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Ready to Go? Microsoft’s New Hybrid Upping the Education Ante

Launched with much fanfare this summer, the latest member of the ubiquitous Surface family the Surface Go is available to buy now. Aimed squarely at the Education market, this new price-conscience and ultra-light hybrid enters a fierce market with the Apple iPad and Google’s budget Chromebooks having already carved out a sizeable chunk of market share, respectively. Not to mention the plethora of sub €500 Windows 10 laptops and bargain-basement…

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Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook

Everyone seems to be agreed that teacher professional development is essential if teachers are to successfully integrate ICT into their classroom teaching.  Here is an interesting publication from Education Weekthat highlights a number of interesting projects and ideas associated with 21st century learning.  Though some may contest the notion of 21st century teaching and learning there is now widespread agreement that we need to teach in very different ways to…

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Rethinking Teacher Professional Development for the 21st Century

I am currently attending the Consortiuum of School Networking Conference (CoSN) in Washington DC and had the pleasure this morning to attend an excellent session on the future of “long-term embedded teacher professional development”.  The session was led by Will Richardson and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach who described a world where teachers build their own learning networks.  Having listened to their presentation I was in violent agreement with them on many fronts…

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A 21st Century Education

There is growing debate around what education in the 21st century should look like and there is certainly a lot of dissatisfaction with the current model. This debate is predominantly taking place outside of Ireland, in the US, the UK, Australia, Singapore and in many Scandinavian countries. Organisations such as Futurelab’s 2020 project, The Metiri Group, and The Partnership for 21st Century Skills are doing some really interesting and ground…

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21st Century Learning & Scratch

21st Century Skills – the backdrop There has been a great deal of discussion recently on the issue of 21st century learning, particularly in the US. There are a number of websites dealing with the issue of 21st century learning but my favourite is the Partnership for 21st Century (www.21stcenturyskills.org). 21st Century Learning is very opposite to an industrial model of schooling where students sit passively in their desks and…

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