STEPS Engineers Week 2020

This year’s Engineers Week runs from Saturday February 29th to March 6th and aims to surpass 2019’s event reach, when more than 800 activities were organised countrywide with over 99,000 participants. Now in its 14th year, Engineers’ Week 2020 already boasts an extensive (and evolving) programme for primary and secondary students and STEPS are currently calling on schools, businesses, third-level institutions, libraries, outreach organisations, local authorities and other organisers, to…

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Safer Internet Day 2020 – Together for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day 2020 is just around the corner, Tuesday next, February 11th. Now in it’s 17th year Safer Internet Day (SID) started out as an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. From cyberbullying to social media, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. This year’s event continues with…

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BETT 2020 – The Future of Work and its Implication for Education

The annual pilgrimage to the BETT Show took place last week for many Irish educators and it was great to meet so many people involved in digital learning at the event.  This year saw a new layout and design and it certainly seemed more manageable and we had more space to move around.  As always there was lots to see and hear at the event.  While there was no major…

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Online Homework activities to improve assessment and student engagement

Our school has used a number of online resources over the past few years in order to make homework more streamlined, accessible and interesting for students. Some of these Apps include spellingCity, Mathletics and ReadingEggspress. ReadingEggspress is a fantastic resource for tailoring learning activities, reading tasks, vocabulary quizzes and assignments to suit the Lexile level of different students. It features numerous, interactive and engaging games and features. Students can access…

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Supporting a Literacy lesson with Digital resources

During a Face-to-Face ICT course in the early days of July 2019 an engaging debate grew out of comments I had made in an earlier presentation. I had been speaking about how digital resources could support a wide range of curriculum subjects and individual lessons and had shown a resource that I had used to support a poetry lesson in a 5th & 6th class. This was a short, animated…

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ESB Science Blast is Back

Fresh from the inaugural Science Blast in 2019 when over 12,000 primary children North and South participated, ESB Science Blast is back for 2020 and aims to significantly increase participation among 8-12 year olds by hosting new and improved shows and workshops, that will engage your entire class with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) interactively… What is Science Blast? Science is everywhere and ESB Science Blast encourages children to…

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Getting started with Book Creator

Book Creator offers users the opportunity to create simple digital books online.  By their very nature, the task of creating digital books is often one that students derive a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment from. BookCreator is suitable for use in many subject areas. Some ideas may be for students to create recipe books, comic books, portfolios, simple stories or even instruction manuals. This is an incredibly useful addition to…

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Seesaw: An Online Digital Portfolio

  Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to create, capture and share what they’re learning at school. They can choose to share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world. See saw is available as an app (both Android or iOS) and also as a website at https://web.seesaw.me/ It is currently used in over 200,000 classrooms, 1-in-4 schools in the US, and…

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ACM SIGCSE Comes to Ireland…

The latest ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) SIGCSE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) chapter, SIGCSEire,  was officially launched this week  in the UCD School of Computer Science. The ACM was founded in 1947 and is the world’s largest scientific and education computing society with nearly 100,000 members.  was founded in 1970 and has nearly 3,000 members. SIGCSE is the third largest and second oldest of nearly 40 ACM…

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Windows 10 (Build 1903) Connected to Promethean Interactive Whiteboard Crashing – Part 2

In a previous posting we looked at Promethean’s solution to computers with Windows 10 when connected to a Promethean AB100, AB300 or AB500 series interactive whiteboard crashing following a recent update which has installed Build 1903. We currently have 10 of these AB378 (AB300 series with 78″ ActivBoard) interactive whiteboards in use everyday  mostly in mainstream classrooms. To date I have installed Promethean’s recommended solution on six of these interactive…

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