Fidget Spinning

My return to school had been a relatively smooth and tranquil one until I had my first stint on yard duty. Here, I was quickly reminded that the fidget spinning craze is still alive and well. I had convinced myself that, surely at this stage, it had met the same end as loom bands, dabbing, Pokémon Go and bottle flipping. Obviously, I was wrong. However, instead of letting this revelation…

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Junior Cycle Short Courses – Ongoing Assessment with OneNote

A new school year and lots of opportunities to try different strategies or tweak approaches to topics. For me, the classroom-based assessment component of the Junior Cycle will be a key focus. Our school is running a junior cycle short course in Coding and Programming which I teach alongside two colleagues. This will be our first year to formally assess second year students which will be part of their overall…

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New Year New Tech

The start of the year generally means the purchasing of new equipment. The three main pieces of hardware that most schools look at are laptops, iPads and, most recently, Chromebooks. This article goes through the advantages and disadvantages of all three. Windows Laptops Strengths: Microsoft Office – Open source and online alternatives still can’t compete Flash – Flash is not dead in primary education despite what tablet people will tell…

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My iPad & Swift Playgrounds = Obsolete!

My iPad is an iPad 3; the battery life is still pretty good and the touch sensitive display has no dead zones. All the hardware buttons such as volume control and home button still function correctly and there are no dead pixels on the screen. It works really well and I can’t remember ever having an app crash on it! I kinda knew it was on the slippery slope to…

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Summer Courses Closing Soon…

Where did the Summer go to? We’re almost into the last week of summer courses for 2017, with all five of our EPV day approved courses closing Friday, August 25th. However, there’s time still to avail of our ongoing special offer,  Buy 1 Get 1 Free on all our online courses but for a very limited time with course enrolments ending shortly.  Simply, pay for one course and get a…

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EPV Days – TeachNet CPD Summer 2017

Just a reminder of EPV day entitlements for any of our five online courses this summer… Complete one online course and claim 3 EPV days Complete two online courses and claim 4 EPV days Complete three online courses and claim 5 EPV days See our Special Offers  page for details of our limited time “Buy One get One Free“ offer, available whether you want to complete two courses and avail of…

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RTE Meteorologist Checks Out Our Raspberry Pi Weather Station

Our journey with the Raspberry Pi weather station for schools has been well documented. To wrap up and celebrate our project we managed to organise a visit from Gerry Murphy, RTE meteorologist. He came into our school on the 19th of June 2017 to see the 6th class project work and to see the school’s Raspberry Pi Weather station. He had never heard of The Raspberry Pi Weather Station for…

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Converting Your Old Laptop into a Chromebook

We recently got a bank of new laptops for our school as we had 10 windows xp devices that we needed to retire. I hate throwing  anything out,  so I had a think about how we could make use of them in the school. After some research I decided to give these machines a new lease of life by installing the super-fast Chromium OS (essentially the same thing as ChromeOS that…

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Have you planned to focus on anything specific next year?

So, the summer is here and as we begin to wind down for our summer holidays, I already find myself casting my gaze to the 2017-2018 academic year. Without doubt, I have made some mental memos about things I want to do next year but that’s often not quite enough. If you have ideas get them down on paper and start thinking what needs to happen to make your ideas…

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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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