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OneNote Learning Tools

One of the most powerful and useful tools within Office 365 is OneNote. OneNote is s a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. It is a tool that can be used by students, teachers, principals for a multitude of purposes. Whilst OneNote is bundled with the subscription based Office 365, it is also available…

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Appolearning

As an IT coordinator and Learning Support teacher in my school for the past 20 years, one of the questions that I am asked ALL of the time is…. “Do you have any software that you recommend for x….” Be it place value, reading, spelling or maths concepts… teachers and parents want to give their children practice on the skills in the classroom or at home without a lot of…

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Morph your own Avatar on Morfo

Morfo App is not specifically designed for educational settings but this application, available both for Apple and Android devices can be used to great effect in the classroom. The app itself was designed for entertainment bringing people, pets and TV personalities to life. The following post will attempt to give a ‘walkthrough’ for a teacher or student interested in integrating this resource into a unit of work in SESE History,…

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Apps For Reading

Learning to read is a long and difficult process and many pupils struggle to concentrate and stay on task when using books alone. Using a tablet offers the advantage of increasing motivation and concentration, introducing a level of variety and helping to reinforce and consolidate key aspects of the reading curriculum. There are now many apps available on both platforms that can support and consolidate our work in the teaching…

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Goodbye Google Reader

Last week, Google announced the decision to close Google Reader as part of its ‘second spring of cleaning’: We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in…

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Numeracy & Transport Ireland Journey App

There is a fantastic new application from Transport Ireland called Journey Planner. There are free iPhone, Android and web based applications. I am using the web based application to teach the pupils about transport and travel. The curricular topics covered are Numeracy, Literacy, Geography, Science and SPHE. For numeracy we discussed timetables, calendars, distances travelled and cost of the journey (this part of the web page is not yet active).…

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Our School’s Smartphone App

A couple of months ago, I decided to try and make a mobile phone app for my school.  Apps are considered quite the fashion accessory and most well-known companies have their own app to showcase their products.  For a school, I thought it would be a good idea to be able to  give parents the opportunity to see what’s going on in the school as well as give them some…

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Thinking about a tablet for yourself or your school?

Apple has led the way in the tablet market since the launch of their iPad in the USA in April 2010. It is hard to believe that the iPad has only been on the market in Ireland for just 16 months since its launch here on the 23rd July 2010. Today, a number of schools at first and second level have begun to use the Apple iPad as a tool…

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QR Codes

You may have noticed oddly shaped images such as the one to the left of this text appearing in places as wide-ranging as advertising flyers to newspapers to cereal boxes to bus-stop shelters. They are also attracting a good deal of attention for usage in educational settings. This is a QR Code (QR stands for ‘Quick Response’), and essentially a QR code is a more elaborate form of traditional barcode…

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