Digital Media Module: Office, Paint 3D and 3D Modelling in PowerPoint and Word

This year I teach a Digital Media module to Transition Year students, I designed this module by asking Transition Year students, when they were still in 3rd year, what type of digital competencies they would like to have by the end of TY. In my school, coding is on the Junior Cycle curriculum so students wished for a break from this and to work more on regular Office programs, video…

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Wizer

 Wizer is an online resource website where teachers can create interactive worksheets for their pupils. These worksheets can contain images and video and questions can be presented in several different ways. There are many visual edits available to help make the worksheets more engaging to pupils and the library of templates is extensive. Once a worksheet has been created it can be shared with pupils in several different ways; a…

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Digital Learning Frameworks for Schools

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) published their new Digital Learning Frameworks on 14 September last. Invitations from schools to express their interest in trialling these new frameworks, 30 primary and 20 post-primary closed last Monday 2 October 2017. These new frameworks are one of the departments key supports for schools in implementing The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015 – 2020 which was first announced nearly two years ago.…

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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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Check123: A Video Encyclopedia for Schools

Check123 is a new, free service that offers 1, 2, and 3-minute videos across a variety of curricular subject areas. If you have tried to use YouTube (or a similar service) to find a classroom video then you know how difficult that can be, especially given the enormous number of videos you have to search through.  To make the process of finding educational videos easier, Check123 offers a highly curated…

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Finding the right Tool – Common Sense Education

Sometimes it feels that we’re swamped by choice when it comes to Edtech. Apparently there can be too much of a good thing! There’s so much of it available across multiple platforms that it can prove overwhelming with the result that sometimes potentially great learning technology or resources can go unnoticed or undiscovered. It’s often sometimes easier to go with what you know rather than invest time and money (and…

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Junior Cycle Short Courses – Ongoing Assessment with OneNote

A new school year and lots of opportunities to try different strategies or tweak approaches to topics. For me, the classroom-based assessment component of the Junior Cycle will be a key focus. Our school is running a junior cycle short course in Coding and Programming which I teach alongside two colleagues. This will be our first year to formally assess second year students which will be part of their overall…

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My iPad & Swift Playgrounds = Obsolete!

My iPad is an iPad 3; the battery life is still pretty good and the touch sensitive display has no dead zones. All the hardware buttons such as volume control and home button still function correctly and there are no dead pixels on the screen. It works really well and I can’t remember ever having an app crash on it! I kinda knew it was on the slippery slope to…

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Summer Courses Closing Soon…

Where did the Summer go to? We’re almost into the last week of summer courses for 2017, with all five of our EPV day approved courses closing Friday, August 25th. However, there’s time still to avail of our ongoing special offer,  Buy 1 Get 1 Free on all our online courses but for a very limited time with course enrolments ending shortly.  Simply, pay for one course and get a…

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EPV Days – TeachNet CPD Summer 2017

Just a reminder of EPV day entitlements for any of our five online courses this summer… Complete one online course and claim 3 EPV days Complete two online courses and claim 4 EPV days Complete three online courses and claim 5 EPV days See our Special Offers  page for details of our limited time “Buy One get One Free“ offer, available whether you want to complete two courses and avail of…

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