European Showcase School leaders Summit

This weekend school leaders and educators from all over Europe got together to share ideas, listen to inspirational stories and discuss best practice all with the aim of enhancing teaching and learning. It started on World Teachers Day to celebrate innovative school leaders and educators across Europe and was a truly spectacular and unforgettable experience.     The three day event was hosted in #OneMicrosoftPlace and began with a Plenary…

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Ready to Go? Microsoft’s New Hybrid Upping the Education Ante

Launched with much fanfare this summer, the latest member of the ubiquitous Surface family the Surface Go is available to buy now. Aimed squarely at the Education market, this new price-conscience and ultra-light hybrid enters a fierce market with the Apple iPad and Google’s budget Chromebooks having already carved out a sizeable chunk of market share, respectively. Not to mention the plethora of sub €500 Windows 10 laptops and bargain-basement…

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Save Time with Microsoft Forms

Maybe it just me does it seem that with every academic year a teachers work life gets busier and busier? With the things on your weekly to-do list, multiply rapidly: papers to correct, notebooks to look over, Parent-teacher meetings, department planning, lesson organisation … It is for this reason that I am always looking for new ways to help me to save some time and make my life a bit…

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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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The Best Things in Life Are Free! Part 3

With the end of the year fast approaching, I thought I’d use this post to conclude the walkthrough series on setting up Office 365 for Education (and for free!). That’s an email service for staff and students on their own school domain, 1TB of cloud storage per user, shared collaborative spaces (virtual staffroom/classrooms) cross-school and cross-platform, free gratis! The only possible stumbling block was setup and hence this trilogy of…

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The ‘Interesting Ways’ Series

One of the most current and useful resources that you’ll find for ideas on how to use technology in education is the ‘Interesting Ways’ series, which is the brainchild of Tom Barrett (follow him on Twitter at @tombarrett) and which can be found on Tom’s blog at http://edte.ch/blog/interesting-ways/. The ‘Interesting Ways’ series is a fantastic resource for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most obvious is that they are really…

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Tagxedo – the next generation of wordclouds

A few months back, I published a post on the Teachnet Learning Blog entitled ‘Wordclouds in Education’, which focused primarily on Wordle. Recently a new wordcloud application has emerged, called Tagxedo. The range of options available in Tagxedo for customisation is very impressive and it has expanded upon the capabilities of wordcloud generators that have gone before it (the creator of Wordle has referred to Tagxedo as “Wordle – the…

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Word Clouds in Education

On Sunday morning last, those of you who tweet might have noticed a new hashtag appear with prominence in the twittersphere: #savewordle. Wordle, an online application (available at http://www.wordle.net) for generating ‘word clouds’, had been taken down and the founder, Jonathan Feinberg, had used the homepage of the site to appeal for “pro bono legal advice, to evaluate a trademark claim against [his] use of the word ‘Wordle’ for this…

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A 21st Century Education

There is growing debate around what education in the 21st century should look like and there is certainly a lot of dissatisfaction with the current model. This debate is predominantly taking place outside of Ireland, in the US, the UK, Australia, Singapore and in many Scandinavian countries. Organisations such as Futurelab’s 2020 project, The Metiri Group, and The Partnership for 21st Century Skills are doing some really interesting and ground…

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What Is Your Teaching Perspective?

Have you ever sat back and thought about your own teaching perspective? There is currently a move within education, predominantly in Europe and North America, towards a more constructivist view of learning and teaching. I must confess that I am a fan of this particular perspective of teaching but reading a recent article, Good Teaching: One size fits all?, by Daniel Pratt has got me thinking. Pratt has developed a…

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