Safer Internet Day 2019: A Teacher’s Guide

Celebrate Safer Internet Day, February 5th 2019 this month with your students. This year’s theme is ‘together for a better internet’, an appropriate theme for the mission. Cultivating the conversation of Internet safety within your classroom can help encourage students to practice these behaviors outside of school as well. As teachers, we strive to protect our students and give them the best education possible. With technology playing a bigger role…

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Anki – Flashcard App for Language Learning

Flashcards for memorization is often welcomed by a chorus of yawns from both teachers and students alike. They can take an age to create and have a reputation of being boring, forever associated with the pains of rote learning and fact drilling. However, if used correctly they do have a useful place in the classroom as a complementary study aid particularly when it comes to language learning, helping learners to…

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Microsoft Sway

Recently I was preparing notes for a Continued Professional Development (CPD) session on Digital Storytelling and compiling as comprehensive a list as possible of tools that can be used in the classroom to create Digital Stories. PowerPoint was to close off my list and as I was running a final double check on the list I realised that I had completely overlooked Microsoft Sway and so it was added. During…

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Scratch 3.0 has arrived!

After spending months in Beta version, Scratch 3.0 has been finally released as of January 2nd  2019. It brings major changes such as support for tablets and implementation of an HTML, CSS, and JavaScript-based extension system instead of the previously used Flash.   In his blog post announcing Scratch 3.0 Mitch Resnik, leader of the MIT Media Lab wrote: Scratch has grown beyond our most optimistic expectations. There are more than 30 million registered…

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Get to Grips with Technology!

Struggling to get to grips with technology in your classroom? Why not sign-up for one of TeachNet’s online CPD courses this Spring… For Spring 2019, we are offering four online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective integration of digital tools into teaching and learning. Our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, are developed by…

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Virtual Reality in the classroom, A Tallaght Project.

By now, Virtual reality is a term we have become well accustomed to. Virtual reality is in the media and is used frequently in gaming applications. An exciting new project however is taking place in classrooms across the west of Dublin. A group of schools have come together as part of the Digital Clusters Project to collectively delve into the world of virtual reality education. St. Marks SNS, St. Anne’s…

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STEM Learning in Minecraft

The Innovating Pedagogy 2019 report: Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers was recently released by the Open University.  This is the 7th report in the Innovating Pedagogy series and this year the report highlights 10 forms of learning that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.  The report states that  “the core of learning is found not in what is defined…

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CESI Conference 2019

“Creativity, Collaboration, and Computers: Practitioner Perspectives” The Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI)​ will host its annual conference on March 1st and 2nd, 2019, in Athlone. The CESI Conference has long been the calendar highlight for Irish educators interested in digital learning and this years event promises to be another must-see. The theme for this year’s conference is Creativity, Collaboration, and Computers: Practitioner Perspectives, highlighting the creative and collaborative…

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START Competition 2019

Every year the world celebrates International Clinical Trials Day on May 20th. This event marks the anniversary of the first well-documented randomised clinical trial which took place in 1747 in the British Navy. To mark this event The Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) are inviting primary pupils from 4th to 6th class to engage in an exciting project and create their very own fun randomised clinical…

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Headsets for classrooms

What sort of headset would I recommend for classroom use? This question is an interesting one as I would have had a completely different answer 10 years ago. It just goes to show how quickly technology moves on! Most computers, laptops and mobile devices have inbuilt microphones in them, which are generally quite good, particularly for classroom use. Therefore, I would suggest that if your recording is simply for recording…

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