Assessment Instruments

The DES recently released a circular that provides a list of assessment instruments, including ability and achievement tests and web-based resources that are approved for use in guidance and/or learning-support contexts in post-primary schools. The list is reviewed annually and an updated list is published on the Department’s website at www.education.ie in May of each year. The approved assessment tools are provided under the following headings: ·    Achievement Tests – Group Administered Tests:…

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ClassFlow – Version 5

We have been following Promethean’s progress with their online cloud based Lesson creation and delivery programme ClassFlow for some time now. About 12 months ago we looked at some of the new features they had introduced in ClassFlow Version 4 – introduction of the Marketplace for finding resources, Rewards badges for rewarding students badges for good behaviour and work, a facility for teachers and or students to Collaborate on lessons…

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School ICT Planning

Earlier this year I participated in a European Schoolnet online course on administering a school ICT infrastructure. The course presented information about current practices and new developments to schools ICT administrators. The course content was divided into the following topics: 1: Optimising the school network 2: Wireless Networking and Bring your own device 3: Cloud models and services 4: Securing networks and Digital safety 5: Effective ICT administrator 6: New tools and services Badges…

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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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Get Involved in the Junior Cycle Reform – NCCA/JCT now recruiting

In September 2012 students starting post-primary school were the very first group to experience the reformed junior cycle in the English classroom. Since then, Science and Business Studies have been phased in and September 2017 will see Modern Foreign Languages as well as Irish, and Art Crafts and Design also begin their implementation. This will mark three of five phases in total. All five phases will be implemented at school…

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Biophilia Educational Project – Listen, Learn & Create

And now for something completely different! Biophilia. This app may not appeal to everyone but it certainly offers a different approach to STEM/Arts education where music, nature and technology all merge into an extraordinary interactive multimedia smorgasbord. It’s weird, wonderful and totally unexpected comprising of a suite of original music compositions along with 9 interactive learning experiences that you discover as you zoom through a three-dimensional galaxy which you navigate via…

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The Raspberry Pi – The Digital Swiss Army Knife

As mentioned previously, we have been dabbling with Raspberry Pi computers since 2014. To those unfamiliar with these little gems, a Raspberry Pi is a very affordable, single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Initially we looked at how we could use them to help children in senior classes learn programming and based much of the…

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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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All Aboard 2017 Week

The Teaching and Learning Forum are running the All Aboard 2017 Week from April 3rd to 7th. If you are using digital technology with your learners during the week visit their site and register your event. The All Aboard site states the following: What is All Aboard 2017? An initiative being co-run by The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Ireland’s higher education…

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Finnish Lessons – ViLLE and Wilma

The ADJIE Project held a Transnational Project Meeting recently in Paimio, Finland. The programme of activities included visits to local schools – both primary and secondary. Workshops and lectures also took place in the town library and in two of the nearby universities. A couple of interesting tools that emerged during the trip include ViLLE and Wilma. ViLLE is a collaborative education platform that enables teachers to easily create virtual courses…

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