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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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Collaborate in School with Teams

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, and apps together in one place. From the Office 365 Education homepage teachers can create collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learnings communities, communicate with staff and more… Watch the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to get started with Teams in your school.   Want to know more? Check out Microsoft Teams for Education here or enrol for the free…

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Save Time with Microsoft Forms

Maybe it just me does it seem that with every academic year a teachers work life gets busier and busier? With the things on your weekly to-do list, multiply rapidly: papers to correct, notebooks to look over, Parent-teacher meetings, department planning, lesson organisation … It is for this reason that I am always looking for new ways to help me to save some time and make my life a bit…

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Up Skill this Spring with TeachNet CPD

To help you and your school effectively deliver digital learning in the classroom, TeachNet is currently enrolling for its Spring Course Programme, with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using digital technologies creatively.…

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Take the Bebras Challenge this Week

Today marks the start of the 2017 Bebras Challenge, taking place from 6th – 17th November, the Bebras Computing Challenge s 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. Over the next fortnight you can register your class for free and schedule a test at any time. The tests/challenges are made up of…

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Scratch National Competition 2018

TeachNet blog followers will be well familiar with our advocacy of coding in schools, and synonymous with same is Scratch. Previously, we’ve looked at Scratch (And its ubiquitous feline protagonist) in many guises but this time around I’d like to highlight the Scratch National Competition which is now open for entries. The competition, now in its 8th year, is supported by the ICS Foundation, Lero, IT Sligo and ITT Dublin…

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What to do if your school has an unofficial Facebook Page

One of the problems with most social media services is that anyone can set up a profile without proving that they represent the entity. Schools are no exception and it is becoming common that parents, former pupils and even staff members are taking it upon themselves to create Facebook Pages, Instagram Profiles and Snapchat accounts in the name of their school, without asking permission of the school. Ultimately, doing this does not…

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Digital Media Module: Office, Paint 3D and 3D Modelling in PowerPoint and Word

This year I teach a Digital Media module to Transition Year students, I designed this module by asking Transition Year students, when they were still in 3rd year, what type of digital competencies they would like to have by the end of TY. In my school, coding is on the Junior Cycle curriculum so students wished for a break from this and to work more on regular Office programs, video…

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The Educator Community – Be Part of It!

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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