Informed Opinions: Teaching Students How to Recognise Fake News

It seems that we now live in a world of make believe where the line between fact and fiction are blurred. Our traditional news outlets, underpinned by journalistic standards and ethics, are being replaced by unregulated social media feeds delivered unprompted right to our screens. We now have access to a daily diet of stories with snappy “click-bait” headlines designed to hook us in at first glance as they speak…

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Digital Education Action Plan

In January the European Commission launched their Digital Education Action Plan. The plan has 3 main priorities, which are outlined below: Making better use of digital technology for teaching and learning Developing relevant digital competences and skills for the digital transformation Improving education through better data analysis and foresight The Commission recognises that there is a need to make better use of digital technology for teaching and learning and this…

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Visualisers – an (almost) complete guide

Although they’ve been tinkering around the education world for the last few years, visualisers have not had as big an impact as some of its technological rivals such as the interactive whiteboard.  In this article I’m going to try and explain what a visualiser is, how they are used in the classroom and finally, why your school would need one. I first landed my eye on a visualiser when I…

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Promethean Grants a Reprieve for ActivInspire

We have looked at different features of Promethean’s cloud based lesson creation  and presentation  toolkit ClassFlow in a number of postings here on the TeachNet blog over the last few years. A number of months ago, Promethean announced their intention to phase out their award winning ActivInspire software which hs been around for about eight years at this stage. They felt that it was based on a framework that wasn’t in keeping with…

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Battle in the Cloud – What productivity suite is best for Education?

I (And other contributors) have written at length previously here about the undeniable benefits of cloud based tools and applications in the classroom. Granted, these have been primarily based on Office 365 but Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity suite isn’t the only game in town, In fact, Google’s G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Education) was the ground breaker, launching its online office suite back in 2006. Jump forward twelve years on and the…

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CESI Conference 2018 Rescheduled

Early in February we highlighted the upcoming CESI National Conference, scheduled for March 3rd and 4th. However, Storm Emma and the Beast from the East put toll to these plans with postponement of the annual conference until a later date. Well, the CESI Executive haven’t wasted anytime and have rearranged  the Conference and TeachMeet for the coming weekend, March 9th & 10th. So good news on two fronts, firstly the…

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OneNote & GeoGebra: A Maths Made in Heaven!

This is not my first post about the merits and overall superb functionality of OneNote in the classroom context. OneNote notebooks and OneNote Class notebooks are so versatile for planning, delivering and reviewing class material. But did you know you can embed GeoGebra files into your OneNote notebooks? This post will be of particular interest to math teachers. With maths, often it is necessary to demonstrate concepts using graphing software…

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Collaborate in School with Teams

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, and apps together in one place. From the Office 365 Education homepage teachers can create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learnings communities, communicate with staff and more… Watch the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to get started with Teams in your school.   Want to know more? Check out Microsoft Teams for Education here or enrol for the free…

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The Zimmer Twins

There are lots of ways that ICT can act as a valuable Literacy resource in the classroom, from the numerous software programs on the market to the multitude of apps suitable for Tablets. Some of the Tablet apps, such as Toontastic and SockPuppets, have become firm favourites in the classroom and are used as part of a literacy lesson, often incorporated into a Station Teaching methodology. Tablet devices have made…

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Save Time with Microsoft Forms

Maybe it just me does it seem that with every academic year a teachers work life gets busier and busier? With the things on your weekly to-do list, multiply rapidly: papers to correct, notebooks to look over, Parent-teacher meetings, department planning, lesson organisation … It is for this reason that I am always looking for new ways to help me to save some time and make my life a bit…

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