GLOBAL COLLABORATION WEEK (September 17th to 21st)

Here we are again at the beginning of another school year and already we have a virtual education conference in the offing. Starting today Global Collaboration Week begins with a great range of synchronous and asynchronous events to bring teachers, students and organisations across the globe together online to celebrate global connectivity in the classroom. Organised by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, the founders and co-chairs of the Global Education…

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Upskill this Autumn with TeachNet CPD

For Autumn 2018, TeachNet are offering four online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College DCU and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet courses are created “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively in the classroom. We…

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Adobe Spark

Microsoft’s Photostory 3 was a great tool for digital storytelling in many classrooms around the globe. When Microsoft withdrew support for Photostory a number of years ago I like many colleagues were disappointed. Having discovered Adobe Spark during the summer, I think I have finally found a very suitable replacement that has great potential as an ICT tool for use in the classroom. Adobe Spark has three different components: Spark Page (create…

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Book Your Students in to Visit Microsoft DreamSpace

Have you enrolled your students to visit Microsoft’s DreamSpace for the upcoming 2018 -2019 academic year? The days seem to be booking up fast, our school has already booked for April 2019, so don’t delay! This might be worth letting your school’s TY Coordinator know about. DreamSpace is located in Leopardstown Dublin 13 and offers a Primary School or a Transition Year Experience which will open your students up to potential…

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Coding resources are Evolving

On Friday the 8th of June the 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan was published. The plan sets out a road map for the next twelve months. There are over 80 actions outlined in this action plan and one of these relates to Coding in the wider Primary Curriculum. Action Number 1.2 states that four sub-actions will take place during 2018. ● Publish examples of schools’ working with coding – phase…

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Coding Applications for Younger Pupils

To date we have used Scratch in our school to develop children’s coding skills. However, while this is a fantastic application, it is more suited to the older primary school pupil. We recently looked at a range of free, web based applications that can help to develop coding and programming skills throughout the primary school but that are particularly useful for the younger student. The following 5 applications have proved…

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GoNoodle – Take a Brain Break

We’ve all experienced those moments in a classroom when the energy levels drop, students’ attention drifts and learning stagnates. The penny drops as the tumble weed floats by: “I’ve lost them”. It’s particularly bad in those weeks before the summer holidays when the sun typically starts to shine and energy levels for both teachers and students can plummet as the school year draws to an end. Brain breaks, brief scheduled…

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TELMS Project – Where Teachers Share Ideas and Resources

In recent days I had a discussion with a colleague who works with school leaders and we were chatting about how schools are embedding digital technologies into their practices.  The person I spoke with was lessthan convinced that schools are embedding digital technologies into their practice to support their primary work – the teaching of the curriculum.  This discussion is coming at a time when schools will be introduced to…

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Questions I’ve been asked about Chromebooks

Here are some questions I’ve been asked about Chromebooks. I am no expert but learning loads about them at the moment. Are Chromebooks easy to administer? ( I worked in IT for about 10 years, and have pretty ok knowledge of Windows Active Directory) Yes and no. If you are familiar with Active Directory, you’ll understand that 🙂 The Admin of G Suite is really well supported by Google so most things…

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OneNote in the Classroom? 8 Reasons Why…

Since that faithful afternoon when an inspiring Maths and Accounting teacher told me: “I have to show you this great app”, I have loved OneNote and use it every single day. Quickly I could see its potential for both teaching and learning, in particular, how It can adapt to your specific needs in a particular moment in time: Sometimes it is an infinite white canvas if you need to explain…

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