Online Autumn CPD

Special Offer: 50% off one course when two people sign up!…Read more  TeachNet’s Autumn online course programme is now live with 4 online courses designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  All our courses are designed “by…

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TeachNet Summer Courses 2015

For summer 2015, TeachNet are offering 4 EPV day approved online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet…

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End of Road for Windows RT?

It is just about 17 months (back in September 2013} since I wrote about a Microsoft offer to Education whereby Microsoft were offering 32 Gb versions of their original Surface RT 10 inch tablets to their educational institution customers at a discounted price of just under  €200. At the time I considered that they represented good value for money for the following reasons: Wifi enabled 10 inch tablet device for browsing the internet,…

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DIY Wi-Fi Part 2

In my first instalment charting our experience of setting up a multi-access point wireless network in school, I mooted that some of the quotes for installs anecdotally ranged from anything from €10,000 for mid-sized primaries up  €50,000 and beyond for larger schools. Needless to say we hadn’t that kind of spare change so decided to adapt a more DIY approach minus the bells and whistles but fully functioning and costing…

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Online Courses Spring 2015

TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning…

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DIY Wi-Fi Part 1

No matter where you turn these days you see new Wi-Fi hotspots popping up, all fuelled by our desire to be online 24/7 and further evidence (if needed) of the seismic shift in recent years away from traditional computing to mobile anytime, anywhere access. This move towards wireless mobility has of course began to permeate the education sector here with wire-free mobile learning the goal for many of our primary…

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Windows Apps Anyone?

If you work in one of the many school’s that availed  of  Microsoft Surface RT Offer to Education which John O’Mahony highlighted last September, I would imagine that your still grappling with how to use these devices and in many cases due to delay in many schools receiving their order as demand outstripped supply, the shrink wrap may still be intact? Back in September John did warn “When buying, I…

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E-book Management, Conversion and Creation with Calibre

As more and more of my own reading material moves from traditional hardback and paperback texts to electronic format, one application that I make increasing use of is that of Calibre. Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) is a free, cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) application that allows you to view, convert, create and manage e-books. The software supports e-book file formats for all of the major players in this area, including Amazon (Kindle), Android…

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Clicker Comes to Tablets

Many teachers of junior primary classes, learning support and resource teachers and indeed other SEN teachers will have familiarity with Clicker 5 and 6 on the PC and Mac platforms. The good news is that Clicker has come to tablets also with the Clicker Docs app for IOS – (€25.99) available for purchase on the iTunes app store. Clicker Docs is a child friendly primary school wordprocessor for the iPad.…

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Tablets: Is the future Microsoft?

Everyone in education is talking about tablet computing. The days of comparing the various quirks of Interactive Whiteboards has ended and teachers are looking at the next big thing. At second level, tablets are an ideal technology resource, even if they simply just replace the textbook. However, at primary level, where we’re not so stuck to a textbook, tablets offer interesting discussion points. Hot off the blocks to hit the…

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