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OneNote in the Classroom? 8 Reasons Why…

Since that faithful afternoon when an inspiring Maths and Accounting teacher told me: “I have to show you this great app”, I have loved OneNote and use it every single day. Quickly I could see its potential for both teaching and learning, in particular, how It can adapt to your specific needs in a particular moment in time: Sometimes it is an infinite white canvas if you need to explain…

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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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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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Battle in the Cloud – What productivity suite is best for Education?

I (And other contributors) have written at length previously here about the undeniable benefits of cloud based tools and applications in the classroom. Granted, these have been primarily based on Office 365 but Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity suite isn’t the only game in town, In fact, Google’s G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Education) was the ground breaker, launching its online office suite back in 2006. Jump forward twelve years on and the…

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Save Time with Microsoft Forms

Maybe it just me does it seem that with every academic year a teachers work life gets busier and busier? With the things on your weekly to-do list, multiply rapidly: papers to correct, notebooks to look over, Parent-teacher meetings, department planning, lesson organisation … It is for this reason that I am always looking for new ways to help me to save some time and make my life a bit…

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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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Is moving to G Suite for Education free?

A teacher in a school was asking me whether she should consider moving from Microsoft Office to G Suite for Education in order to save money. The purpose of this article is not to judge the merits of either suite of applications, as this is very much subjective. However, it interested me because, at first, it felt like a no-brainer – Microsoft Office (the software as opposed to Office 365)…

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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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Get Into The Hour of Code 2017

With the lofty ambition of being the largest learning event in history, The Hour of Code 2017 is back and takes place next week, December 4th – 10th. Hosted by code.org, The Hour of Code week is an opportunity for teachers and students (Ages 4 and upwards) to try computer coding and in tow have opportunities that develop the skills required to approach coding problems. Now entering its 5th year,…

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Girls who Code

Some years back I wrote a dissertation on the topic of Gender Imbalance in Computing Disciplines at 3rd level with particular reference to Institutes of Technology and the implications for Primary and Post Primary integration of IT into the curriculum in Ireland. The conclusions I drew from my literature review and research findings were as follows: The phenomena of a gender imbalance in computer science is a recognised and well…

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