Get to Grips with Technology in 2016

For Summer 2016, TeachNet are offering five online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Teacher Toolkit: Integrating ICT into Teaching Learning & Assessment Practices”. TeachNet’s EPV day approved courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet…

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Summer Courses 2016

For Summer 2016, TeachNet are offering five EPV Day Approved online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including our latest course entitled “Teacher Toolkit: Integrating ICT into Teaching Learning & Assessment Practices ”. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet courses are created “by teachers, for teachers”…

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Census 2016, 2011, 1911 & 1901

On the 24th of April Census 2016 will take place in every household throughout the country. “The census is a key source of information for everyone in our country. It provides information in relation to who we are, what we do and how we live our daily lives. This in turn provides the knowledge that we all need to make decisions and plan for the future.” The Central Statistics Office…

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Immerse Yourself in Medieval Dublin!

Dublinia, the heritage and learning centre at Christ Church has long since been a must see for both locals and visitors including a top destination for many a school outing. Of course as the tour season rapidly approaches I’m sure some of you have already earmarked (if not already booked) this iconic educational exhibit. However whether Dublinia is on your itinerary this year or not, you can now experience Dublin City’s Viking and Medieval history virtually. Dublinia first…

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Big Questions about Big Screens

At the recent IPPN conference expo, it was interesting to see the number of companies selling interactive touchscreens. They are being hailed as the successor to Interactive Whiteboards and they were certainly giving the principals some food for thought. The big selling point seemed to be that with an Interactive Touchscreen, there was no need for a projector and, in some cases, a laptop or computer. With projectors breaking down over…

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Spring Online CPD 2016

A New Year and maybe a resolution to get to grips with technology in your classroom? To help you and your school effectively deliver Information Communications Technology (ICT)  in the classroom,   TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including one designed to focus…

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ClassFlow – Updated for Mobile Browsers

Over the last twelve months or so in a number of postings we have followed Promethean’s developments with ClassFlow – their cloud based lesson preparation and assessment toolkit. Readers who have been followed my  postings in November 2014, December 2014, January 2015 and June 2015 will recall that Promethean have been updating their versions of ClassFlow every few months. Well Promethean have also been listening to feedback from ClassFlow users…

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Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math is a Mathematics story based resource for parents and children that is aimed to foster parent/child interactions around Mathematics in the home. The resource has been developed by the Bedtime Math Foundation (a non profit making organisation funded by private donations) founded by Laura Bilodeau Overdeck. Laura aims to make Maths as playful for today’s children as it was for her when she was a child. In her…

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Using Quizizz for Assessment in the Primary Classroom

I recently came across a new online quiz tool “Quizizz” and quickly realised its potential as an online assessment tool for the primary classroom. Similar in ways to “Kahoot“, Quizizz provides realtime feedback to a teacher and their pupils as they engage with a series of questions on tablet devices, mobile phones, laptops or desktop PCs. Quizzes can be created from scratch or can be selected from a bank of…

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Interactive Whiteboards or Interactive Flat Screen?

After the massive investment in the interactive whiteboards from 2008-2011 in Irish primary schools it seemed that the I.W.B. was here for the long haul and that our classrooms were going to be transformed! While I am a great fan of the I.W.B. and using it as a teaching resource to enhance the teaching and learning within the classroom, I was not a fan of blowing light bulbs, buying new…

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