the last few weeks, there have been lots of new additions to Microsoft apps and some Windows features. For this post, I am going to focus on a simple and welcome feature, which is the ability to now embed and move through a slide show within OneNote. Over the years I have introduced many educators and students to the powerful functionality of OneNote but I have often been asked…

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Things I’ve Learned with Chromebooks

I was one of the speakers at Google’s Back to School event in September, the first time a primary school teacher addressed the conference. Most of the audience were primary school teachers, which was just as well! I spoke about my school’s journey with Google – the good, the bad and Google Wave. I spoke about the reasons we chose Google as our back end for all our administrative work.…

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Bebras Challenge 2019

Back again for 2019, The Bebras Computing Challenge will run from November 4th – 15th and applications are now open for this year’s event… Bebras is 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. Taking place in Ireland since 2012, the Bebras Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from…

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EU Code Week 2019

As mooted by Paul in his post last week, EU Code Week 2019 is just around the corner, in fact it runs from October 5th – 20th (which makes it more of a Code Fortnight in reality!) and the organisers are expecting even greater participation from schools and to exceed the 2.7 million participants last time out. Crucially, no previous coding knowledge is required, just visit codeweek.eu to search for…

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Irish Led VET Project Shortlisted for European Skills Week Award

The Erasmus + project Skills4Work, coordinated by H2 Learning partnering with City of Dublin ETB and four other European partners has been shortlisted for  a prestigious European Skills Week Award. To assist in winning the award we’re asking readers to vote now for the  Skills4Work project @ ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/VETExcellenceAwards2019  before Tuesday, October 15th. Skills4Work is a learning model for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector developed in Ireland, Northern Ireland,…

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Sphero SPRK+

With coding week nearly upon us again I decided to invest in some new coding hardware for our school. I had heard good reports about Sphero SPRK+ and so invested in a number of them for our school. Sphero SPRK+ is a small but rugged spherical robot capable of rolling around, changing colours, running programmes and being controlled by a smartphone or tablet. It has Programmable sensors like motor encoders,…

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Autumn CPD from TeachNet

For Autumn 2019, 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 DCU 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. We are…

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ePortfolios – Which Online Platform – Part 2

In a previous post last April, I wrote about our requirements for the Platform that we might choose when undertaking a pilot on ePortfolios in the last term of the school year with our third classes. SeeSaw has been recommended by PDST – TIE (PDST – Technology in Education) in their own courses on teachercpd.ie, in In Touch articles and on ScoilNet as a very suitable platform. You may recall…

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