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ESB Science Blast is Back

Fresh from the inaugural Science Blast in 2019 when over 12,000 primary children North and South participated, ESB Science Blast is back for 2020 and aims to significantly increase participation among 8-12 year olds by hosting new and improved shows and workshops, that will engage your entire class with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) interactively… What is Science Blast? Science is everywhere and ESB Science Blast encourages children to…

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ACM SIGCSE Comes to Ireland…

The latest ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) SIGCSE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) chapter, SIGCSEire,  was officially launched this week  in the UCD School of Computer Science. The ACM was founded in 1947 and is the world’s largest scientific and education computing society with nearly 100,000 members.  was founded in 1970 and has nearly 3,000 members. SIGCSE is the third largest and second oldest of nearly 40 ACM…

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Windows 10 (Build 1903) Connected to Promethean Interactive Whiteboard Crashing – Part 2

In a previous posting we looked at Promethean’s solution to computers with Windows 10 when connected to a Promethean AB100, AB300 or AB500 series interactive whiteboard crashing following a recent update which has installed Build 1903. We currently have 10 of these AB378 (AB300 series with 78″ ActivBoard) interactive whiteboards in use everyday  mostly in mainstream classrooms. To date I have installed Promethean’s recommended solution on six of these interactive…

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Windows 10 (Build 1903) Connected to Promethean Interactive Whiteboard Crashing – Part 1

Have you a Windows 10 computer connected to a Promethean Interactive Whiteboard that is regularly crashing in recent times following the latest round of Windows Updates installing? We have had this issue on a number of Windows PC’s connected to Promethean Interactive Whiteboard as Windows update installs Build 1903 on laptops. Having had personal experience in one classroom where the laptop crashed and restarted three times in the space of…

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#HourOfCode 2019

The Hour of Code is back for 2019, December 9th – 15th… Now entering its 7th year, the Hour of Code movement continues to grow and so far has reached over 100 million students in more than 180 countries across 45 languages, and code.org, who organise the global event claim that over 800 million hours have been hosted online since 2012. What is the Hour of Code? The Hour of…

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New resources from Microsoft

Microsoft recently released a series of video tutorials aimed at beginner coders who are interested in learning Python. There are 44 videos in this series and all of them are available through YouTube. The videos are co-presented by Christopher Harrison and Susan Ibach; Christopher is a senior programming manager at Microsoft, and Susan is from Microsoft’s AI gaming division. Christopher acknowledges that they don’t cover everything there is to know…

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Math made fun with IZAK 9

Over the past year, teachers in my school have been using the Izak 9 Maths resource. The hands on kit and online resources have proven to be a hit among staff and students within the school. What is Izak 9 Izak 9 takes the form of a box of 27 colourful cubes accompanied by an online support area of tasks and questions most suitable for children between the ages of…

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#BelieveInScience 2019

Science Week is back! Running from November 10th – 17th, Science Week 2019 will focus on climate action, seeking to help people understand climate change, how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change. While one person may feel unable to make a difference on their own, a collective effort to offset our carbon emissions will…

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Last Call for DCU’s Hour of Code Project…

Last call out to primary schools interested in participating in DCU Institute Of Education‘s new in-school coding initiative. The closing date for Expressions of  Interest is fast approaching so complete the form now and request a school visit from a 4th Year preservice teacher to help and organise an Hour of Code 2019 activity. Students will be assigned to facilitate an Hour of Code in your school with a class…

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National Scratch Competition Launches

This year’s Scratch Competition launched last week to coincide with EU Code Week . Run by the ICS Foundation and supported by Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, Amazon Web Services and Science Foundation Ireland, the Scratch Competition promotes computing and software development at both primary and secondary school levels. Scratch is a visual programming language that encourages children to develop essential coding skills through fun and interactive learning.…

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