Blended Learning – Now a real consideration for many educators

Blended Learning is gaining traction in many educational sectors. The OECD recent publication, Teachers as Designers of Learning Environments, includes blended learning as one of a number of innovative pedagogies. There is a growing interest in designing learning experiences where there is a mix of online and face-to-face learning. The following video provides a nice overview of what blended learning can look like. However, there is no one blend and…

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New Digital Resources from T&L

Interesting resources emerging from The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is involved in a wide range of interesting projects that are exploring the role of digital technology in HE and beyond. The Forum, through their teaching and learning enhancement fund funded 11 projects in their first round of funding in…

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A Digital Journey in Europe – Erasmus+ Project

Our school is the coordinating partner for this three year Erasmus+ project involving ten schools and three universities. The three Irish schools involved, Sacred Heart SNS, Killinarden, St Mark’s SNS, Springfield and Lissigiveen NS, Killarney all have gained Digital Schools of Distinction status. The three partners from Denmark Søhusskolen, Provstegårdskolen and Højby Skole are all based in the city of Odense, with one of the schools involved in a national project…

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Educators Summit 2014 Invite

Microsoft Ireland would like to invite all educators to our annual Microsoft Ireland Educators Summit taking place on Thursday March 20th in Microsoft Ireland. This event will focus on the key issues facing educators in the primary and secondary school sector today.  During the day you will have an opportunity to plan for the future whilst listening to relevant content on topics such as assessments, innovative classroom practices, tools and…

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Irish Symposium on Game Based Learning 2013 – Call for Abstracts

“Game-based learning refers to learning activities that use a game (digital or non-digital), either as the main activity or as a stimulus for related activities. Game-based learning may also refer to learning activities which implement gaming elements (e.g. competition, challenge, reward, role-play) to facilitate learning and engagement. “ iGBL2013 EdTech Conference season is now firmly underway with the CESI Conference just around the corner and ICT in Education (May 2013)…

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All About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is in my view an excellent body to be affiliated to. As an international organisation it has many benefits for teachers. To quote from the website www.iste.org, ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. ISTE represents more than 100,000 education…

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Learning Online Podcast

 Your browser does not support the audio element. Download Podcast Interview with Leanna Archambault of Arizona State University www.leannaarchambault.com In our latest podcast Michael Hallissy is joined by Leanna Archambault, assistant professor in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, to talk about learning online. Leanna has studied and written extensively about online and blended learning scenarios in particular Teacher CPD. Some of the topics discussed include;…

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Do We Need a National Virtual Learning Environment?

I read with interest recently in the ‘Best Schools’ (PDF) supplement of the Sunday Business Post that plans are going ahead to rollout a national VLE. First mooted in ‘The Smart Schools = Smart Economy’ report in 2009, NCTE are expected to put to tender the building of such a VLE later this year. At this stage what’s envisaged is a Moodle based platform that will link all of Ireland’s…

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Avatars in Language Learning? Try VOKI

Avatars are very much in vogue at this season. I have been using an an avatar generator called VOKI recently, having seen it’s use mentioned in this Teachers TV video. After login, the user takes three steps to creating a voki: 1. choose an avatar from a variety of human and animal forms, customise it and its background – this is the fun and engaging part 2. add a speaking…

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