Scratch National Competition 2018

TeachNet blog followers will be well familiar with our advocacy of coding in schools, and synonymous with same is Scratch. Previously, we’ve looked at Scratch (And its ubiquitous feline protagonist) in many guises but this time around I’d like to highlight the Scratch National Competition which is now open for entries. The competition, now in its 8th year, is supported by the ICS Foundation, Lero, IT Sligo and ITT Dublin…

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Introducing the GoPiGo

In a previous post I mentioned that our school had just taken delivery of a GoPiGo and promised to keep you posted on our journey, and just last week, the cling-wrap was removed and the exploration began. We sourced our GoPiGo base kit from ModMyPi in the UK and  this kit comes with everything you need to get started, including a robot body, motors, controls, and a power battery pack.…

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The Educator Community – Be Part of It!

With the return to the classroom a month or so on, I hope life at the chalk face is returning to some sort of normality for readers after the unavoidable chaos of the first few weeks. With timetables, planning, yard duty rosters and the like, done and dusted, maybe now is the time to take a fresh look at the technology at your disposal and flesh out some new ideas…

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BETT 17 – What were some of the highlights?

The BETT Show in London has been on the go for over 30 years now and it never ceases to amaze me how many people make the journey to see what is new in the world of ICT and education. This year there seemed to be an increased Irish presence with the announcement of funding for ICT in schools. This year’s show was notable in that it had some very…

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Inspirefest Family Fringe

Inspirefest 2016 returns to Dublin this summer with another impressive, must-see festival with leading-edge thinkers, amazing networking and investment opportunities and impactful insights into the sci-tech industry. As part of the festival, the Family Fringe will also be making a return to Merrion Square. Taking place on the morning of 2 July, from 10am to 1pm, this event will give hundreds of families the opportunity to get hands-on with and take part…

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Scratch with Shaun the Sheep

As a follow on from my post last month “To Code or Not to Code?” I’d like to share with readers a very interesting new Scratch programming competition just started over the water with the backing of Aardman Animations  publicised yesterday in the tech section of the Guardian’s  website – Aardman Animations aims to get kids coding with Shaun the Sheep contest. Bristol based Aardman are of course world renowned…

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Tynkering With Code

     Learning to code is a popular topic in educational circles these days and rightly so I think. When young people code their own apps, games, stories, or websites they have a chance to think critically, troubleshoot, problem solve, and collaborate. It’s a way to create something real that can be seen and used by lots of different people. Of course, very few teachers are proficient coders. But, we…

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Should Coding be made Compulsory in Irish Schools?

The “Make Coding Compulsory in Schools” debate has been simmering gently over the last year both in Ireland and the UK as we move towards a new definition of digital literacy. No longer is it enough that users simply “use” technology effectively, the new digital literacy calls for users to become developers of their own digital content, understanding the programming languages that operate our “must have” gadgets and drive the…

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