Shaping Ireland for Schools

The National Gallery’s “Shaping Ireland” Resource

The National Gallery of Ireland has just published a free Primary Schools Resource which responds to their current exhibition: Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art (13 April – 7 July 2019). The exhibition at the gallery explores the relationship between people and the natural world. The show includes the work of fifty artists, spanning 250 years, depicting views and environments from across the whole of the island of Ireland. This…

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Show Me the Money! – Funding on its way…

Yes, funding for ICT in education is imminent… After years of under-investment in technology in education, last week Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D, announced a fresh raft of grants for ICT infrastructure in primary and post-primary schools. Whilst long overdue but very welcome in itself, the €30 million to be rolled out shortly is only the start of the implementation of the government’s €210 Million Digital Strategy…

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“Someone Like Me” – Essay Winner Announced

In September we highlighted a new  Department of Justice and Equality sponsored competition aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating differences. On Thursday last, Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  presented 12 year old Kerry  native, Bríd Courtney with this prestigious award at a special Awards Ceremony in Farmleigh House’ Dublin. The awards were the culmination of a…

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Celebrate their Differences

 ‘Someone Like Me’ – New national primary schools essay competition With over 53,000 children under 15 years of age with disabilities in Ireland, primary schools around the country are being asked to encourage as many children as possible to get involved in the Department of Justice and Equality’s competition and celebrate the differences which make both themselves and their schoolmates unique. Brent Pope, rugby pundit author of many children’s books…

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ClassFlow – Integration with ActivInspire Version 2

Promethean has upgraded their award winning interactive whiteboard software ActivInspire to Version 2. Users of ActivInspire Version 1 cannot update to this new version of ActivInspire that has full integration with their new ClassFlow product by updating from within ActivInspire. In order to update to ActivInspire a user has to go to the Promethean Planet website and manually download the full installation package for ActivInspire Version 2. This version is…

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ClassFlow – Smartphone and Tablet Apps

In a post last month we looked at Promethean’s Cloud Based Lesson Creation and Presentation tools – ClassFlow. In many classes at primary and post-primary level, pupils are using tablet devices to enhance learning and classroom engagement. To facilitate two way communication between teachers and pupils, Promethean have developed a number of Smartphone and tablet apps that allows the teacher to engage pupils by connecting to and activating pupil devices.…

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ClassFlow – Cloud Based Lesson Creation and Presentation Tools from Promethean

All of the major technology players, Microsoft, Apple, Google etc. have been moving their technologies and software over to cloud based computing systems for the creation, storage and backup of different forms of media created on various devices – computers, laptops, netbooks, tablets and even the humble mobile phone. So it comes as no great surprise that the major interactive whiteboard technology companies such as Promethean and Smart have begun…

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Squishy Circuits!

Last week I attended the Ericsson Atlantic Corridor National Primary Science Leinster regional finals in Tallaght IT and was delighted to see such high standards of science work being displayed by all the pupils that attended. The winners of the event made electricity using lemons along with copper and zinc plates. One can find videos on YouTube to tell us how to do this, such as the one below. ​…

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