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Are you ready for the Bebras Challenge?

The Bebras Computing Challenge is back again this year and will take place between November 5th and 16th. 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 8-18 years by allowing them to solve…

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CoderDojo’s DojoCon 2018

CoderDojo Global Conference – Kilkenny Oct 19-21 DojoCon, the annual global conference for the CoderDojo community is fast approaching, October 19th – 21st in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. DojoCon is the must-attend networking event for anyone interested in coding, where ideas from CoderDojo volunteers and industry leaders are shared through keynote talks, workshops and more, with attendees. However, it’s not just for the initiated, conference registration is open to… Primary…

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Upskill this Autumn with TeachNet CPD

For Autumn 2018, 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 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…

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Blended Learning – Now a real consideration for many educators

Blended Learning is gaining traction in many educational sectors. The OECD recent publication, Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments, includes blended learning as one of a number of innovative pedagogies. There is a growing interest in designing learning experiences where there is a mix of online and face-to-face learning. The following video provides a nice overview of what blended learning can look like. However, there is no one blend and…

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Adobe Spark

Microsoft’s Photostory 3 was a great tool for digital storytelling in many classrooms around the globe. When Microsoft withdrew support for Photostory a number of years ago I like many colleagues were disappointed. Having discovered Adobe Spark during the summer, I think I have finally found a very suitable replacement that has great potential as an ICT tool for use in the classroom. Adobe Spark has three different components: Spark Page (create…

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Coding resources are Evolving

On Friday the 8th of June the 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan was published. The plan sets out a road map for the next twelve months. There are over 80 actions outlined in this action plan and one of these relates to Coding in the wider Primary Curriculum. Action Number 1.2 states that four sub-actions will take place during 2018. ● Publish examples of schools’ working with coding – phase…

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Coding Applications for Younger Pupils

To date we have used Scratch in our school to develop children’s coding skills. However, while this is a fantastic application, it is more suited to the older primary school pupil. We recently looked at a range of free, web based applications that can help to develop coding and programming skills throughout the primary school but that are particularly useful for the younger student. The following 5 applications have proved…

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Summer CPD Special – Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

Summer Special: Buy One Course And Get One Free… For a limited time, TeachNet are offering two courses for the price of one on any of our five EPV day approved online courses.  It’s that simple, pay for one course and get a second free, for you or a colleague/friend. To avail of this offer, enrol at www.teachnet.ie/courses/enrol/ for your preferred course before July 1st 2018 and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or…

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Let’s learn from this research!

Normally my blog contribution for the TeachNet community is based on a new or interesting ICT resource that I think should be highlighted as a possible teaching resource to help further integrate ICT into the daily teaching and learning in our classrooms. This time however I’m going off-script to look at some recent research, carried out by Microsoft, on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) gender issues. Microsoft commissioned this…

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Battle in the Cloud – What productivity suite is best for Education?

I (And other contributors) have written at length previously here about the undeniable benefits of cloud based tools and applications in the classroom. Granted, these have been primarily based on Office 365 but Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity suite isn’t the only game in town, In fact, Google’s G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Education) was the ground breaker, launching its online office suite back in 2006. Jump forward twelve years on and the…

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