Finnish Lessons – ViLLE and Wilma

The ADJIE Project held a Transnational Project Meeting recently in Paimio, Finland. The programme of activities included visits to local schools – both primary and secondary. Workshops and lectures also took place in the town library and in two of the nearby universities. A couple of interesting tools that emerged during the trip include ViLLE and Wilma. ViLLE is a collaborative education platform that enables teachers to easily create virtual courses…

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Building Digital Capacity in Higher Education

Some takeaways for Primary and Post-Primary Dispelling Myths Last week, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education published its extended roadmap – A Roadmap for Enhancement in a Digital World 2015-2017 – which aims at building digital capacity in Irish higher education. This is a comprehensive document that places the challenge of developing digital capacity in higher education (HE) across the entire school system.…

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Transmedia Storytelling

Jason Ohler is an enthusiastic proponent of Digital Storytelling and Literacy. In 2005 Jason spent some time in Cork as part of a program called “Stories of Culture and Place” in association with the University of Alasks’s Geography Program. He helped pupils create stories with original artwork and then edit them into a production using a green screen (Chroma screen) environment. You can read about the process here on Jason’s…

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End of Year – A Time for Reflection

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a lunch time Visiting Scholars seminar in the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) in DCU. The NIDL consists of three units– the Open Education Unit, the Teaching Enhancement Unit and the National Digital Research Network. Their website is a very interesting place and you can sign up to follow what is going on and to participate in some of their forthcoming events.…

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Supporting Teenage Digital Creativity Young people today are often referred to as Digital Natives  or having grown up digital. However all too often many Irish teenagers don’t have sufficient opportunities to develop their digital media skills in school. Yet teenagers today use digital technology regularly outside of school mainly to consume media and to communicate using a range of social media tools. Such activity tends to be quite passive and…

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Technology and the Future–David Puttnam & Tim Hynes

The 7th Seamus Heaney Lecture Series is currently drawing to a close in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin. The 2013 series entitled ‘Imagining the Future’ has drawn on speakers across a range of disciplines – geographers, historians, writers, scientists, philosophers, media and educationalists – and examines key questions around the possibility of creating a sustainable future. The concluding lecture entitled ‘Technology and the Future’ takes place this Monday April 15th…

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Shared Professional Practice

The task of supporting teachers to integrate ICT into teaching, learning and assessment practices is as big an issue today as it ever was for Irish teachers at all levels of education. Though thousands of teachers have been “trained” many feel they are not sufficiently competent to use digital technology in their classrooms. They appear to want more help and support and as new technologies appear this task seems to…

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Going Digital this Christmas!

It’s not too long to Christmas and while the shops have been full of the spirit since September, I generally wait until as close to the end of the term to mention the “C” word in school. Here are some ideas to integrate technology in your classroom for the festive season. Christmas Carol Video Conference Host a video conference using Skype or any other application with another school.  Each school…

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Digital Signage

Last year my school invested in some Digital Signage. We bought our kit from Net Communications in Enniscorthy and took it for a test drive. In the article, I wanted to share some of the ways we’ve been using the Digital Signage and how it has added to our communication system in the school. For those who haven’t head of Digital Signage, you will definitely have seen it! Look around…

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Behaviour Management With A Little Digital Help

Class Dojo (www.classdojo.com) is a real-time behaviour management system for teachers who have an internet-enabled computer and a projector or IWB. You start by creating an account and setting up a class by typing in the names of your students. Avatars for each student are automatically generated during this process. In class, you select a student and award a positive point for behaviour such as creativity, hard work, working quietly,…

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