Book Your Students in to Visit Microsoft DreamSpace

Have you enrolled your students to visit Microsoft’s DreamSpace for the upcoming 2018 -2019 academic year? The days seem to be booking up fast, our school has already booked for April 2019, so don’t delay! This might be worth letting your school’s TY Coordinator know about. DreamSpace is located in Leopardstown Dublin 13 and offers a Primary School or a Transition Year Experience which will open your students up to potential…

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Last Call for DreamSpace CPD

A last call out to potential participants on our two new blended courses (Face-to-face & online), ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education and ‘Enhancing 21st Skills using Microsoft Tools’ in DreamSpace, Microsoft’s new immersive teaching and learning experience. We have a limited number of places still available but book now to avoid disappointment… Spend 3 days in Microsoft DreamSpace (2-4 July) followed by 2 days online this summer and learn how to…

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Coding resources are Evolving

On Friday the 8th of June the 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan was published. The plan sets out a road map for the next twelve months. There are over 80 actions outlined in this action plan and one of these relates to Coding in the wider Primary Curriculum. Action Number 1.2 states that four sub-actions will take place during 2018. ● Publish examples of schools’ working with coding – phase…

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Coding Applications for Younger Pupils

To date we have used Scratch in our school to develop children’s coding skills. However, while this is a fantastic application, it is more suited to the older primary school pupil. We recently looked at a range of free, web based applications that can help to develop coding and programming skills throughout the primary school but that are particularly useful for the younger student. The following 5 applications have proved…

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Summer CPD Special – Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

Summer Special: Buy One Course And Get One Free… For a limited time, TeachNet are offering two courses for the price of one on any of our five EPV day approved online courses.  It’s that simple, pay for one course and get a second free, for you or a colleague/friend. To avail of this offer, enrol at www.teachnet.ie/courses/enrol/ for your preferred course before July 1st 2018 and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or…

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GoNoodle – Take a Brain Break

We’ve all experienced those moments in a classroom when the energy levels drop, students’ attention drifts and learning stagnates. The penny drops as the tumble weed floats by: “I’ve lost them”. It’s particularly bad in those weeks before the summer holidays when the sun typically starts to shine and energy levels for both teachers and students can plummet as the school year draws to an end. Brain breaks, brief scheduled…

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Back to Basics – OneNote

We’ve covered in depth some of the most powerful (and advanced) features of OneNote in the classroom here previously. This time round, we’re going to go right back to basics, in the first of a new series of posts designed to cover the fundamentals of popular classroom apps, so lets get started… The following OneNote video tutorial will guide you through… Adding Text Inserting Tables Adding Tags Adding File Attachments…

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TELMS Project – Where Teachers Share Ideas and Resources

In recent days I had a discussion with a colleague who works with school leaders and we were chatting about how schools are embedding digital technologies into their practices.  The person I spoke with was lessthan convinced that schools are embedding digital technologies into their practice to support their primary work – the teaching of the curriculum.  This discussion is coming at a time when schools will be introduced to…

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SCRATCH Conference 2018

Following on from its inaugural 2017 event , the National SCRATCH Conference is back and will take place in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath on Tuesday 19th June, 9.30 – 4:30. Scratch (To those uninitiated) is a free visual drag and drop programming tool designed specifically for education by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and then share…

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Questions I’ve been asked about Chromebooks

Here are some questions I’ve been asked about Chromebooks. I am no expert but learning loads about them at the moment. Are Chromebooks easy to administer? ( I worked in IT for about 10 years, and have pretty ok knowledge of Windows Active Directory) Yes and no. If you are familiar with Active Directory, you’ll understand that 🙂 The Admin of G Suite is really well supported by Google so most things…

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