Cracking the Code…Again?

Circa this time last year I blogged about Cracking the Code, a post highlighting the ever growing popularity of coding activities in Ireland and it would appear that this growth has continued in spades, the number of Coder Dojo clubs for instance this time last year was 77 that number’s now in excess of 200. However as previously mooted much of the publicity around coding tends to be focused on…

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Teacher Professional Development via Twitter

As the summer approaches many teachers will again engage in a range of continuous professional development courses, on topics ranging from the environment to the Internet. But did you ever consider using Twitter as a source for your own professional development? Will Richardson, http://weblogg-ed.com/, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other powerful web tools for classrooms, has stated that he uses Twitter as the main source for his own professional…

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Pushing Twitter further with Tweetdeck

The power of Twitter for educators has been well illustrated by others in previous posts on this blog. For most of us, when we first set up our Twitter account, we tend to use the Twitter website as the place we go to read and post tweets. This is how I started also; however as I began to realise the increasing usefulness of Twitter, I also felt the need for…

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Fáilte #edchatIE – Irish debut for #edchat

​Edchat is a Twitter conversation about educational matters both general and specific. The brainchild of Americans Shelley Terrell, Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson, Edchat widely used by educators within Twitter to tag their tweets, allowing them to develop discussions. Some discussion are ongoing, some take place at agreed times among local groups who address an agreed topic. Thanks to the leadership of Irish tweeter @fboss, Monday night 8.30pm has been…

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Science Week and Twitter

Last week was Science Week in Ireland and I decided to try out another Twitter project for schools. For those of you who may have missed the previous Twitter projects that I did with Irish primary schools, the idea behind them was to investigate whether Twitter could be used to support the Primary School Curriculum here. Our first Twitter project focused on Geography – my local area and the second…

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Word Clouds in Education

On Sunday morning last, those of you who tweet might have noticed a new hashtag appear with prominence in the twittersphere: #savewordle. Wordle, an online application (available at http://www.wordle.net) for generating ‘word clouds’, had been taken down and the founder, Jonathan Feinberg, had used the homepage of the site to appeal for “pro bono legal advice, to evaluate a trademark claim against [his] use of the word ‘Wordle’ for this…

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Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up

The above headline appeared in the Guardian yesterday, March 25th. The sensational headline is a journalist’s interpretation of a leaked report on the forthcoming Rose Report on the new primary curriculum in England. Many believe that the leaked document has been misrepresented by the journalist in question and that the curriclum documents do not specifically mention Twitter or blogs. However, there is agreement that Web 2.0 technologies should be an…

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