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Time’s Ticking! EPV Courses Closing…

It’s the last week of summer courses for 2016, with all courses closing this Friday, August 26th. To mark the end of what is now our 9th year as an online course provider we’re 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…

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Teachnet CPD – 5 Courses, 1 Offer!

Special Offer:  Buy Two Courses for the Price of One This Summer, we 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 courses and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or call 01-4806208 to get the free course.…

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Inspirefest Family Fringe

Inspirefest 2016 returns to Dublin this summer with another impressive, must-see festival with leading-edge thinkers, amazing networking and investment opportunities and impactful insights into the sci-tech industry. As part of the festival, the Family Fringe will also be making a return to Merrion Square. Taking place on the morning of 2 July, from 10am to 1pm, this event will give hundreds of families the opportunity to get hands-on with and take part…

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Get to Grips with Technology in 2016

For Summer 2016, TeachNet are offering five online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Teacher Toolkit: Integrating ICT into Teaching Learning & Assessment Practices”. TeachNet’s EPV day approved courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet…

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BYOD – A Growing Trend

We are quickly becoming a hyper-connected society, and this trend for having technology at our fingertips is starting at a younger age than ever before. Smartphone ownership among children aged 5–15 is now at 50%, and adults are even more connected: 75% of UK adults own a smartphone, rising to 90% of 16–24-year-olds, while 70% of UK households have a tablet. The ever-increasing use of mobile devices by young people in…

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A Digital Journey in Europe – Erasmus+ Project

Our school is the coordinating partner for this three year Erasmus+ project involving ten schools and three universities. The three Irish schools involved, Sacred Heart SNS, Killinarden, St Mark’s SNS, Springfield and Lissigiveen NS, Killarney all have gained Digital Schools of Distinction status. The three partners from Denmark Søhusskolen, Provstegårdskolen and Højby Skole are all based in the city of Odense, with one of the schools involved in a national project…

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VTech Action Cam – Suitable for schools

As temperatures hit highs of 20 degrees around the country pupils are eager to go outdoors and have some fun. How do we continue to integrate I.C.T. tools into our outdoor lessons? As we bring children outside to explore mini-beasts and complete the orienteering course it would be fantastic to be able to record what they have done. Having a camcorder that is robust and waterproof is essential when dealing…

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Virtual Reality and Education

It’s probably every teacher’s worst nightmare: the children are plugged into virtual reality headgear and someone else is giving them their lessons while the teacher is redundantly hanging about or simply a bystander while the lesson is going on. Although the scenario is as unlikely as any virtual primary school teacher has so far proven to be, we have seen the benefits of utilising virtual learning environments such as YouTube,…

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Technology in Irish Education

I read a very interesting article recently on Silicon Republic written by the journalist John Kennedy. It was a thought-provoking article and it caught my attention because I had been involved with some of the ICT initiatives mentioned in the piece. The opening sentence of the article provides a clear synopsis for anyone who hasn’t read it yet “The constant stop-start-stop cycle of failure that defines technology in Irish education…

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