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SCRATCH Conference 2018

Following on from its inaugural 2017 event , the National SCRATCH Conference is back and will take place in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath on Tuesday 19th June, 9.30 – 4:30. Scratch (To those uninitiated) is a free visual drag and drop programming tool designed specifically for education by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and then share…

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Tech Week 2018 – Get Connected!

Ireland’s national festival of technology is just around the corner, Tech Week 2018 runs from April 22nd – 28th. Now in it’s fifth year, Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland – in libraries, schools, community centres, and many other locations. These activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new…

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Get Into The Hour of Code 2017

With the lofty ambition of being the largest learning event in history, The Hour of Code 2017 is back and takes place next week, December 4th – 10th. Hosted by, The Hour of Code week is an opportunity for teachers and students (Ages 4 and upwards) to try computer coding and in tow have opportunities that develop the skills required to approach coding problems. Now entering its 5th year,…

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The Educator Community – Be Part of It!

With the return to the classroom a month or so on, I hope life at the chalk face is returning to some sort of normality for readers after the unavoidable chaos of the first few weeks. With timetables, planning, yard duty rosters and the like, done and dusted, maybe now is the time to take a fresh look at the technology at your disposal and flesh out some new ideas…

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Summer CPD – Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

Summer Special: Buy One Course And Get One Free For a limited time, TeachNet are offering two courses for the price of one on any of our five EPV day approved online courses. It’s that simple, pay for one course and get a second free, for you or a colleague/friend. To avail of this offer, enrol now at for your preferred course and then email or call 01-4806208 to get…

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BYOR not BYOB! DIY Robots

Subscribers to the TeachNet blog may remember some of my previous posts on code; To Code or Not to Code?, Cracking the Code & it’s creatively titled sequel Cracking the Code…Again?, all reflecting an the ever burgeoning curiosity among teachers and students around computer programming and becoming code literate. Be it the introductory Hour of Code Week, putting the Scratch Cat through his paces or building a Raspberry Pi Weather…

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MinecraftEdu is a special edition of Mojang’s  original Minecraft developed by TeacherGaming LLC in Finland in 2011. It has been used in thousands of classrooms in 40 countries all around the globe. At the heart of any  MinecraftEdu classroom  setup is the MinecraftEdu server. A separate server license is required for each classroom using MincraftEdu for pupils working collaboratively on a Minecraft project in any curriculum area. Each server license costs $41 (approx.…

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MindRising – 1916 & Mindcraft

Exploring the Rising through Minecraft MindRising Games, is a new and ambitious 1916 Digital Story-telling competition, for schools and youth groups acroos Ireland and beyond. Students are tasked to use Minecraft to tell the story of the island of Ireland, looking back to 1916 and projecting forward to 2116. The competition which launched yesterday at DCU, is a collaboration between MindRising, Microsoft and DCU Institute of Education. It aims to transform the teaching…

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