Facebook Live for Learning – Education DESTY

Live streaming video has taken the world by storm allowing everyone from individuals through to groups, organisations, news providers and companies to tell their story from their own perspective in real time without edits. It’s that instant share that can of course cause problems, but that’s another story. I’m far more interested in the learning opportunities it can provide, particularly for schools and even teacher training. Having used a variety…

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STEM – New Plan on its way

Towards a STEM Education Policy Statement and Implementation Plan for Schools The Department of Education and Skills are currently developing a STEM Education Policy Statement and Implementation Plan for Schools. The Department’s work in this area is being informed by the STEM Education in the Irish School System report. The report contains 47 suggested actions that the Department should undertake to enhance the STEM learning in schools. One chapter of…

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Setting homework using technology

Technology has given teachers some new superpowers! It is possible for classrooms to open their walls around the world and to communicate with each other. Many schools are now communicating with parents via technology, whether it’s by text messaging or online newsletters or social media. In this article, I’m going to discuss 3 ways that teachers can save some time by sharing homework with parents using a few different services. Before that, what…

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Summer CPD – Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

June 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 now at www.teachnet.ie/courses/enrol/ for your preferred course and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or call 01-4806208 to get…

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Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools – Part 3

Having painstakingly assembled the kit and successfully installed the hardware outside, our school’s Raspberry Pi Weather Station has now been diligently recording local weather information for the last number of months. Since then, it has been up to us to ensure its potential for enhancing teaching and learning experiences is maximised. Fortunately there is a wide variety of detailed lesson plans and activities provided in the education section of raspberrypi.org…

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Educational Robotics in Italian Schools

Earlier this month I was on an Erasmus+ visit to our partner school I.C. Toniola in Pisa who are one of the three Italian schools in “Our Digital Journey in Europe” project. Schools in Italy like here at home in Ireland, are also embarking on a new Digital Strategy in education. During the visit I had an opportunity to visit a number of classrooms in the primary school and the…

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The New Google Earth

One of my all time favourite ICT, SESE teaching resources, Google Earth, has recently been updated and it contains lots of new features to enhance the user experience. Google Earth is of course a software program where the earth is shown in either 2D or 3D mode and the new update brings Google Earth directly into a browser window. There’s a walk-through tutorial when Google Earth is launched first time…

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Favourite Sites For Photos & Clip Art

It’s that time of the year again when teachers are busy putting together end of year class and school magazines. Children love to embellish their writing with clip art, photos and lots of visuals. When it’s not practical or possible to use their own digital photos then we have to make sure that whatever visuals they use are licensed as public domain or Creative Commons Attribution. I rely on a handful of websites…

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Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB run Annual Awards Event

This year Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education Training Board (MSLETB) ran an awards event to recognise innovation and creativity across their entire service. Projects could be entered under six broad categories open to staff and students. The categories were as follows: Contribution to local community/society This award will be presented for the best initiative promoting the positive contribution to local community/society. The submission requires demonstrated evidence of initiative and the…

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Drug Education Resources

Drug education and prevention remains a challenging area of the school curriculum; beyond programmes such as Walk Tall it can be a delicate tightrope walk between what can sometimes appear as scare tactics (drugs = death) to an information based approach (here are the facts = make an informed choice). Few would argue against the premise that we should equip each generation with the skills, knowledge and resilience to make…

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