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The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design and H2 Learning are creating a new Community of Practice for teachers interested in Universal Design. Are you a post-primary or further education teacher curious about Universal Design and ready to bring your students on a journey of discovery and exploration? Then this community of practice should be the perfect fit… What is Universal Design? Universal Design is the design and composition of…

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Microsoft Learning Tools

With the start of the new academic year I thought it would be beneficial to highlight a very effective resource for inclusion in the daily teaching and learning routine of the classroom. Microsoft Learning Tools is a free online resource to help pupils who are struggling with their reading and Immersive Reader is the feature that I will now take a look at. Our starting point is Office 365 online…

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Innovation in Schools – The School Excellence Fund

Recently over a 200 teachers and learners, from across primary and post-primary gathered in Athlone to showcase the work they have been engaged in as part of the Department of Education and Skills School Excellence Fund- Digital project.  This programme was launched by former Minister of Education, Richard Bruton and it involves 42 clusters of schools who are exploring innovative uses of digital technology and STEM in schools.  The clusters…

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Last Call for DCU & DreamSpace CPD

A last call out to potential participants for our two Microsoft blended courses (Face-to-face & online), ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education‘ and ‘DreamSpace STEM in the Primary Classroom’ in DCU’s Minecraft Studio & DreamSpace, Microsoft’s immersive teaching and learning experience. We have a limited number of places still available but book now to avoid disappointment… Spend 3 days in DCU’s new Minecraft Studio or Microsoft’s DreamSpace (1-3 July) followed by…

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Wakelet – The New Kid in Technology Town!

Have you heard about Wakelet yet? Wakelet allows you to save, organise and share content from across the web and keep it all in one place. The web is jam packed with resources and information to support educator and student learning but it can be daunting to manage and keep track of a thought-provoking tweet, a great video tutorial, and maybe a web page that all lend themselves to a…

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Another Brick in the Wall

There’s a new resource coming soon for any teacher interested in STEM activities! Lego are introducing a new product, Lego Education Spike Prime to their already impressive education offerings. Each 523 piece kit includes, bricks, sensors, motors and a multi-port Hub that is programmable using a Spike app; this app is based on the very familiar Scratch coding tool. Spike Prime is aimed at 11 – 14 year old pupils,…

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Summer CPD in DreamSpace & DCU’s Minecraft Studio

For Summer 2019, TeachNet in association with Microsoft Education, are delivering two blended courses (Face-to-face & online), ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education‘ and ‘DreamSpace STEM in the Primary Classroom’. Spend 3 days in Dublin City University’s new Minecraft Studio or Microsoft’s immersive teaching and learning space, DreamSpace (1-3 July) followed by 2 days online this summer and learn how to use exciting tools to enhance learning in the primary classroom. Making…

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Create an Interactive Web Page using Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has allowed us to save documents into different formats such as PDF for a long time but now we have a really great feature that allows you to turn any word document into an interactive Sway Web Page with ease.           This would be great to use in the classroom for students who want to turn worksheets into web pages for revision and consolidation…

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Athlone TY Students in F1 in Schools World Finals

A six-strong team of Transition Year students from Marist College Athlone are blazing a trail to Dubai next November to represent Ireland at the “F1 in Schools” World Finals. Their team Vintius (From the Celtic God of wind) Racing, were runners-up in the national finals, held earlier this month in TU Dublin and now have the exciting prospect of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the United Arab Emirates to prepare for.…

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Gaeltacht e-Hub Project Launch

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. was on Arranmore Island in County Donegal on Monday, April 1st to officially launch the Gaeltacht e-Hub Project. This innovative digital project will provide Gaeltacht post-primary students with the opportunity to access a greater range of Senior Cycle subjects online, through the medium of Irish. This three-year pilot project is based on comprehensive research completed on similar e-learning initiatives globally, where…

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