Free Gifted and Talented Education Kit

Developed in 2004 by GERRIC (the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre) based in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, the Gifted and Talented Education Kit is a comprehensive and completely free CPD package for teachers available online.  It’s a must for any educator who wishes to explore the area of gifted education while gaining insight and practical strategies into how…

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Replay in OneNote: A Gamechanger for the Classroom

OneNote for Windows 10 app has a new feature called Replay, which records the Digital Ink that is input into OneNote and creates a movie like animation that can allow the teacher to pause and play at any time during the lesson. The Replay function is very useful as it allows the teacher to elaborate on key points or highlight certain aspects of a Mathematical problem during class. Students will…

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Story Remix – At Last a Worthy PhotoStory Successor

PhotoStory 3 (Windows XP’s slideshow creation tool) first released in 2004 continues to hold cult status among many teachers. Photo Story was (And is) a free Windows XP program for creating video presentations from photos complete with titles, captions, sound effects, narration and background music. It’s simplicity and flexibility made Photostory an instant success with teachers and to this day is in regular classroom use, right across the curriculum. Whatever…

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Some Android Apps to try

There are a number of Irish websites out there that recommend Apps for tablets but they generally all tend to be for iPads, which isn’t much good if you have just bought a class set of Android tablets. That isn’t to say that you’ve made a mistake buying Android over iPads. In fact, for most things, Android tablets are just as good as iPads and, overall, you’ll find that most…

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Get Into The Hour of Code 2017

With the lofty ambition of being the largest learning event in history, The Hour of Code 2017 is back and takes place next week, December 4th – 10th. Hosted by code.org, The Hour of Code week is an opportunity for teachers and students (Ages 4 and upwards) to try computer coding and in tow have opportunities that develop the skills required to approach coding problems. Now entering its 5th year,…

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STEM Education Policy Statement 2017-2026

Today the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today launched his Department’s STEM Education Policy Statement 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2019. The Minister is taking a long-term view on developing STEM learning across the entire school system from Early Childhood to Leaving Cert. He stated at the launch event I have set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. We…

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TeachMeet Teachers Wowed by Learning Tools add-in for Word and OneNote

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting teachers from across Longford and Westmeath ETB at their annual TeachMeet. After their keynote presentation from Declan Coyle, author of The Green Platform, cluster groups of teachers moved from room-to-room to fifteen minute workshops or presentation. I was invited to speak about Microsoft OneNote – OneNote in 15 minutes meant I had to sit down and think of my absolute favourite features,…

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Girls who Code

Some years back I wrote a dissertation on the topic of Gender Imbalance in Computing Disciplines at 3rd level with particular reference to Institutes of Technology and the implications for Primary and Post Primary integration of IT into the curriculum in Ireland. The conclusions I drew from my literature review and research findings were as follows: The phenomena of a gender imbalance in computer science is a recognised and well…

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The State of Technology in Education Report – 2017/2018

Promethean published their first “State of Technology in Education Report” in 2016, having garnered the insights of 1,500 teachers. This gave some insights of the current technologies, educator attitudes to technology and latest trends on pedagogical use of technology in education throughout the U.K. Earlier in 2017, Promethean invited educators at all levels of education to join with them in undertaking further research to establish how the landscape with regard…

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Google’s New Mapping Features

Earlier this year Google announced two major updates to Earth and Maps. First to arrive was a brand new Google Earth experience that is web-based (not an install) and will even work on Chromebooks. With this web based version you can see and experience the world like never before. Just visit https://earth.google.com/web to get started. This latest version 9 of Google Earth puts a big focus on guided tours via…

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