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SCRATCH Conference 2018

Following on from its inaugural 2017 event , the National SCRATCH Conference is back and will take place in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath on Tuesday 19th June, 9.30 – 4:30. Scratch (To those uninitiated) is a free visual drag and drop programming tool designed specifically for education by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations and then share…

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Replay in OneNote: A Gamechanger for the Classroom

OneNote for Windows 10 app has a new feature called Replay, which records the Digital Ink that is input into OneNote and creates a movie like animation that can allow the teacher to pause and play at any time during the lesson. The Replay function is very useful as it allows the teacher to elaborate on key points or highlight certain aspects of a Mathematical problem during class. Students will…

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CJ Fallon teams up with The Maths Tutor

Over the last number of years, education publishers have become more diverse in their offerings to students and teachers alike. The initial digital version of the text book, whilst addressing the problem of weighty schoolbags, did not really add a new dimension to learning overall. However, now publishers are looking at ways they can extend their digital content making it more interactive and engaging. Our school use Text and Tests…

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Maths Eyes Poster Competition 2016

Maths Eyes is a superb resource for making full use of the local environment in numeracy development and one we’ve touched on a number of times previously on this blog. However, the primary purpose of this post is to highlight the rapidly approaching closing date for this year’s Maths Eyes Poster Competition, Friday November 25th so time’s tight to get those Maths Eyes out and get snapping… Maths Eyes has…

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Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math is a Mathematics story based resource for parents and children that is aimed to foster parent/child interactions around Mathematics in the home. The resource has been developed by the Bedtime Math Foundation (a non profit making organisation funded by private donations) founded by Laura Bilodeau Overdeck. Laura aims to make Maths as playful for today’s children as it was for her when she was a child. In her…

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Maths Counts 2015

       This year’s Maths Counts conference will be taking place at University College Dublin on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of April.  A wide range of practical presentations will be offered by teachers from Who is the best penalty scorer? (Equivalent fractions to the rescue) to Walking the talk : Generating and interpreting graphs using a motion sensor. The presentations arise from teachers’ participation in a professional…

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Mission V

My class have been given a great opportunity to participate in the re-launched Mission V project. Mission V was previously run during the 2011-2012 school year.  Mission V provides the opportunity for primary pupils to learn through a game based environment. The pupils will be empowered to learn programming skills in a highly creative environment. Instead of pupils being users of ICT (using social media, playing games, etc.) they will…

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Great Expectations

Last week saw the publication of the OFSTED report “The most able students: are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools?” .  It concluded that bright students in the UK were being failed by those secondary schools who chose not to stream students early according to ability.  The report showed that two-thirds of previously high-attaining primary school pupils attending non-selective secondary schools did not translate…

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Free Maths Games Website

As a teacher with a particular interest in mathematics I am always on the lookout for fun and easy to use websites which can back up and re-enforce both teaching and learning in my classroom. Last year as a school we invested a lot of money into setting up the whole school on Mathletics which was a superb site that allowed us to monitor the progress of each child in…

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3P Learning Release Mathletics App for Tablets

As this is the beginning of Math Week Ireland 2012, I feel a Mathematics related posting is opportune. Our school has been using 3P Learning’s Mathletics online programme for four to five years now. This is a flash based online subscription based programme sold in Ireland by CJ Fallon. Each subscribed pupil has his/her own individual username and password to access the programme whereby they can engage with with interactive…

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