Encouraging Use of IT Across the Whole School

Our school is very lucky, in that it has been very well resourced throughout the last few years. We have Interactive Whiteboards in every classroom, visualisers, a set of laptops and pride of place, our shiny new set of 12 iPads. We have received whole school training through NCTE, as well as in-house training delivered by different staff members. However, it is hard to ensure that all of our skills…

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Let’s Go Virtual!

In June of this year Kieran Kelly blogged about bringing new life back into his school’s 34 Windows XP computers by going down the road of a clean re-install. This batch of PC’s were rejuvenated and Kieran was looking forward to the new academic year and a whole lot less hassle from IT related issues. However a recent announcement about XP has probably cast a shadow over Kieran’s hopes and…

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The slowing computer and what to do?

Throughout this year I have spent many hours and days being told by teachers that their computer is slowing down and that the computer wouldn’t play CDs or DVDs and a hundred other things. As a full time teacher all of these IT problems eat away into my lunch breaks, early mornings and after school hours. Just as I was thinking that my summer months were going to be eaten…

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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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Free Online Courses to get you started

If you are new to ICT or feel you need a refresher, you should try an online course onALISON. Based in Galway, ALISON provides high-quality, easy to follow interactive multimedia courses. All courses on ALISON are accessible for free to individual learners.  All you need to do is register yourself by choosing your own name and password. You will be provided with a free learning record which keeps track of…

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