Symmetry School

I seldom get the opportunity to write about an IT topic that is rooted in the Revised Primary School Curriculum and I have never had the opportunity to write about an IT topic that can be presented to a class in its entirety “as Gaeilge”! Therefore I was delighted to get an invite to review a wonderful educational app called Symmetry School. Symmetry School is the first app in a…

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New Audio Series for Leaving Cert Irish Students

Scrúdú Béil na hArdteiste is a new 4 part radio & podcast series for Leaving Cert students preparing for their Oral Irish Leaving Cert exam which will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 18 – 21 March and available on the RTÉ Radio Player or to download post broadcast. Since 2012, the percentage of marks for the oral Irish exam has increased from 25% to 40%, and the exam…

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New Audio Series for Leaving Cert Irish Students

Scrúdú Béil na hArdteiste is a new 4 part radio & podcast series for Leaving Cert students preparing for their Oral Irish Leaving Cert exam which will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 18 – 21 March and available on the RTÉ Radio Player or to download post broadcast. Since 2012, the percentage of marks for the oral Irish exam has increased from 25% to 40%, and the exam…

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Enhancing Irish with ICTs

A new book for teachers, entitled Enhancing the Learning and Teaching of Irish with ICTs / Ag cur barr feabhais ar fhoghlaim agus ar theagasc na Gaeilge le TFC was launched recently by Seán Ó Foghlú, Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills, in Dublin West Education Centre. This publication is the third and final publication of a series of books for teachers and student teachers in Irish primary schools,…

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The Irish Blog Awards are Back!

Last year Damien Mulley announced that he was ending the Irish Blog Awards just in time for me to pluck up the confidence to enter Anseo.net so I was delighted when I heard that my friends in the KLCK Bloggers’ Network decided to take it on. The Blog Awards Ireland will be  happening later this year and with so many teachers and schools blogging right now, it’s a fantastic opportunity…

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Fáilte #edchatIE – Irish debut for #edchat

​Edchat is a Twitter conversation about educational matters both general and specific. The brainchild of Americans Shelley Terrell, Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson, Edchat widely used by educators within Twitter to tag their tweets, allowing them to develop discussions. Some discussion are ongoing, some take place at agreed times among local groups who address an agreed topic. Thanks to the leadership of Irish tweeter @fboss, Monday night 8.30pm has been…

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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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Bee Bot – essential kit?

Bee-Bot is a robot shaped like a bee.  It’s a very simple but brilliant device that allows the user to move the Bee-Bot either forwards or backwards and either turn left or right.  It’s best used with a Bee-Bot grid – either a template or a see-through blank.  You can see a video of it in action by following this link. In the above example, I had scattered a number…

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