Using Scratch in the Primary Classroom

Scratch 3.0 is due for release on the 2nd of January 2019. There are many teachers who are looking forward to this significant update to a great Coding resource that is very popular in Irish Primary schools. Scratch 3.0 will certainly become even more popular as this release addresses a serious problem with Scratch 2.0 and the even earlier Scratch 1.4, the fact that these two versions could not be…

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Microsoft’s Futuristic Classroom

I recently took some primary school pupils to Microsoft’s headquarters in Leopardstown Dublin to take part in its futuristic new Dreamspace learning initiative. DreamSpace is an educational activity space developed in Dublin at a cost of €5m and it opened earlier this year. Microsoft runs a three-hour programme in DreamSpace for primary and Transition Year students, where the children are shown new technology, and work in teams to solve problems.…

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What Will You Create? #HourOfCode

The Hour of Code is back for 2018, December 3rd – 9th… Now entering its 6th year, the Hour of Code movement continues to grow and so far has reached over 100 million students  in more than 180 countries across 48 languages and code.org, who organise the global event claim that over 600 million hours have been hosted online since 2012. Questions anyone? Read on… What exactly is the Hour…

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ESB Science Blast 2019

  This academic year, the inaugural Science Blast will take place and equip up to 13,000 primary school students with the fundamental skills of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at a crucially early point in their academic lives. Science Blast involves an entire class investigating the science behind a straight-forward question and conducting simple experiments with items commonly found in schools or homes, before displaying their findings at an…

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Seesaw

Seesaw is a dynamic application that is simple to use and highly effective in classroom life. It is  a program that can be accessed by each of the students in your class and used to communicate, learn, share projects and create a portfolio. One of the key features of seesaw is its simple interface and easy to use tools. Students can take pictures of their work upload them and comment…

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Articulate 360 – ELearning Authoring Tool

The online learning landscape has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Learners are spoilt for choice particularly when it comes to MOOCs in terms of subject, delivery style and pace. As a result learners are more sophisticated in their taste and rightly have expectations of high production values. We know that attention spans are reducing even for video content, so if you’re delivering learning content online you will want…

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iPads or Android Tablets – what’s your flavour?

There’s an old adage to never discuss religion or politics. They should probably add “operating systems” to the list. When a school is set on the idea of buying tablets, often the next question that’s asked is which type of tablet should they get. Usually, the choice I’m given when recommending is: Android or iPad. Despite the fact that I’m not that keen on the idea of tablets as really…

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ICS’s Scratch Competition 2018 – 2019

This year’s Scratch Competition launched last month, to coincide with EU Code Week. Run by the ICS Foundation and supported by Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, Amazon Web Services and Science Fountation Ireland, the Scratch Competition promotes computing and software development at both primary and secondary school levels. Scratch is a visual programming language that encourages children to develop essential coding skills through fun and interactive learning. It…

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Become more productive with OneNote tags

Becoming More Productive with OneNote Tags OneNote provides a fantastic platform to keep all our educational content organised in one place. However, as the academic year moves along and we continue inserting all types of content into our Notebook, we may find out that locating resources quickly can become more and more difficult. This is when tags can become useful as they make organisation, categorisation and retrieval of information a…

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TELMS Project and Resources

The TELMS (Technology Enhanced Learning Mentoring) Erasmus+ Project has been running for the past two years.  The project focused on peer mentoring staff to use TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) in their learning, teaching and assessment strategies.  The TEL peer mentoring model has been developed by South Eastern Regional College (SERC), Northern Ireland over the past ten years. SERC, through the project supported  City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB),…

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