CJ Fallon teams up with The Maths Tutor

Over the last number of years, education publishers have become more diverse in their offerings to students and teachers alike. The initial digital version of the text book, whilst addressing the problem of weighty schoolbags, did not really add a new dimension to learning overall. However, now publishers are looking at ways they can extend their digital content making it more interactive and engaging. Our school use Text and Tests…

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Show Me the Money! – Funding on its way…

Yes, funding for ICT in education is imminent… After years of under-investment in technology in education, last week Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D, announced a fresh raft of grants for ICT infrastructure in primary and post-primary schools. Whilst long overdue but very welcome in itself, the €30 million to be rolled out shortly is only the start of the implementation of the government’s €210 Million Digital Strategy…

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The Best Things in Life Are Free! Part 3

With the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I’d use this post to conclude the walkthrough series on setting up Office 365 for Education (and for free!). That’s an email service for staff and students on their own school domain, 1TB of cloud storage per user, shared collaborative spaces (virtual staffroom/classrooms) cross-school and cross-platform, free gratis! The only possible stumbling block was setup and hence this trilogy of…

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Christmas Wishlist

If Santa delivered just one present to your school, what would it be? I’m sure lots of schools would maybe choose one of those big fancy LCD touch screen TVs that seem to be replacing Interactive Whiteboards in some schools. Others might choose a class set of iPads; some would choose something non-techie but this web site isn’t for them! Me? All I want for Christmas is a year of tech support!…

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World’s Largest Lesson – Development Education Resource

2016 has been a year of turmoil, uncertainty and divisiveness. Sometimes it’s difficult to see how we as individuals and communities can make a difference when events seem so overwhelming. Young people and children in particular without a vote or a voice can feel impotent when it comes to tackling the big issues. But now more than ever we need our youth to feel empowered to be the change makers…

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New Brick on the Block!

In February of this year (2016) I wrote about the Lego WeDo robot based learning system for Primary schools. The system includes the ever familiar Lego brick, some absolutely amazing software and a wide range of projects designed to teach scientific skills. Recently I came across a piece of technology that is completely compatible with the Lego system. The “SBrick” is an RC Receiver; it connects to a mobile phone…

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Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools – Part 2

When I stated, in mid-September, that I would promptly return with an update on how our school was progressing with the Raspberry Pi Weather Station I certainly did not expect it would take this long for the follow-up post! Often, the thief of time is procrastination. However, in this case our Pi team had been working diligently each week but was unfortunately stalled by the software set-up process. When I…

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Learning With Memrise

I was recently asked to help prepare some students for the Credit Union Inter School Quiz competition. One of the children on the team was given the job of learning all the major world capitals. No easy task but one he told me he could achieve in one week using Memrise. I hadn’t heard of it before so I had a look at it and was quite impressed with what I…

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The Best Things in Life Are Free! Part 2

Last month in my post The Best Things in Life Are Free!, I highlighted how both teachers and students can download and install the full Office Suite (For both tablet and PC) for free once their school/academic institution has a valid volume license for Office 365 or Office Professional. In fact, even in the absence of the said license they can still avail of all the online office apps and…

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Pocket size Professional Development for Christmas

As we enter the ‘crazy’ final weeks before end of the term, you think I am going to have time to engage in professional learning activities. Well this is an interesting twist on professional learning and one that has been running successfully for three years now, it is called the Twelve Apps of Christmas. It takes about 10 minutes each day and you leave with new ideas on how to…

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