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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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Trying out Podcasting

I’m an administrative principal, which gives me very little opportunity to regularly work with classes so I’m always looking for opportunities to work with groups of pupils where, if I’m not available for some reason, it’s not affecting the teacher too much. I decided I’d take 6 students to set up a podcast and try and record an episode once a month. Here’s what I learned from our first episode.…

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Wakelet Introduction

WAKELET FOR EDUCATION       We as educators we are naturally curious and are continually trying to improve the quality of our teaching and learning.       Wakelet is an online resource that will allow you to present information in a very engaging and visually appealing fashion for your students. Your students can create a wakelet collection about a particular topic drawing from resources that exist on the…

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Engineers Week 2019

Engineers Week 2019 kicks off this Saturday March 2nd and boasts another jam packed programme for primary and secondary students nationwide. Engineer’s Week, is a week long festival of events to celebrate the world of engineering in Ireland. From spaceships to ice skates, bubbles in chocolate bars, to life-saving medical treatments, engineering permeates every part of our lives. However, not enough young people think of it as a possible future…

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HTML Heroes – Internet Safety Resource for Third and Fourth Class Primary School

HTML Heroes is the latest primary school Internet Safety resource for third and fourth class. The publication of this resource by the Webwise/PDST – TIE (PDST – Technology in Education) team is timely in the light of the recent publication of CyberSafe Ireland’s survey of 8-10 year old’s use of technology, which found that over three quarters of eight year olds owned a smart device. Our own experience in school has been…

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T-REX (Teachers’ Research Exchange)

The Teaching Council have just launched an online platform for teachers and educational researchers called T-REX. T-REX stands for Teachers’ Research Exchange. Its aim is to support teachers and education researchers to converse, collaborate and connect with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The video below provides some insight into what T-REX is all about. I am particularly excited about joining the REXpert chat series for the opportunity to chat with internationally…

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BETT 2019 – Some Impressions

The 2019 BETT Show is over for another year and already the organisers are taking bookings for the January 2020 show. This year’s show was once again jam packed with companies and organisations involved in digital education.  As always there was much to see on the stands and at the various talks that were taking place all over BETT and beyond.  From speaking to colleagues there were many highlights at…

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