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Making Connections – CESI Conference 2017

The 2017 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) will take place on Saturday 4th March at the St. Patrick’s Campus of Dublin City University. The CESI conference has always been a calendar highlight for those who are interested in integrating technology into their teaching and learning and this year promises to uphold the high standard that has been set by previous CESI events. The theme…

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“Our Digital Strategy – making IT matter”. On February 27th the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) will hold its annual conference – a long established calendar highlight for those who are interested in integrating technology into teaching and learning. This year sees the conference return to the capital where Dublin City University will be the venue. The theme for this year’s conference is “Our Digital Strategy – making…

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MOOCs on the rise in Europe

Massive Open Online Courses – What Would You Like to Learn? The New York Times christened 2012 the year of the MOOC and there was massive hype around the launch of services such as edX and Coursera around this time. However, as we near the end of 2015 the word MOOC is heard less often, so has it gone away? The short answer is no but the entire concept of…

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What future for education? Some food for thought

Hard to believe that the summer is over and that that we are almost half way through September and everyone is settling back into their routines for the year ahead.  This should be a very interesting year for Irish schools in relation to ICT, as the DES will shortly launch their much awaited Digital Strategy for Schools.  This document should have a major impact on the future of education at…

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Maths Counts 2015

       This year’s Maths Counts conference will be taking place at University College Dublin on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of April.  A wide range of practical presentations will be offered by teachers from Who is the best penalty scorer? (Equivalent fractions to the rescue) to Walking the talk : Generating and interpreting graphs using a motion sensor. The presentations arise from teachers’ participation in a professional…

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The Global Education Conference November 12th -17th 2012

International Education Week, a US government initiative, is scheduled from November 12th to 16th and to coincide with this event there are two major education conferences taking place online, the third Global Education Conference and for the first time iEARN’s Conference and Youth Summit. Running together over 5 days, sessions are scheduled around the clock to accommodate participants worldwide and take place virtually using the Blackboard Collaborate platform (formerly WIMBA/Elluminate).…

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Easy Video Conferencing with Big Marker

​Big Marker is a new free service for conducting online conferences. Having given it a look over on a friend’s recommendation, Big Marker looks like a great option for conducting online tutoring sessions, brainstorming sessions, and other online presentations. Big Marker allows you to create your choice of a private or a public online meeting room. If you make your room public anyone can join. If you make your room…

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Learning Without Frontiers – London 2011

​I recently had the opportunity to attend the ‘Learning Without Frontiers conference in London and found some really good ideas were discussed. This is a summary of what some of the guest presenters had to say. Karen Cator, Director of Educational Technology, US Department of Education – The National Education Technology Plan in the United States of America is a move to the digital learning environment. Apps provide new ways…

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Using Video Conferencing in the Classroom

After a couple of months of trying, I finally found a school willing to try out videoconferencing with me.  Using Online Meeting Rooms, a brilliant online package from http://www.onlinemeetingrooms.com, my school, Carlow Educate Together hooked up with the Athy Model School, 20km down the road for a Christmas Carol sing-off. Each school sang two Christmas carols to each other.  Our school were treated to two popular Church of Ireland carols…

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Tipperary Institute ICT in Education Conference 2009

Tipperary Institute will host their 5th ICT in Education conference on Saturday 16th May 2009. This conference is targeted primarily towards Irish primary and second level teachers but all people that are interested in the adoption of technology in education are welcome. The theme of this years event will be Digital Literacy and keynote speakers will include; * Josie Frazier – Social & Educational Technologist, United Kingdom * Daithi O’Murchu…

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