New resources from Microsoft

Microsoft recently released a series of video tutorials aimed at beginner coders who are interested in learning Python. There are 44 videos in this series and all of them are available through YouTube. The videos are co-presented by Christopher Harrison and Susan Ibach; Christopher is a senior programming manager at Microsoft, and Susan is from Microsoft’s AI gaming division. Christopher acknowledges that they don’t cover everything there is to know…

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Math made fun with IZAK 9

Over the past year, teachers in my school have been using the Izak 9 Maths resource. The hands on kit and online resources have proven to be a hit among staff and students within the school. What is Izak 9 Izak 9 takes the form of a box of 27 colourful cubes accompanied by an online support area of tasks and questions most suitable for children between the ages of…

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#BelieveInScience 2019

Science Week is back! Running from November 10th – 17th, Science Week 2019 will focus on climate action, seeking to help people understand climate change, how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change. While one person may feel unable to make a difference on their own, a collective effort to offset our carbon emissions will…

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Microsoft Presenter Coach

Over the last few years, there has been a definite shift in approaches to teaching and learning in Irish classrooms. Gone are the days of a solely teacher-led classroom environment. Instead, Irish classrooms today are a dialogic environment where student voice and engagement is central to the teaching and learning process.  With this in mind, teaching and learning strategies are student-focused and student-led. This approach is central to the new…

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Last Call for DCU’s Hour of Code Project…

Last call out to primary schools interested in participating in DCU Institute Of Education‘s new in-school coding initiative. The closing date for Expressions of  Interest is fast approaching so complete the form now and request a school visit from a 4th Year preservice teacher to help and organise an Hour of Code 2019 activity. Students will be assigned to facilitate an Hour of Code in your school with a class…

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National Scratch Competition Launches

This year’s Scratch Competition launched last week to coincide with EU Code Week . Run by the ICS Foundation and supported by Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, Amazon Web Services and Science Foundation Ireland, the Scratch Competition promotes computing and software development at both primary and secondary school levels. Scratch is a visual programming language that encourages children to develop essential coding skills through fun and interactive learning.…

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Need a Hand with the Hour of Code?

Has your school always wanted to explore computer coding but just didn’t know where to start? Good news…DCU’s Institute of Education, St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra is currently offering a helping hand with Hour of Code 2019. They would like to invite your school to take part in the DCU Hour of Code project with preservice teachers who are in the final year of the B.Ed programme. Although the campus is…

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Get into Maths Week 2019

Maths Week is here and already over 260,000 students across the country are already signed up. So it’s time to make sure your school gets part of the action by signing up now… Maths Week Ireland is an annual all-island festival dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of maths and numeracy among young people, parents and the wider population. From October 12th – 20th, over 400,000 people, including students (Of…

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Play your PowerPoint Slides within OneNote

Over the last few weeks, there have been lots of new additions to Microsoft apps and some Windows features. For this post, I am going to focus on a simple and welcome feature, which is the ability to now embed and move through a slide show within OneNote. Over the years I have introduced many educators and students to the powerful functionality of OneNote but I have often been asked…

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Things I’ve Learned with Chromebooks

I was one of the speakers at Google’s Back to School event in September, the first time a primary school teacher addressed the conference. Most of the audience were primary school teachers, which was just as well! I spoke about my school’s journey with Google – the good, the bad and Google Wave. I spoke about the reasons we chose Google as our back end for all our administrative work.…

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