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Engineers Week 2019

Engineers Week 2019 kicks off this Saturday March 2nd and boasts another jam packed programme for primary and secondary students nationwide. Engineer’s Week, is a week long festival of events to celebrate the world of engineering in Ireland. From spaceships to ice skates, bubbles in chocolate bars, to life-saving medical treatments, engineering permeates every part of our lives. However, not enough young people think of it as a possible future…

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HTML Heroes – Internet Safety Resource for Third and Fourth Class Primary School

HTML Heroes is the latest primary school Internet Safety resource for third and fourth class. The publication of this resource by the Webwise/PDST – TIE (PDST – Technology in Education) team is timely in the light of the recent publication of CyberSafe Ireland’s survey of 8-10 year old’s use of technology, which found that over three quarters of eight year olds owned a smart device. Our own experience in school has been…

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T-REX (Teachers’ Research Exchange)

The Teaching Council have just launched an online platform for teachers and educational researchers called T-REX. T-REX stands for Teachers’ Research Exchange. Its aim is to support teachers and education researchers to converse, collaborate and connect with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The video below provides some insight into what T-REX is all about. I am particularly excited about joining the REXpert chat series for the opportunity to chat with internationally…

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Anki – Flashcard App for Language Learning

Flashcards for memorization is often welcomed by a chorus of yawns from both teachers and students alike. They can take an age to create and have a reputation of being boring, forever associated with the pains of rote learning and fact drilling. However, if used correctly they do have a useful place in the classroom as a complementary study aid particularly when it comes to language learning, helping learners to…

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Microsoft Sway

Recently I was preparing notes for a Continued Professional Development (CPD) session on Digital Storytelling and compiling as comprehensive a list as possible of tools that can be used in the classroom to create Digital Stories. PowerPoint was to close off my list and as I was running a final double check on the list I realised that I had completely overlooked Microsoft Sway and so it was added. During…

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Scratch 3.0 has arrived!

After spending months in Beta version, Scratch 3.0 has been finally released as of January 2nd  2019. It brings major changes such as support for tablets and implementation of an HTML, CSS, and JavaScript-based extension system instead of the previously used Flash.   In his blog post announcing Scratch 3.0 Mitch Resnik, leader of the MIT Media Lab wrote: Scratch has grown beyond our most optimistic expectations. There are more than 30 million registered…

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Amplifying Students’ Voice in the Classroom with FlipGrid

Flipgrid is a free online video platform that offers students a place where they can share and reflect on ideas with other students and with their teachers. Flipgrid provides the perfect space for students to take part in classroom discussions and to share their thoughts and to hear their classmates’ ideas. It is easy to use for teachers and students. Teachers post topics to initiate the conversation and students respond…

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Webwise Resources – Internet Safety Talks for Parents

The internet safety team in Webwise/PDST-TiE (Professional Development Support for Teachers – Technology in Education) have produced a set of resources for use by schools and teachers in delivering Internet Safety Talks to Parents. There are sets of resources available for both primary and post-primary schools. The resources are primarily intended for schools wishing to host internet safety evenings for their parents delivered by their own staff, thus enhancing home…

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Microsoft’s Learning Tools Adds an Extra Dimension to the MFL classroom

Microsoft have made their amazing Learning Tools application available in Word, OneNote, Outlook and the Edge browser. Even more amazing is the fact that this software is free! Previously, I have posted about the opportunities Learning Tools provides to students with learning differences, to read my previous post, click here. In a nutshell ‘Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for learners regardless of…

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Using Scratch in the Primary Classroom

Scratch 3.0 is due for release on the 2nd of January 2019. There are many teachers who are looking forward to this significant update to a great Coding resource that is very popular in Irish Primary schools. Scratch 3.0 will certainly become even more popular as this release addresses a serious problem with Scratch 2.0 and the even earlier Scratch 1.4, the fact that these two versions could not be…

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