Free Gifted and Talented Education Kit

Developed in 2004 by GERRIC (the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre) based in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, the Gifted and Talented Education Kit is a comprehensive and completely free CPD package for teachers available online.  It’s a must for any educator who wishes to explore the area of gifted education while gaining insight and practical strategies into how…

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Story Remix – At Last a Worthy PhotoStory Successor

PhotoStory 3 (Windows XP’s slideshow creation tool) first released in 2004 continues to hold cult status among many teachers. Photo Story was (And is) a free Windows XP program for creating video presentations from photos complete with titles, captions, sound effects, narration and background music. It’s simplicity and flexibility made Photostory an instant success with teachers and to this day is in regular classroom use, right across the curriculum. Whatever…

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TeachMeet Teachers Wowed by Learning Tools add-in for Word and OneNote

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting teachers from across Longford and Westmeath ETB at their annual TeachMeet. After their keynote presentation from Declan Coyle, author of The Green Platform, cluster groups of teachers moved from room-to-room to fifteen minute workshops or presentation. I was invited to speak about Microsoft OneNote – OneNote in 15 minutes meant I had to sit down and think of my absolute favourite features,…

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Girls who Code

Some years back I wrote a dissertation on the topic of Gender Imbalance in Computing Disciplines at 3rd level with particular reference to Institutes of Technology and the implications for Primary and Post Primary integration of IT into the curriculum in Ireland. The conclusions I drew from my literature review and research findings were as follows: The phenomena of a gender imbalance in computer science is a recognised and well…

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The State of Technology in Education Report – 2017/2018

Promethean published their first “State of Technology in Education Report” in 2016, having garnered the insights of 1,500 teachers. This gave some insights of the current technologies, educator attitudes to technology and latest trends on pedagogical use of technology in education throughout the U.K. Earlier in 2017, Promethean invited educators at all levels of education to join with them in undertaking further research to establish how the landscape with regard…

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Google’s New Mapping Features

Earlier this year Google announced two major updates to Earth and Maps. First to arrive was a brand new Google Earth experience that is web-based (not an install) and will even work on Chromebooks. With this web based version you can see and experience the world like never before. Just visit https://earth.google.com/web to get started. This latest version 9 of Google Earth puts a big focus on guided tours via…

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Global Education Conference 2017 (November 13th-16th)

Founded by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, the Global Education Conference Network (formerly the Global Education Collaborative) has grown from strength to strength since its relatively humble beginnings back in 2007 to a 22,000 plus worldwide online community of teachers, students, education innovators, organisations and stakeholders. If you’re considering linking up with a school in another country for a collaborative learning project, then this is a great place to find…

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Take the Bebras Challenge this Week

Today marks the start of the 2017 Bebras Challenge, taking place from 6th – 17th November, the Bebras Computing Challenge s an international online motivational challenge designed to get students all over the world excited about computing and computational thinking and is run in over 40 countries. Over the next fortnight you can register your class for free and schedule a test at any time. The tests/challenges are made up of…

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Scratch National Competition 2018

TeachNet blog followers will be well familiar with our advocacy of coding in schools, and synonymous with same is Scratch. Previously, we’ve looked at Scratch (And its ubiquitous feline protagonist) in many guises but this time around I’d like to highlight the Scratch National Competition which is now open for entries. The competition, now in its 8th year, is supported by the ICS Foundation, Lero, IT Sligo and ITT Dublin…

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Digital Empowerment Week

There is certainly a great deal of interest at the moment around the role of digital technologies in all sectors of education and training. One sector that is very active at present in exploring how digital technologies can enhance teaching and learning is Further Education and Training. Many ETBs are reviewing their use of digital technologies to support teaching, learning and assessment activities across their programmes and services. Many are…

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