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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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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Seasonal fun developing keyboard skills – Happy Halloween to all!

Sometimes it is good to learn in class with something seasonal. For students who need to practice their keyboarding skills, the typing games at FreeTypingGames are simple, intuitive and fun. There is enough variety to satisfy every sort of learner, and they can continue the practice as homework. As this screen shot shows, the current featured game is called “Trick or type”, and though the sound effects may become a…

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Testing with a Tarsia Twist

The Tarsia programme is a free download that enables the user to make a kinaesthetic test in which students can match up correct pairs of facts or questions with answers. The maker has control of the difficulty of the test to be generated, and there is a choice of format – triangular or rectangular jigsaw, or dominoes. Once the initial download is complete and the program is installed, there are…

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ICT Competency Standards for Teachers

​We have been involved recently in a number of teacher CPD projects in which we have introduced the UNESCO ICT Competency Standards for Teachers (ICT-CST).  We believe these to be an important step forward in teacher education in the area of ICT. In an effort to help educational policy-makers and curriculum developers identify the skills teachers need to harness technology in education, UNESCO developed the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers…

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21st Century Learning & Scratch

21st Century Skills – the backdrop There has been a great deal of discussion recently on the issue of 21st century learning, particularly in the US. There are a number of websites dealing with the issue of 21st century learning but my favourite is the Partnership for 21st Century (www.21stcenturyskills.org). 21st Century Learning is very opposite to an industrial model of schooling where students sit passively in their desks and…

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