New resources from Microsoft

Microsoft recently released a series of video tutorials aimed at beginner coders who are interested in learning Python. There are 44 videos in this series and all of them are available through YouTube. The videos are co-presented by Christopher Harrison and Susan Ibach; Christopher is a senior programming manager at Microsoft, and Susan is from Microsoft’s AI gaming division. Christopher acknowledges that they don’t cover everything there is to know…

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Last Call for DCU’s Hour of Code Project…

Last call out to primary schools interested in participating in DCU Institute Of Education‘s new in-school coding initiative. The closing date for Expressions of  Interest is fast approaching so complete the form now and request a school visit from a 4th Year preservice teacher to help and organise an Hour of Code 2019 activity. Students will be assigned to facilitate an Hour of Code in your school with a class…

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National Scratch Competition Launches

This year’s Scratch Competition launched last week 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 Foundation 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.…

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Need a Hand with the Hour of Code?

Has your school always wanted to explore computer coding but just didn’t know where to start? Good news…DCU’s Institute of Education, St Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra is currently offering a helping hand with Hour of Code 2019. They would like to invite your school to take part in the DCU Hour of Code project with preservice teachers who are in the final year of the B.Ed programme. Although the campus is…

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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 codeweek.eu to search for…

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Innovation in Schools – The School Excellence Fund

Recently over a 200 teachers and learners, from across primary and post-primary gathered in Athlone to showcase the work they have been engaged in as part of the Department of Education and Skills School Excellence Fund- Digital project.  This programme was launched by former Minister of Education, Richard Bruton and it involves 42 clusters of schools who are exploring innovative uses of digital technology and STEM in schools.  The clusters…

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Last Call for DCU & DreamSpace CPD

A last call out to potential participants for our two Microsoft blended courses (Face-to-face & online), ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education‘ and ‘DreamSpace STEM in the Primary Classroom’ in DCU’s Minecraft Studio & DreamSpace, Microsoft’s immersive teaching and learning experience. We have a limited number of places still available but book now to avoid disappointment… Spend 3 days in DCU’s new Minecraft Studio or Microsoft’s DreamSpace (1-3 July) followed by…

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Another Brick in the Wall

There’s a new resource coming soon for any teacher interested in STEM activities! Lego are introducing a new product, Lego Education Spike Prime to their already impressive education offerings. Each 523 piece kit includes, bricks, sensors, motors and a multi-port Hub that is programmable using a Spike app; this app is based on the very familiar Scratch coding tool. Spike Prime is aimed at 11 – 14 year old pupils,…

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Summer CPD in DreamSpace & DCU’s Minecraft Studio

For Summer 2019, TeachNet in association with Microsoft Education, are delivering two blended courses (Face-to-face & online), ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education‘ and ‘DreamSpace STEM in the Primary Classroom’. Spend 3 days in Dublin City University’s new Minecraft Studio or Microsoft’s immersive teaching and learning space, DreamSpace (1-3 July) followed by 2 days online this summer and learn how to use exciting tools to enhance learning in the primary classroom. Making…

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Upskill this Summer with TeachNet

For Summer 2019, TeachNet are offering six EPV Day Approved courses, to help you and your school embed technology into teaching and learning, including two blended (Face-to-face and online) courses, ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education’ and ‘Hacking STEM in the Primary Classroom’, developed in association with Microsoft Education and hosted in DCU St Patrick’s Campus &  DreamSpace, Microsoft’s immersive teaching and learning centre in Leopardstown. All TeachNet courses are designed and…

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