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With the return to the classroom a month or so on, I hope life at the chalk face is returning to some sort of normality for readers after the unavoidable chaos of the first few weeks. With timetables, planning, yard duty rosters and the like, done and dusted, maybe now is the time to take a fresh look at the technology at your disposal and flesh out some new ideas…

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ConneXions – French & Irish Culture meet Digital Technology

Next weekend sees a unique event, Connexions, taking place in Richmond Barracks in Dublin. ConneXions is the first forum to connect actors from culture, education and digital technology from Ireland and France and to allow them to develop new partnerships, business opportunities and innovative projects. The event kicks off in Dublin next Friday, September 29th, with a Hackathon. Teams will compete to solve of the following challenges. Challenge #1: Getting…

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Autumn CPD from TeachNet

For Autumn 2017, TeachNet are offering four online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet courses are created “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively in the classroom. The feedback…

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Fidget Spinning

My return to school had been a relatively smooth and tranquil one until I had my first stint on yard duty. Here, I was quickly reminded that the fidget spinning craze is still alive and well. I had convinced myself that, surely at this stage, it had met the same end as loom bands, dabbing, Pokémon Go and bottle flipping. Obviously, I was wrong. However, instead of letting this revelation…

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New Year New Tech

The start of the year generally means the purchasing of new equipment. The three main pieces of hardware that most schools look at are laptops, iPads and, most recently, Chromebooks. This article goes through the advantages and disadvantages of all three. Windows Laptops Strengths: Microsoft Office – Open source and online alternatives still can’t compete Flash – Flash is not dead in primary education despite what tablet people will tell…

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My iPad & Swift Playgrounds = Obsolete!

My iPad is an iPad 3; the battery life is still pretty good and the touch sensitive display has no dead zones. All the hardware buttons such as volume control and home button still function correctly and there are no dead pixels on the screen. It works really well and I can’t remember ever having an app crash on it! I kinda knew it was on the slippery slope to…

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Summer Courses Closing Soon…

Where did the Summer go to? We’re almost into the last week of summer courses for 2017, with all five of our EPV day approved courses closing Friday, August 25th. However, there’s time still to avail of our ongoing special offer,  Buy 1 Get 1 Free on all our online courses but for a very limited time with course enrolments ending shortly.  Simply, pay for one course and get a…

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EPV Days – TeachNet CPD Summer 2017

Just a reminder of EPV day entitlements for any of our five online courses this summer… Complete one online course and claim 3 EPV days Complete two online courses and claim 4 EPV days Complete three online courses and claim 5 EPV days See our Special Offers  page for details of our limited time “Buy One get One Free“ offer, available whether you want to complete two courses and avail of…

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RTE Meteorologist Checks Out Our Raspberry Pi Weather Station

Our journey with the Raspberry Pi weather station for schools has been well documented. To wrap up and celebrate our project we managed to organise a visit from Gerry Murphy, RTE meteorologist. He came into our school on the 19th of June 2017 to see the 6th class project work and to see the school’s Raspberry Pi Weather station. He had never heard of The Raspberry Pi Weather Station for…

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Facebook Live for Learning – Education DESTY

Live streaming video has taken the world by storm allowing everyone from individuals through to groups, organisations, news providers and companies to tell their story from their own perspective in real time without edits. It’s that instant share that can of course cause problems, but that’s another story. I’m far more interested in the learning opportunities it can provide, particularly for schools and even teacher training. Having used a variety…

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