Headsets for classrooms

What sort of headset would I recommend for classroom use? This question is an interesting one as I would have had a completely different answer 10 years ago. It just goes to show how quickly technology moves on! Most computers, laptops and mobile devices have inbuilt microphones in them, which are generally quite good, particularly for classroom use. Therefore, I would suggest that if your recording is simply for recording…

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Teacher Toolkit – Part 1

Ever wonder what are the must-have free tools for the digital classroom? Well read on…Over my next few posts, I’m going list my own personal favourites, ones I regularly use in school. I’m going to start with (Good old-fashioned) installable software and move on in parts 2 & 3 to online tools and apps. Needless to say the list is not exhaustive (A Top 10 in my case for the…

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Amplifying Students’ Voice in the Classroom with FlipGrid

Flipgrid is a free online video platform that offers students a place where they can share and reflect on ideas with other students and with their teachers. Flipgrid provides the perfect space for students to take part in classroom discussions and to share their thoughts and to hear their classmates’ ideas. It is easy to use for teachers and students. Teachers post topics to initiate the conversation and students respond…

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Webwise Resources – Internet Safety Talks for Parents

The internet safety team in Webwise/PDST-TiE (Professional Development Support for Teachers – Technology in Education) have produced a set of resources for use by schools and teachers in delivering Internet Safety Talks to Parents. There are sets of resources available for both primary and post-primary schools. The resources are primarily intended for schools wishing to host internet safety evenings for their parents delivered by their own staff, thus enhancing home…

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Microsoft’s Learning Tools Adds an Extra Dimension to the MFL classroom

Microsoft have made their amazing Learning Tools application available in Word, OneNote, Outlook and the Edge browser. Even more amazing is the fact that this software is free! Previously, I have posted about the opportunities Learning Tools provides to students with learning differences, to read my previous post, click here. In a nutshell ‘Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for learners regardless of…

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Using Scratch in the Primary Classroom

Scratch 3.0 is due for release on the 2nd of January 2019. There are many teachers who are looking forward to this significant update to a great Coding resource that is very popular in Irish Primary schools. Scratch 3.0 will certainly become even more popular as this release addresses a serious problem with Scratch 2.0 and the even earlier Scratch 1.4, the fact that these two versions could not be…

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Microsoft’s Futuristic Classroom

I recently took some primary school pupils to Microsoft’s headquarters in Leopardstown Dublin to take part in its futuristic new Dreamspace learning initiative. DreamSpace is an educational activity space developed in Dublin at a cost of €5m and it opened earlier this year. Microsoft runs a three-hour programme in DreamSpace for primary and Transition Year students, where the children are shown new technology, and work in teams to solve problems.…

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What Will You Create? #HourOfCode

The Hour of Code is back for 2018, December 3rd – 9th… Now entering its 6th year, the Hour of Code movement continues to grow and so far has reached over 100 million students  in more than 180 countries across 48 languages and code.org, who organise the global event claim that over 600 million hours have been hosted online since 2012. Questions anyone? Read on… What exactly is the Hour…

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ESB Science Blast 2019

  This academic year, the inaugural Science Blast will take place and equip up to 13,000 primary school students with the fundamental skills of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at a crucially early point in their academic lives. Science Blast involves an entire class investigating the science behind a straight-forward question and conducting simple experiments with items commonly found in schools or homes, before displaying their findings at an…

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Seesaw

Seesaw is a dynamic application that is simple to use and highly effective in classroom life. It is  a program that can be accessed by each of the students in your class and used to communicate, learn, share projects and create a portfolio. One of the key features of seesaw is its simple interface and easy to use tools. Students can take pictures of their work upload them and comment…

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