So you want a school blog?

Setting up a school blog, thankfully, isn’t such a difficult thing to do anymore. However, the real question is whether you really want to do so! Like everything else technology-related, things move quickly. The trouble with school blogs is that they can clutter up a school website with old irrelevant information very quickly. The trick about blogging these days is that the posts need to be relevant in the long…

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ICT and Primary Schools

On March 4th 2019, the third installment under the Digital Strategy for Schools (2018-2019) was announced. This grant funding for the purchase of ICT infrastructure is intended to enable schools, both Primary and Post Primary, to embed the use of digital technology in teaching and learning. Since the 9th of January, 2019 the Department of Education has released 24 Whole School Evaluation (WSE) reports from Primary schools on its website.…

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BETT 2019 – Some Impressions

The 2019 BETT Show is over for another year and already the organisers are taking bookings for the January 2020 show. This year’s show was once again jam packed with companies and organisations involved in digital education.  As always there was much to see on the stands and at the various talks that were taking place all over BETT and beyond.  From speaking to colleagues there were many highlights at…

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Safer Internet Day 2019: A Teacher’s Guide

Celebrate Safer Internet Day, February 5th 2019 this month with your students. This year’s theme is ‘together for a better internet’, an appropriate theme for the mission. Cultivating the conversation of Internet safety within your classroom can help encourage students to practice these behaviors outside of school as well. As teachers, we strive to protect our students and give them the best education possible. With technology playing a bigger role…

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STEM Learning in Minecraft

The Innovating Pedagogy 2019 report: Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers was recently released by the Open University.  This is the 7th report in the Innovating Pedagogy series and this year the report highlights 10 forms of learning that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.  The report states that  “the core of learning is found not in what is defined…

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Teacher Toolkit – Part 1

Ever wonder what are the must-have free tools for the digital classroom? Well read on…Over my next few posts, I’m going list my own personal favourites, ones I regularly use in school. I’m going to start with (Good old-fashioned) installable software and move on in parts 2 & 3 to online tools and apps. Needless to say the list is not exhaustive (A Top 10 in my case for the…

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What Will You Create? #HourOfCode

The Hour of Code is back for 2018, December 3rd – 9th… Now entering its 6th year, the Hour of Code movement continues to grow and so far has reached over 100 million students  in more than 180 countries across 48 languages and code.org, who organise the global event claim that over 600 million hours have been hosted online since 2012. Questions anyone? Read on… What exactly is the Hour…

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Not an Ordinary Brick

The LEGO brand is well known around the world and many schools in Ireland already use a number of LEGO Education products such as LEGO Mindstorms and LEGO WeDo. I previously wrote a piece about LEGO WeDo back in 2016 and with the growing emphasis on STEM activities at Primary School level it’s great to see a new product coming into the education market that will support these activities. Coding…

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Minecraft in the Classroom. But Why?

Minecraft, A game designed to allow players to build worlds and play collaboratively has gained great traction in previous years for its advantages as an educational resource. So much so that Microsoft have released an educational addition of the game which comes stock piled with lessons, resources and worlds for students and teachers to use in their classrooms. Minecraft Education is being used in classrooms throughout Ireland and the world…

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Ready to Go? Microsoft’s New Hybrid Upping the Education Ante

Launched with much fanfare this summer, the latest member of the ubiquitous Surface family the Surface Go is available to buy now. Aimed squarely at the Education market, this new price-conscience and ultra-light hybrid enters a fierce market with the Apple iPad and Google’s budget Chromebooks having already carved out a sizeable chunk of market share, respectively. Not to mention the plethora of sub €500 Windows 10 laptops and bargain-basement…

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