Summer CPD in DreamSpace & DCU’s Minecraft Studio

For Summer 2019, TeachNet in association with Microsoft Education, are delivering two blended courses (Face-to-face & online), ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education‘ and ‘DreamSpace STEM in the Primary Classroom’. Spend 3 days in Dublin City University’s new Minecraft Studio or Microsoft’s immersive teaching and learning space, DreamSpace (1-3 July) followed by 2 days online this summer and learn how to use exciting tools to enhance learning in the primary classroom. Making…

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Shaping Ireland for Schools

The National Gallery’s “Shaping Ireland” Resource

The National Gallery of Ireland has just published a free Primary Schools Resource which responds to their current exhibition: Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art (13 April – 7 July 2019). The exhibition at the gallery explores the relationship between people and the natural world. The show includes the work of fifty artists, spanning 250 years, depicting views and environments from across the whole of the island of Ireland. This…

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So you want a school blog?

Setting up a school blog, thankfully, isn’t such a difficult thing to do anymore. However, the real question is whether you really want to do so! Like everything else technology-related, things move quickly. The trouble with school blogs is that they can clutter up a school website with old irrelevant information very quickly. The trick about blogging these days is that the posts need to be relevant in the long…

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Create an Interactive Web Page using Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has allowed us to save documents into different formats such as PDF for a long time but now we have a really great feature that allows you to turn any word document into an interactive Sway Web Page with ease.           This would be great to use in the classroom for students who want to turn worksheets into web pages for revision and consolidation…

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Upskill this Summer with TeachNet

For Summer 2019, TeachNet are offering six EPV Day Approved courses, to help you and your school embed technology into teaching and learning, including two blended (Face-to-face and online) courses, ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education’ and ‘Hacking STEM in the Primary Classroom’, developed in association with Microsoft Education and hosted in DCU St Patrick’s Campus &  DreamSpace, Microsoft’s immersive teaching and learning centre in Leopardstown. All TeachNet courses are designed and…

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Athlone TY Students in F1 in Schools World Finals

A six-strong team of Transition Year students from Marist College Athlone are blazing a trail to Dubai next November to represent Ireland at the “F1 in Schools” World Finals. Their team Vintius (From the Celtic God of wind) Racing, were runners-up in the national finals, held earlier this month in TU Dublin and now have the exciting prospect of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the United Arab Emirates to prepare for.…

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AgriKids – Farm Safety Education for Children

Despite the muck, or maybe because of it, farms are magical places for curious children. I’ve yet to meet a child who isn’t excited at the prospect of a visit to one of the growing number of farm experiences that are based around Ireland. But anyone from a rural background will tell you that behind the magic there are potential hazards that can cause serious injury or even death. Children…

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ePortfolios – Which Online Platform – Part 1

Many primary schools are introducing ePortfolios as a Digital Learning tool to support the formative and summative assessment practices used in the school. A number of different platforms are currently being used in primary and post primary schools including G Suite for Education/Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoolology, Mahara, Seesaw, iTunes U and Office 365’s One Note – Class Notebook. We have been researching some of these platforms to introduce an ePortfolio…

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Gaeltacht e-Hub Project Launch

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. was on Arranmore Island in County Donegal on Monday, April 1st to officially launch the Gaeltacht e-Hub Project. This innovative digital project will provide Gaeltacht post-primary students with the opportunity to access a greater range of Senior Cycle subjects online, through the medium of Irish. This three-year pilot project is based on comprehensive research completed on similar e-learning initiatives globally, where…

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Accessibility, Flexibility and Formative Assessment for the Math Classroom with OneNote for Windows 10

For this post, I have created three videos showcasing some of the more recent additions to OneNote for Windows 10. Please note, the Math button is not available in OneNote 2016. This may mean downloading or switching to the OneNote app for Windows 10. OneNote for Windows 10 is a free application available to all Windows 10 users. The features demonstrated are available to users with an Office 365 license.…

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