AgriKids – Farm Safety Education for Children

Despite the muck, or maybe because of it, farms are magical places for curious children. I’ve yet to meet a child who isn’t excited at the prospect of a visit to one of the growing number of farm experiences that are based around Ireland. But anyone from a rural background will tell you that behind the magic there are potential hazards that can cause serious injury or even death. Children…

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ePortfolios – Which Online Platform – Part 1

Many primary schools are introducing ePortfolios as a Digital Learning tool to support the formative and summative assessment practices used in the school. A number of different platforms are currently being used in primary and post primary schools including G Suite for Education/Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoolology, Mahara, Seesaw, iTunes U and Office 365’s One Note – Class Notebook. We have been researching some of these platforms to introduce an ePortfolio…

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Gaeltacht e-Hub Project Launch

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. was on Arranmore Island in County Donegal on Monday, April 1st to officially launch the Gaeltacht e-Hub Project. This innovative digital project will provide Gaeltacht post-primary students with the opportunity to access a greater range of Senior Cycle subjects online, through the medium of Irish. This three-year pilot project is based on comprehensive research completed on similar e-learning initiatives globally, where…

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Accessibility, Flexibility and Formative Assessment for the Math Classroom with OneNote for Windows 10

For this post, I have created three videos showcasing some of the more recent additions to OneNote for Windows 10. Please note, the Math button is not available in OneNote 2016. This may mean downloading or switching to the OneNote app for Windows 10. OneNote for Windows 10 is a free application available to all Windows 10 users. The features demonstrated are available to users with an Office 365 license.…

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ATS STEM Project partners at the kick-off meeting in DCU this week

Launch of ATS STEM

This week saw the kick-off meeting for H2 Learning’s new Key Action 3 Project, ATS STEM. The new project focuses on the area of STEM education and builds on two previously successful Key Action 3 Projects, EUFOLIO and ATS 2020. Over 12 months ago now H2 led the development of a preproposal submission with support from our partner organisations, and this week we all came together in Dublin City University…

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ICT Infrastructure Grant – Application Date Extended

Earlier this month the TeachNet Blog reported on Additional ICT Funding Announced For All Schools, a further €50million investment in ICT infrastructure for all primary and post-primary schools. In addition, Paul Monroe referenced in his post, a further €5m of funding that had been set aside to recognise and support schools’ efforts to engage with digital technologies in teaching and learning. Interested school’s were invited to complete an application for…

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Power-up for TECH_WEEK 2019

TECH_WEEK, Ireland’s nationwide annual festival of technology runs from May 11th – 18th. Aimed at students, parents and the general public, Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities happening in libraries, schools, community centres and many other locations.  Activities provide hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology are shaping every area of life: education, health, environment, social interaction, leisure, citizenship…the list…

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ICT and Primary Schools

On March 4th 2019, the third installment under the Digital Strategy for Schools (2018-2019) was announced. This grant funding for the purchase of ICT infrastructure is intended to enable schools, both Primary and Post Primary, to embed the use of digital technology in teaching and learning. Since the 9th of January, 2019 the Department of Education has released 24 Whole School Evaluation (WSE) reports from Primary schools on its website.…

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Additional ICT Funding Announced For All Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh this week announced a further €50million investment in ICT infrastructure for all primary and post-primary schools. Grant funding for the purchase of ICT infrastructure will issue shortly  to all eligible primary and post primary schools in the country to enable them to embed the use of digital technology in teaching and learning. This latest tranche of funding brings the Government’s total investment…

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Microsoft HoloLens 2, The future of Mixed Reality Learning environments

In February, Microsoft launched their newest Mixed reality headset. This piece of kit is noteworthy because although it is out of reach of our schools now, it may open the door to mixed reality learning environments down the road. The headset, which is beautifully crafted, allows users to mix hologram images with their real life environment. The sleek fit, high end technology, pin point resolution and easy to use interface…

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