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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ESB Science Blast 2019

  This academic year, the inaugural Science Blast will take place and equip up to 13,000 primary school students with the fundamental skills of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at a crucially early point in their academic lives. Science Blast involves an entire class investigating the science behind a straight-forward question and conducting simple experiments with items commonly found in schools or homes, before displaying their findings at an…

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Seesaw

Seesaw is a dynamic application that is simple to use and highly effective in classroom life. It is  a program that can be accessed by each of the students in your class and used to communicate, learn, share projects and create a portfolio. One of the key features of seesaw is its simple interface and easy to use tools. Students can take pictures of their work upload them and comment…

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Articulate 360 – ELearning Authoring Tool

The online learning landscape has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Learners are spoilt for choice particularly when it comes to MOOCs in terms of subject, delivery style and pace. As a result learners are more sophisticated in their taste and rightly have expectations of high production values. We know that attention spans are reducing even for video content, so if you’re delivering learning content online you will want…

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ICS’s Scratch Competition 2018 – 2019

This year’s Scratch Competition launched last month, 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 Fountation 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. It…

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Become more productive with OneNote tags

Becoming More Productive with OneNote Tags OneNote provides a fantastic platform to keep all our educational content organised in one place. However, as the academic year moves along and we continue inserting all types of content into our Notebook, we may find out that locating resources quickly can become more and more difficult. This is when tags can become useful as they make organisation, categorisation and retrieval of information a…

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