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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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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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