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Going Live with your Learners – some suggestions

Many teachers, parents and learners of all ages have discovered the world of video conferencing in recent weeks as schools have moved online. People are now openly chatting about Zoom, Teams, Google Hangouts etc. in the context of teaching ‘live’ online. For some this is working well, but for others it has not been as easy as first imagined. Teaching live online, is hard and can be a very tiring…

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A Time to Reflect and a Time to Plan

A New Reality for Formal Education We are now 5 weeks into a new reality where schools, colleges and universities are closed and learners, of all ages, are learning from home. During this time education providers have responded to this crisis by attempting to provide supports to their learners, so they can continue to learn at a distance. The challenge has been different depending on each level of our education…

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The State of Technology in Education 2019/20 – Promethean

Promethean recently released their fourth annual report on “The State of Technology in Education 2019/20” which gives insights and trends on important factors relating to edtech. Contributors to this survey included over 2,000 teachers, school principals/heads, deputy principals/heads, IT managers and support staff from primary schools, secondary schools and other educational institutions across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Technology is seen as essential in a digital world. Some concerns reported…

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Safer Internet Day 2020 – Together for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day 2020 is just around the corner, Tuesday next, February 11th. Now in it’s 17th year Safer Internet Day (SID) started out as an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. From cyberbullying to social media, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. This year’s event continues with…

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BETT 2020 – The Future of Work and its Implication for Education

The annual pilgrimage to the BETT Show took place last week for many Irish educators and it was great to meet so many people involved in digital learning at the event.  This year saw a new layout and design and it certainly seemed more manageable and we had more space to move around.  As always there was lots to see and hear at the event.  While there was no major…

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Innovation in Schools – The School Excellence Fund

Recently over a 200 teachers and learners, from across primary and post-primary gathered in Athlone to showcase the work they have been engaged in as part of the Department of Education and Skills School Excellence Fund- Digital project.  This programme was launched by former Minister of Education, Richard Bruton and it involves 42 clusters of schools who are exploring innovative uses of digital technology and STEM in schools.  The clusters…

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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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