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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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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Get into Maths Week 2019

Maths Week is here and already over 260,000 students across the country are already signed up. So it’s time to make sure your school gets part of the action by signing up now… Maths Week Ireland is an annual all-island festival dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of maths and numeracy among young people, parents and the wider population. From October 12th – 20th, over 400,000 people, including students (Of…

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Bebras Challenge 2019

Back again for 2019, The Bebras Computing Challenge will run from November 4th – 15th and applications are now open for this year’s event… Bebras is an international online motivational challenge designed to get students all over the world excited about computing and computational thinking and is run in over 40 countries. Taking place in Ireland since 2012, the Bebras Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from…

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EU Code Week 2019

As mooted by Paul in his post last week, EU Code Week 2019 is just around the corner, in fact it runs from October 5th – 20th (which makes it more of a Code Fortnight in reality!) and the organisers are expecting even greater participation from schools and to exceed the 2.7 million participants last time out. Crucially, no previous coding knowledge is required, just visit codeweek.eu to search for…

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Autumn CPD from TeachNet

For Autumn 2019, 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 DCU 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. We are…

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Join the UD Community of Practice

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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