Summer Courses 2017

For Summer 2017, TeachNet are offering seven EPV Day Approved courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including two new blended (Face-to-face and online) courses, ‘Making Sense of Minecraft for Education’ and ‘Enhancing 21st Skills using Microsoft Tools’, developed in association with Microsoft Education. TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course…

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The Best Things in Life Are Free! Part 2

Last month in my post The Best Things in Life Are Free!, I highlighted how both teachers and students can download and install the full Office Suite (For both tablet and PC) for free once their school/academic institution has a valid volume license for Office 365 or Office Professional. In fact, even in the absence of the said license they can still avail of all the online office apps and…

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The Best Things in Life Are Free!

I’ll keep going and roll out all the clichés ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’, ‘You get what you pay for’, ‘Pay peanuts and you get monkeys’, I could go on… instead however, I just want to remind readers, that on occasion, you can indeed (legally) acquire valuable digital tools free gratis and an excellent illustration of same is Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office suite AKA Office 365. Whilst this…

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MOOCs for Teacher CPD

What is available? MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses have been all the rage for the past few years with some claiming that they will disrupt our existing model of higher education and open education to the masses. Well that has not happened as yet but they are certainly opening up new opportunities for learning, particularly for professionals and that includes teachers. We must remember that MOOCs are relatively new…

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Some Web Resources for Secondary Schools

As part of my professional development courses for teachers in secondary schools I put together a list of useful web resources. I thought it would be good to share this list with you. I hope you find some gems here and if you have others of note perhaps you would be kind enough to add to the list! 1. Resources www.scoilnet.ie www.french.ie www.german.ie www.physics.ie www.censusatschool.ie www.teachnet.ie www.pppst.com www.nli.ie www.irishtimes.com/archive www.jcsp.ssls.ie…

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QuadBlogging

Earlier this year I introduced some students to blogging. They set up their blogs, wrote their first posts and started down the path of maintaining their blogs. A few weeks later when I asked how things were going, one student commented that she was still enjoying the process but felt that it was like ‘writing in a vacuum’ in that she was writing regular blog posts but not receiving many…

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