DabbledooMusic in the classroom

DabbledooMusic is a music resource that offers a wonderful range of activities and resources to teachers of all musical abilities. Wheter you are a highly confident singer or an inexperienced musician, DabbledooMusic can greatly help you when it comes to teaching music. DabbledooMusic is an interactive online resource that is easily accessible and comes jam-packed with ideas, lesson plans, fun activities and resources to suit all teachers and classes. The…

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The National Gallery’s “Shaping Ireland” Resource

The National Gallery of Ireland has just published a free Primary Schools Resource which responds to their current exhibition: Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art (13 April – 7 July 2019). The exhibition at the gallery explores the relationship between people and the natural world. The show includes the work of fifty artists, spanning 250 years, depicting views and environments from across the whole of the island of Ireland. This…

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Upskill this Summer with TeachNet

For Summer 2019, TeachNet are offering six EPV Day Approved courses, to help you and your school embed technology into teaching and learning, including two blended (Face-to-face and online) courses, ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education’ and ‘Hacking STEM in the Primary Classroom’, developed in association with Microsoft Education and hosted in DCU St Patrick’s Campus &  DreamSpace, Microsoft’s immersive teaching and learning centre in Leopardstown. All TeachNet courses are designed and…

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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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Safer Internet Day 2019: A Teacher’s Guide

Celebrate Safer Internet Day, February 5th 2019 this month with your students. This year’s theme is ‘together for a better internet’, an appropriate theme for the mission. Cultivating the conversation of Internet safety within your classroom can help encourage students to practice these behaviors outside of school as well. As teachers, we strive to protect our students and give them the best education possible. With technology playing a bigger role…

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Microsoft Sway

Recently I was preparing notes for a Continued Professional Development (CPD) session on Digital Storytelling and compiling as comprehensive a list as possible of tools that can be used in the classroom to create Digital Stories. PowerPoint was to close off my list and as I was running a final double check on the list I realised that I had completely overlooked Microsoft Sway and so it was added. During…

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CESI Conference 2019

“Creativity, Collaboration, and Computers: Practitioner Perspectives” The Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI)​ will host its annual conference on March 1st and 2nd, 2019, in Athlone. The CESI Conference has long been the calendar highlight for Irish educators interested in digital learning and this years event promises to be another must-see. The theme for this year’s conference is Creativity, Collaboration, and Computers: Practitioner Perspectives, highlighting the creative and collaborative…

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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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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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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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