Biophilia Educational Project – Listen, Learn & Create

And now for something completely different! Biophilia. This app may not appeal to everyone but it certainly offers a different approach to STEM/Arts education where music, nature and technology all merge into an extraordinary interactive multimedia smorgasbord. It’s weird, wonderful and totally unexpected comprising of a suite of original music compositions along with 9 interactive learning experiences that you discover as you zoom through a three-dimensional galaxy which you navigate via…

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The Raspberry Pi – The Digital Swiss Army Knife

As mentioned previously, we have been dabbling with Raspberry Pi computers since 2014. To those unfamiliar with these little gems, a Raspberry Pi is a very affordable, single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Initially we looked at how we could use them to help children in senior classes learn programming and based much of the…

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What to do if someone sets up an unofficial school Facebook Page

One of the problems with most social media services is that anyone can set up a profile without proving that they represent the entity. Schools are no exception and it is becoming common that parents, former pupils and even staff members are taking it upon themselves to create Facebook Pages, Instagram Profiles and Snapchat accounts in the name of their school, without asking permission of the school. Ultimately, doing this does not…

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All Aboard 2017 Week

The Teaching and Learning Forum are running the All Aboard 2017 Week from April 3rd to 7th. If you are using digital technology with your learners during the week visit their site and register your event. The All Aboard site states the following: What is All Aboard 2017? An initiative being co-run by The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Ireland’s higher education…

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Finnish Lessons – ViLLE and Wilma

The ADJIE Project held a Transnational Project Meeting recently in Paimio, Finland. The programme of activities included visits to local schools – both primary and secondary. Workshops and lectures also took place in the town library and in two of the nearby universities. A couple of interesting tools that emerged during the trip include ViLLE and Wilma. ViLLE is a collaborative education platform that enables teachers to easily create virtual courses…

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Upgrading Projectors – Part 2

In a previous posting we looked at updating/upgrading and replacing projectors supplied with the earliest Promethean interactive whiteboard systems which schools would have purchased between 2005 and 2009. These projectors in general were Sanyo units such as Sanyo PLC-XU70 (Long Throw) and Sanyo PLC-XE40/45 (Orange Short Throw).  RA Technology have a useful page to help with identifying your Promethean Mounting System at http://www.ratechnology.co.uk/media/RA%20Promethean%20+2%20Flyer.pdf In this second series we will look at…

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Recovering from a Hard Disk failure

I use several Cloud Storage options to backup data; however I rely heavily on local backup options. The 175 Gb external hard disk that I use for all my important backups suddenly became RAW! A RAW drive is a hard drive partition which has not been formatted with the file system neither FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 nor NTFS/NTFS5. Windows does not recognise RAW disks. My drive was originally NTFS; I had thought I had heard…

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Digital Learning Day 2017

Last Thursday, February 23rd was Digital Learning day. Started in 2012 Digital Learning Day is an annual celebration that provides educators an opportunity to collaborate with peers and share ideas, try out new digital tools and celebrate education innovation. The purpose of this day is to bring awareness of the power of technology when it comes to student learning. The digital revolution has provided unparalleled access to information, and empowered…

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Students own ‘How To’ Maths YouTube Channel

I am a big fan of Khan Academy and how its lessons and activities support in-class and independent learning for my students. However, my students sometimes grumble that they are put off by the approaches used, different than what I might use or the text book, and lack of an Irish accent. I do have a Microsoft Surface Book which comes with a digitizer pen and provides me with the…

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Teachers Matter

I still have the photograph tucked away in a drawer – occasionally I come across it when looking for something else – and it always makes me smile. It’s a picture of me in the early seventies, gap toothed, grinning like the cat who got the cream in my first communion confection of a dress. I’m only partly smiling because of the dress – oh that dress! – but rather…

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