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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Bridging the Skills Gap

​”In 2009, 8,420 students sat higher-level mathematics; in 2010, it dropped to 8,390 and then last year further to 8,237. In 2010, 4,877 sat higher-level physics; last year it dropped to 4,782. In 2010, 6,298 sat higher-level chemistry; last year it dropped to 6,272. While the numbers sitting the Leaving Certificate in the last two years are almost the same, it really is worrying that there has not been a…

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World Education Games

World Education Games Many regular readers of the Teachnet Blog will be familiar with World Maths Day which is organised and facilitated by 3P Learning, the people behind Mathletics. In 2012, 3P Learning are organising the World Education Games which will be held from 6 – 8 March 2012. In addition to World Maths Day which takes place on 7 March 2012, there will also be a World Spelling Day…

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Sharing maths resources using delicious

Every teacher has accumulated a number of websites ​that they use every day for teaching different topics. At the moment I’m teaching the pupils about money. Three great websites that I find very useful to teach money in the primary setting are:  This is an award winning game for primary school pupils to learn all about using money on a day to day basis. Pupils love when they earn money…

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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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Winds of Change – Time for Skills not Points

It is only mid September and already there is significant talk of educational change in the media and specifically in the Irish Times in recent weeks. Three issues that have been to the fore are the need to reform the CAO system, the need for alternative assessment modalities at Junior and Leaving Certificateand the need to improve how we teach Mathematics and Science: All this change is taking place against…

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Mental Maths Together

Mental Maths is one of the key challenges facing teachers today. If I were to ask you to tell me what 1287 dived by 29 was, most adults would wish they had a pen and paper in front of them (or a calculator!) What doesn’t come into our heads first is trying to mentally calculate a rough idea of the answer. We should probably be seeing that 29 is quite…

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It’s revision time – travel with the Questionaut!

The Questionaut from BBC Bitesize games is a very engaging way for students to work through revision of English, Maths and Science. It is an interactive quest, very cleverly designed so that the small blue Qeustionaut (who travels in a balloon fuelled by correct answers) can only progress with the students’ help. The graphics are beautiful, the settings are fun, and most importantly, there is formative feedback with every question.…

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The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book

A compilation of projects using Web 2.0 applications in the classroom has been published by independent ICT consultant Terry Freedman. The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book features primary and secondary uses of Web 2.0 submitted by ICT teachers across the UK. It includes sections on benefits, challenges and tips on how to implement the applications. The book can be downloaded free. The link is at the bottom of this post.…

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