Help Parent-Teacher Communication Bloom

The desire to enhance parental engagement seems to be permeating schools more and more. Immediately after taking over as Home School Community Liaison teacher last year, I naturally enough started looking for a suitable application that our school could use to further drive parental involvement in our establishment. Some teachers have previously experimented with edmodo and many are currently using ClassDojo as a behavioural management tool. The school also posts…

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Pocket size Professional Development for Christmas

As we enter the ‘crazy’ final weeks before end of the term, you think I am going to have time to engage in professional learning activities. Well this is an interesting twist on professional learning and one that has been running successfully for three years now, it is called the Twelve Apps of Christmas. It takes about 10 minutes each day and you leave with new ideas on how to…

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BYOR not BYOB! DIY Robots

Subscribers to the TeachNet blog may remember some of my previous posts on code; To Code or Not to Code?, Cracking the Code & it’s creatively titled sequel Cracking the Code…Again?, all reflecting an the ever burgeoning curiosity among teachers and students around computer programming and becoming code literate. Be it the introductory Hour of Code Week, putting the Scratch Cat through his paces or building a Raspberry Pi Weather…

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ClassFlow – Smartphone and Tablet Apps

In a post last month we looked at Promethean’s Cloud Based Lesson Creation and Presentation tools – ClassFlow. In many classes at primary and post-primary level, pupils are using tablet devices to enhance learning and classroom engagement. To facilitate two way communication between teachers and pupils, Promethean have developed a number of Smartphone and tablet apps that allows the teacher to engage pupils by connecting to and activating pupil devices.…

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Docs and Sheets Add-ons

Last month Google unveiled a new development for Google Drive (Google’s web-based office suite) called Add-ons. Essentially this introduces an app store for Google Drive, although it is only in place for Google Docs and Google Sheets at this time. Add-ons are tools created by third-party developers that greatly expand the capabilities of Docs and Sheets. They can easily be ‘added on’ to your Google Drive account and can be…

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Khan Academy–Start Learning Now

On a recent browse through the App store a reference to the  Khan Academy app  reminded of a great TED talk (embedded below) given by the Academy’s founder Sal Khan on how it first started and as with so many great ideas how it pretty much came about by accident. Whilst many readers will already be aware of this vast and free educational video portal , for those not, let…

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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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BitStrips in Education

The latest fad, according to my Facebook timeline, seems to be Bitstrips, an app for Android, iOS and Windows devices. The premise of Bitstrips is that you can make a comic strip and add yourself and your friends to the story. My sister is addicted to it and everyday she posts up something that’s she does with her friends. It got me thinking about how it could be used very…

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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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Create your own personalised graphics

A number of people have been asking me how to make picture collages using personalised graphics. The reason I became interested in this myself is a heightened awareness of copyright law and a desire to create unique designs for our school website. Schools obviously don’t have a budget to pay for a graphic designer or indeed a web designer in the upkeep of their school website, wiki or blog. The…

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