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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“Someone Like Me” – Essay Winner Announced

In September we highlighted a new  Department of Justice and Equality sponsored competition aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating differences. On Thursday last, Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  presented 12 year old Kerry  native, Bríd Courtney with this prestigious award at a special Awards Ceremony in Farmleigh House’ Dublin. The awards were the culmination of a…

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Nominate a Junior Spider

Nominations are now open for the Eircom Junior Spiders Awards 2011 ahead of this years awards ceremony in the Helix in DCU on December 13th. Now in their third year, the Junior Spiders were setup as a parallel programme to the long running Eircom Spiders, the Junior Spiders invites all primary and post primary school students and teachers from the Republic and Northern Ireland to showcase their web development skills.…

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MEDEA Awards 2011

Launched in November 2007, the annual MEDEA Awards are designed to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media  in education. The awards also recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources, recognising and rewarding different aspects of the field of media in education and its importance in a European context. This year 9 outstanding entries were selected from around Europe including…

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Nominate a Junior Spider

Nominations are now open for the Eircom Junior Spiders Awards 2011 ahead of this years awards ceremony in the Helix in DCU on December 13th. Now in their third year, the Junior Spiders were setup as a parallel programme to the long running Eircom Spiders, the Junior Spiders invites all primary and post primary school students and teachers from the Republic and Northern Ireland to showcase their web development skills.…

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Bag Yourself a Junior Spider

Following on from the very successful inaugural Eircom Junior Spiders Awards in 2009, entries are now being invited for the 2010 showcase event at the Helix DCU on December 17th. Established as a parallel programme to the long running Golden Spider Awards, the Junior Spiders invites all primary and post primary school students and teachers from the Republic or Northern Ireland to showcase their web development skills. The primary aims…

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Junior Golden Spider Awards

The 2009 Eircom Junior Golden Spider Awards are up and running and looking for nominations.  The new Irish Student Internet Awards will celebrate innovation in web development and design by students with a grand awards ceremony in Dublin on 18th December.  There are a number of categories including best concept, best web application and best website as Gaeilge. There is also a best teacher contribution (one primary and one post-primary). …

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GA Learning wins Youth Entrepreneurship Award for Maths Craze software

GA Learning, developed by Andrew Gannon and Gavin Kenna in Killinarden Community School has recently won the All Ireland Out of School Youth Entrepreneurship Award from the National Foundation Teaching Enterprise (http://nfte.ie/). GA Learning have designed and developed ‘Maths Craze’, a fun, educational  game designed for children aged 8 and upwards. It has a built in editor for teachers to create and edit maths questions for more variety. So far,…

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Kerry School Wins eTwinning Award

​Knockaclarig National School, Castleisland, Co. Kerry has been announced as a winner in its category in a European wide competition for schools involved in eTwinning. The school is twinned with a school in Sweden and the project is called ‘Make a film and share IT with friends 2.0!’ At this year’s annual eTwinning conference in Prague from 13-15 February, the European Commission announced the ten outstanding eTwinning school projects. The…

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European Award for Languages 09

​The European Award for Languages – the Language Label recognises creative and inventive ways to improve the quality of language teaching and learning.  Schools, colleges, universities, businesses and other institutions engaged in language initiatives are invited to apply. Applications should be innovative, effective and replicable. The priorities for 2009 are: · Languages for Intercultural Dialogue · Languages and Business · Language Learning and Technology   These priorities are not exclusive and…

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