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SCRATCH Conference 2018

Following on from its inaugural 2017 event , the National SCRATCH Conference is back and will take place in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath on Tuesday 19th June, 9.30 – 4:30. Scratch (To those uninitiated) is a free visual drag and drop programming tool designed specifically for education by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and then share…

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DreamSpace Courses Now Enrolling

Teacher Courses for Summer 2018 in Microsoft’s new immersive teaching and learning experience, DreamSpace… For Summer 2018, TeachNet in association with Microsoft Education, are delighted to announce two new blended courses (Face-to-face & online), ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education and ‘Enhancing 21st Skills using Microsoft Tools’. Spend 3 days in Microsoft DreamSpace (2-4 July) followed by 2 days online this summer and learn how to use exciting tools to enhance learning in…

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Primary Education – Digital Learning Conference – NUI Maynooth, Froebel Department

The Froebel Department, Maynooth University (National University of Ireland Maynooth) together with their Erasmus+ partners are holding an Erasmus+ Multiplier Event on Friday 11 May 2018. There are still a small number of places available to book on Eventbrite at the following link – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/primary-education-the-digitaljourney-registration-43383656685. The theme of this free one day conference is Primary Education: The Digital Journey. Ten schools from Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Finland together with three Universities…

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TeachNet CPD Summer 2018

For Summer 2018, TeachNet are offering seven EPV Day Approved courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including two new blended (Face-to-face and online) courses, ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education’ and ‘Enhancing 21st Skills using Microsoft Tools’, developed in association with Microsoft Education and hosted in DreamSpace, their new immersive teaching and learning centre. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St.…

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Let’s learn from this research!

Normally my blog contribution for the TeachNet community is based on a new or interesting ICT resource that I think should be highlighted as a possible teaching resource to help further integrate ICT into the daily teaching and learning in our classrooms. This time however I’m going off-script to look at some recent research, carried out by Microsoft, on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) gender issues. Microsoft commissioned this…

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Tech Week 2018 – Get Connected!

Ireland’s national festival of technology is just around the corner, Tech Week 2018 runs from April 22nd – 28th. Now in it’s fifth year, Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland – in libraries, schools, community centres, and many other locations. These activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new…

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Digital Education Action Plan

In January the European Commission launched their Digital Education Action Plan. The plan has 3 main priorities, which are outlined below: Making better use of digital technology for teaching and learning Developing relevant digital competences and skills for the digital transformation Improving education through better data analysis and foresight The Commission recognises that there is a need to make better use of digital technology for teaching and learning and this…

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CESI 2018 Conference – Shaping Tomorrow Today

The 2018 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) will take place on Saturday 3rd March at the St. Patrick’s Campus of Dublin City University. The CESI conference has long been a calendar highlight for those who are interested in integrating technology into their teaching and learning and this year promises to uphold the high standard that has been set by previous CESI events. The theme…

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BETT 2018 – Some Highlights

Once again, many Irish educators made the journey to the BETT Show in London last week. It was great to meet many old friends and to discuss the new possibilities for teaching, learning and assessment that they witnessed at the show. This year the show was once again dominated by the big players, Microsoft, Google and Intel but there were some very interesting displays focusing on STEAM and on new…

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BYOD – more headaches than benefits?

During a “Croke Park” session on “Tablet Devices in Primary Schools” late last year, the topic of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) generated lots of discussion and debate. The arguments for and against this initiative were well reasoned and well thought out and all of the arguments will be familiar to anyone who has followed this topic both online and in the wider media. Initially there was a small bit…

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