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Bebras Challenge 2019

Back again for 2019, The Bebras Computing Challenge will run from November 4th – 15th and applications are now open for this year’s event… Bebras is an international online motivational challenge designed to get students all over the world excited about computing and computational thinking and is run in over 40 countries. Taking place in Ireland since 2012, the Bebras Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from…

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EU Code Week 2019

As mooted by Paul in his post last week, EU Code Week 2019 is just around the corner, in fact it runs from October 5th – 20th (which makes it more of a Code Fortnight in reality!) and the organisers are expecting even greater participation from schools and to exceed the 2.7 million participants last time out. Crucially, no previous coding knowledge is required, just visit to search for…

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Irish Led VET Project Shortlisted for European Skills Week Award

The Erasmus + project Skills4Work, coordinated by H2 Learning partnering with City of Dublin ETB and four other European partners has been shortlisted for  a prestigious European Skills Week Award. To assist in winning the award we’re asking readers to vote now for the  Skills4Work project @  before Tuesday, October 15th. Skills4Work is a learning model for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector developed in Ireland, Northern Ireland,…

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Sphero SPRK+

With coding week nearly upon us again I decided to invest in some new coding hardware for our school. I had heard good reports about Sphero SPRK+ and so invested in a number of them for our school. Sphero SPRK+ is a small but rugged spherical robot capable of rolling around, changing colours, running programmes and being controlled by a smartphone or tablet. It has Programmable sensors like motor encoders,…

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Autumn CPD from TeachNet

For Autumn 2019, TeachNet are offering four online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s DCU and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet courses are created “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively in the classroom. We are…

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ePortfolios – Which Online Platform – Part 2

In a previous post last April, I wrote about our requirements for the Platform that we might choose when undertaking a pilot on ePortfolios in the last term of the school year with our third classes. SeeSaw has been recommended by PDST – TIE (PDST – Technology in Education) in their own courses on, in In Touch articles and on ScoilNet as a very suitable platform. You may recall…

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Updates to Microsoft Teams that make a difference

Updates to Microsoft Teams that make a difference   The assignments tab in Microsoft Teams The Assignments tab built into teams shows teachers what assignments are in draft or published, graded or ungraded. Students and teachers can stay on task, fully aware of deadlines and motivated to achieve more.   Student View This feature is amazing, letting teachers see how students view the assignments that they have created.   Close dates…

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Join the UD Community of Practice

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design and H2 Learning are creating a new Community of Practice for teachers interested in Universal Design. Are you a post-primary or further education teacher curious about Universal Design and ready to bring your students on a journey of discovery and exploration? Then this community of practice should be the perfect fit… What is Universal Design? Universal Design is the design and composition of…

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Microsoft Learning Tools

With the start of the new academic year I thought it would be beneficial to highlight a very effective resource for inclusion in the daily teaching and learning routine of the classroom. Microsoft Learning Tools is a free online resource to help pupils who are struggling with their reading and Immersive Reader is the feature that I will now take a look at. Our starting point is Office 365 online…

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Using ClassDojo for ePortfolios

Many of us are familiar with ClassDojo. As a tool that can be easily used to promote and record behaviour in our classrooms. Our school are currently exploring the different types of digital resources available that could be used as ePortfolios. In doing so we have stumbled upon the ePortfolio feature in ClassDojo. And have found it to be easy to use and very effective. In addition to this ClassDojo…

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