Teacher Toolkit – Part 1

Ever wonder what are the must-have free tools for the digital classroom? Well read on…Over my next few posts, I’m going list my own personal favourites, ones I regularly use in school. I’m going to start with (Good old-fashioned) installable software and move on in parts 2 & 3 to online tools and apps. Needless to say the list is not exhaustive (A Top 10 in my case for the…

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“Someone Like Me” – Essay Winner Announced

In September we highlighted a new  Department of Justice and Equality sponsored competition aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating differences. On Thursday last, Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  presented 12 year old Kerry  native, Bríd Courtney with this prestigious award at a special Awards Ceremony in Farmleigh House’ Dublin. The awards were the culmination of a…

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Celebrate their Differences

 ‘Someone Like Me’ – New national primary schools essay competition With over 53,000 children under 15 years of age with disabilities in Ireland, primary schools around the country are being asked to encourage as many children as possible to get involved in the Department of Justice and Equality’s competition and celebrate the differences which make both themselves and their schoolmates unique. Brent Pope, rugby pundit author of many children’s books…

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Going Digital this Christmas!

It’s not too long to Christmas and while the shops have been full of the spirit since September, I generally wait until as close to the end of the term to mention the “C” word in school. Here are some ideas to integrate technology in your classroom for the festive season. Christmas Carol Video Conference Host a video conference using Skype or any other application with another school.  Each school…

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Create Video Presentations With Brainshark

​Brainshark  is a tool for creating and video presentations. With a few clicks you can easily create a narrated video to be shared with anybody. Brainshark is cloud-based, so you can access and edit your presentations from any computer. You start by uploading the content you want to include. This can be powerpoints, photos, pdfs, word documents, videos and mp3 sound files. You then record a voiceover for your presentation…

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Easy Video Conferencing with Big Marker

​Big Marker is a new free service for conducting online conferences. Having given it a look over on a friend’s recommendation, Big Marker looks like a great option for conducting online tutoring sessions, brainstorming sessions, and other online presentations. Big Marker allows you to create your choice of a private or a public online meeting room. If you make your room public anyone can join. If you make your room…

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SUPER Conversion Software

There are a number of software packages that I always install on a new computer when I’m first setting it up. One of these is a free application called SUPER, which stands for Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer. Basically SUPER is a free piece of software which can be used to convert a video or audio file from one format to another.  While there are of course many packages…

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Summer Fun!

In my last post I looked at some Web 2.0 resources and said I would continue with some others. But as it’s holiday time I abandoned that idea and instead decided to focus on something for the holidays! Whether you are travelling far afield or staying put in Ireland this little device will make your holiday memories special. This is the Veho Muvi – the smallest video camera around. So…

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The Life Cycle of a Hen

This spring a fourth class teacher within our school decided to teach her pupils about the Life Cycle of a Hen. Blackrock Educational Centre were so impressed by the project that they assisted her in creating an information video for other teachers on how to undertake the project within their own classrooms. Check out the video, Chicks Hatching Project video, at one of our school blogs, St Clare’s Radio.  …

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Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter is a very handy piece of “free” software allowing you to convert videos to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, DVD, MPEG, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVDs, convert online videos directly from 40+ sites, burn Blu-ray, and upload to YouTube. This piece of software is built using Microsoft’s .Net Framework 4. Lining the top are media buttons for video, audio, DVD, and photo,…

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