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Ready to Go? Microsoft’s New Hybrid Upping the Education Ante

Launched with much fanfare this summer, the latest member of the ubiquitous Surface family the Surface Go is available to buy now. Aimed squarely at the Education market, this new price-conscience and ultra-light hybrid enters a fierce market with the Apple iPad and Google’s budget Chromebooks having already carved out a sizeable chunk of market share, respectively. Not to mention the plethora of sub €500 Windows 10 laptops and bargain-basement…

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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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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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So what tablet should I buy?

This is the question schools typically ask when they are considering investing in tablet devices for their schools. However, all too often this is not the right question to start with. A recent report (PDF) commissioned by the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS)  and compiled by H2 Learning recommends that schools consider why they need to buy such devices. Schools need to have a clear rationale for investing…

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ShowMe – A Dynamic Teaching Tool

Create beautiful tutorials with the tap of your finger. The ShowMe application is a dynamic presentation and creation application available on both iPad and Android tablets. ShowMe provides an iPad app and a web-based interface for accessing the ShowMe database as well as your own presentations. It is a free download from Android and App Store. This application can be seen at the ‘Applying’ level on Bloom’s Taxonomy for iPads…

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TeachNet Autumn Courses 2013

Following on from another busy summer of summer course delivery, TeachNet’s Autumn online course programme is now live with 12 online courses designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms. All our courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively. ​New for 2013 is our first course to…

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The Surface RT– My Thoughts!

Following John O’Mahony’s recent article on Microsoft Surface RT I thought I’d post up a review of my experience of it. I received my Surface  tablet in the summer and played around with it for a few months. Effectively, I wanted to find out two things: Could it replace my laptop in school? Is it better than the iPad? In this review, I’m not going to get into the geeky…

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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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Thinking about a tablet for yourself or your school?

Apple has led the way in the tablet market since the launch of their iPad in the USA in April 2010. It is hard to believe that the iPad has only been on the market in Ireland for just 16 months since its launch here on the 23rd July 2010. Today, a number of schools at first and second level have begun to use the Apple iPad as a tool…

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Windows 7

​Wanting to be a head of the posse, I decided two years ago to purchase Vista on my new Asus Tablet.  I basically struggled along for over a year and a half with a laptop that I now know was only half performing. On more than a few occasions almost found itself chucked out the window.  Then Windows 7 came along – I tossed and turned – wondering would I…

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