Get to Grips with Technology!

Struggling to get to grips with technology in your classroom? Why not sign-up for one of TeachNet’s online CPD courses this Spring… For Spring 2019, we are offering four online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective integration of digital tools into teaching and learning. Our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, are developed by…

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Virtual Reality in the classroom, A Tallaght Project.

By now, Virtual reality is a term we have become well accustomed to. Virtual reality is in the media and is used frequently in gaming applications. An exciting new project however is taking place in classrooms across the west of Dublin. A group of schools have come together as part of the Digital Clusters Project to collectively delve into the world of virtual reality education. St. Marks SNS, St. Anne’s…

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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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CESI Conference 2019

“Creativity, Collaboration, and Computers: Practitioner Perspectives” The Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI)​ will host its annual conference on March 1st and 2nd, 2019, in Athlone. The CESI Conference has long been the calendar highlight for Irish educators interested in digital learning and this years event promises to be another must-see. The theme for this year’s conference is Creativity, Collaboration, and Computers: Practitioner Perspectives, highlighting the creative and collaborative…

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START Competition 2019

Every year the world celebrates International Clinical Trials Day on May 20th. This event marks the anniversary of the first well-documented randomised clinical trial which took place in 1747 in the British Navy. To mark this event The Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) are inviting primary pupils from 4th to 6th class to engage in an exciting project and create their very own fun randomised clinical…

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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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Webwise Resources – Internet Safety Talks for Parents

The internet safety team in Webwise/PDST-TiE (Professional Development Support for Teachers – Technology in Education) have produced a set of resources for use by schools and teachers in delivering Internet Safety Talks to Parents. There are sets of resources available for both primary and post-primary schools. The resources are primarily intended for schools wishing to host internet safety evenings for their parents delivered by their own staff, thus enhancing home…

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Microsoft’s Learning Tools Adds an Extra Dimension to the MFL classroom

Microsoft have made their amazing Learning Tools application available in Word, OneNote, Outlook and the Edge browser. Even more amazing is the fact that this software is free! Previously, I have posted about the opportunities Learning Tools provides to students with learning differences, to read my previous post, click here. In a nutshell ‘Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for learners regardless of…

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Using Scratch in the Primary Classroom

Scratch 3.0 is due for release on the 2nd of January 2019. There are many teachers who are looking forward to this significant update to a great Coding resource that is very popular in Irish Primary schools. Scratch 3.0 will certainly become even more popular as this release addresses a serious problem with Scratch 2.0 and the even earlier Scratch 1.4, the fact that these two versions could not be…

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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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