SENteacher

The SENTeacher http://www.senteacher.org website is a long time favourite of mine for accessing quick, easy to use, adaptable printable resources in Literacy and Numeracy. With a renewed focus on Literacy and Numeracy in all our schools it is an opportune time to visit SENTeacher and take a look at what it offers busy teachers. While originally designed to provide cost free resources for teachers teaching pupils with special educational needs,…

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Online Summer Courses for Primary Teachers

Over the past year, schools have received additional grants for computer equipment to update the ICT infrastructure within schools.  In TeachNet, we believe that in addition to funding ICT equipment, teachers need high quality professional development to help them realise the potential of this investment.  The international research clearly indicates that quality CPD is essential in order to effectively integrate ICT into classroom settings.  This summer, TeachNet is offering 17…

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Literacy and Numeracy – Draft National Plan to Improve Levels

The findings of a report, ‘Incidental Inspections 2010′, published on the 23rd November 2010 by the Inspectorate of the DES on the outcomes of unannounced inspections in primary schools in the last year” found that over 80% of lessons were satisfactory or better. However, over 14% of English and mathematics lessons were unsatisfactory. They also found that teachers’ preparation was unsatisfactory for approximately a quarter of lessons, and that teachers’…

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Are you sitting comfortably? It’s Storytime…

The Storyline Online website, a literacy development initiative from the Screen Actors Guild of America, is a collection of short stories narrated on screen by actors (some of whom each of you will recognise, depending on your era!). The stories take between 5 and 10 minutes each to tell, and feature animations and images from their respective book illustrators. They are charming and captivating, and very educational in that subtle…

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Are you sitting comfortably? It’s Storytime…

The Storyline Online website, a literacy development initiative from the Screen Actors Guild of America, is a collection of short stories narrated on screen by actors (some of whom each of you will recognise, depending on your era!). The stories take between 5 and 10 minutes each to tell, and feature animations and images from their respective book illustrators. They are charming and captivating, and very educational in that subtle…

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Tipperary Institute ICT in Education Conference 2009

Tipperary Institute will host their 5th ICT in Education conference on Saturday 16th May 2009. This conference is targeted primarily towards Irish primary and second level teachers but all people that are interested in the adoption of technology in education are welcome. The theme of this years event will be Digital Literacy and keynote speakers will include; * Josie Frazier – Social & Educational Technologist, United Kingdom * Daithi O’Murchu…

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Challenges for Media Literacy Promotion

Report Highlights Challenges for Media Literacy Promotion in Ireland A research report issued last week by the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Centre for Social and Educational Research (CSER) has made a series of recommendations regarding the development of public policy for media literacy in Ireland. Commissioned by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) through its Media Research Bursary Scheme, and undertaken by Dr. Brian O’Neill and Dr. Cliona Barnes, the…

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Literacy Activity Builder

Literacy Activity Builder from Blackcat Software (http://www.blackcatsoftware.com) is a superb package that enables teachers to produce their own interactive curriculum resources, particularly suitable for use with an Interactive Whiteboard. The software provides nine different activity templates, including multiple-choice, gap fill, ordering, punctuation, sorting activities and word searches. Activity generation is wizard driven and there are various colourful skins that can be applied for visual impact. The finished activity can be…

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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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