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Making Connections – CESI Conference 2017

The 2017 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) will take place on Saturday 4th March at the St. Patrick’s Campus of Dublin City University. The CESI conference has always been a calendar highlight for those who are interested in integrating technology into their teaching and learning and this year promises to uphold the high standard that has been set by previous CESI events. The theme…

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Scratch as Gaeilge

Many teachers use Scratch in their classrooms these days. For those of you who don’t know what Scratch is, it is a visual programming language where users can create computer programmes by dragging and dropping “blocks” of code. It is extremely popular in Ireland with annual competitions. Scratch 2.0 is the latest version of Scratch, which runs completely online. However, one thing you might not know is that Scratch 2.0…

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BETT 17 – What were some of the highlights?

The BETT Show in London has been on the go for over 30 years now and it never ceases to amaze me how many people make the journey to see what is new in the world of ICT and education. This year there seemed to be an increased Irish presence with the announcement of funding for ICT in schools. This year’s show was notable in that it had some very…

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Get Tech Savvy this Spring with TeachNet CPD

With Spring almost upon us maybe it’s time to get to grips with technology in your classroom? To help you and your school effectively deliver Information Communications Technology (ICT)  in the classroom,   TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with five online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including our latest course designed to…

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ICT Grants – Upgrading Projectors – Part One

A previous posting on the TeachNet Blog “Show me the Money – Funding On Its Way” http://blog.teachnet.ie/show-me-the-money-ict-funding-on-its-way/ welcomed the fact that a Grants Scheme for ICT Infrastructure in Primary and Post Primary schools was announced by Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. – Minister for Education and Skills in the early days of 2017. In the Department’s own press release and circulars it is recognised that multimedia projectors are among the items that might be…

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Hey Cortana

I finally got the time during the Christmas holidays to play around with some of the new features of Windows 10 after having upgraded from Windows 7 earlier in the year. One of the features of Windows 10 that I was keen to use was Cortana. Cortana is a digital assistant similar in some respects to Siri on Apple’s iOS for iPhones, iPads and recently updated Macs. Once enabled, Microsoft’s Cortana…

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Help Parent-Teacher Communication Bloom

The desire to enhance parental engagement seems to be permeating schools more and more. Immediately after taking over as Home School Community Liaison teacher last year, I naturally enough started looking for a suitable application that our school could use to further drive parental involvement in our establishment. Some teachers have previously experimented with edmodo and many are currently using ClassDojo as a behavioural management tool. The school also posts…

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QuizPedia

Assessment is central to the process of teaching and learning. It is used to monitor the learning processes and to ascertain achievement in each area of the curriculum. In previous posts I have looked at digital applications that can be used in the assessment process and I recently came across a new tool called QuizPedia that I have started to use in the classroom. QuizPedia is an online quiz creation…

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CJ Fallon teams up with The Maths Tutor

Over the last number of years, education publishers have become more diverse in their offerings to students and teachers alike. The initial digital version of the text book, whilst addressing the problem of weighty schoolbags, did not really add a new dimension to learning overall. However, now publishers are looking at ways they can extend their digital content making it more interactive and engaging. Our school use Text and Tests…

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Show Me the Money! – Funding on its way…

Yes, funding for ICT in education is imminent… After years of under-investment in technology in education, last week Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D, announced a fresh raft of grants for ICT infrastructure in primary and post-primary schools. Whilst long overdue but very welcome in itself, the €30 million to be rolled out shortly is only the start of the implementation of the government’s €210 Million Digital Strategy…

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