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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Math made fun with IZAK 9

Over the past year, teachers in my school have been using the Izak 9 Maths resource. The hands on kit and online resources have proven to be a hit among staff and students within the school. What is Izak 9 Izak 9 takes the form of a box of 27 colourful cubes accompanied by an online support area of tasks and questions most suitable for children between the ages of…

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#BelieveInScience 2019

Science Week is back! Running from November 10th – 17th, Science Week 2019 will focus on climate action, seeking to help people understand climate change, how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change. While one person may feel unable to make a difference on their own, a collective effort to offset our carbon emissions will…

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Microsoft Presenter Coach

Over the last few years, there has been a definite shift in approaches to teaching and learning in Irish classrooms. Gone are the days of a solely teacher-led classroom environment. Instead, Irish classrooms today are a dialogic environment where student voice and engagement is central to the teaching and learning process.  With this in mind, teaching and learning strategies are student-focused and student-led. This approach is central to the new…

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Get into Maths Week 2019

Maths Week is here and already over 260,000 students across the country are already signed up. So it’s time to make sure your school gets part of the action by signing up now… Maths Week Ireland is an annual all-island festival dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of maths and numeracy among young people, parents and the wider population. From October 12th – 20th, over 400,000 people, including students (Of…

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Play your PowerPoint Slides within OneNote

Over the last few weeks, there have been lots of new additions to Microsoft apps and some Windows features. For this post, I am going to focus on a simple and welcome feature, which is the ability to now embed and move through a slide show within OneNote. Over the years I have introduced many educators and students to the powerful functionality of OneNote but I have often been asked…

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Bebras Challenge 2019

Back again for 2019, The Bebras Computing Challenge will run from November 4th – 15th and applications are now open for this year’s event… Bebras is 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. Taking place in Ireland since 2012, the Bebras Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from…

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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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Sphero SPRK+

With coding week nearly upon us again I decided to invest in some new coding hardware for our school. I had heard good reports about Sphero SPRK+ and so invested in a number of them for our school. Sphero SPRK+ is a small but rugged spherical robot capable of rolling around, changing colours, running programmes and being controlled by a smartphone or tablet. It has Programmable sensors like motor encoders,…

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ePortfolios – Which Online Platform – Part 2

In a previous post last April, I wrote about our requirements for the Platform that we might choose when undertaking a pilot on ePortfolios in the last term of the school year with our third classes. SeeSaw has been recommended by PDST – TIE (PDST – Technology in Education) in their own courses on teachercpd.ie, in In Touch articles and on ScoilNet as a very suitable platform. You may recall…

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