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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Web Literacy Classes from Mozilla

The Internet is all-pervasive in today’s world and it is increasingly becoming an essential element of all our lives. There is now a real need to educate all in society on how to use this powerful technology in meaningful ways. All too often people only use it to navigate and consume other people’s ideas and content online but there is so much more we can do. Lisa Neilsen, the Innovative…

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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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Quick and Easy Screencasts with Screenr

Screenr (http://www.screenr.com) is a free web-based tool for creating short (limited to 5 minutes in length) screencasts (video recording of a computer screen that can be accompanied by audio narration). There is no software to install on your computer (you may be asked to allow a Java applet to run however) which means it can run on both PC and Mac and can also be accessed from any computer with…

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SENteacher

The SENTeacher http://www.senteacher.org website is a long time favourite of mine for accessing quick, easy to use, adaptable printable resources in Literacy and Numeracy. With a renewed focus on Literacy and Numeracy in all our schools it is an opportune time to visit SENTeacher and take a look at what it offers busy teachers. While originally designed to provide cost free resources for teachers teaching pupils with special educational needs,…

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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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Online Consumer Education

  Dolceta is a free online Consumer Education website developed by the CDVEC Curriculum  Development Unitand 26 other European partners. The website contains teaching resources for Consumer Education and Financial Literacy. These include curriculum linked lesson plans, fact sheets and learning modules aimed at primary, post-primary and adult learners. Each lesson is targeted at a specific age group and is mapped to specific subjects/curriculum areas in the Irish curriculum. The…

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Some New Web 2.0 Tools for the Classroom

We are all aware of the benefits of the collaborative web tools like blogging, social media, podcasting but I have been looking for some new Web 2.0 tools that I think teachers would find useful. I discovered quite a few but I will save some for future postings – I don’t want to overload your creativity!!Here are a few I think you should investigate – all free of course! For…

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Drumcondra Interactive Whiteboards

​ The Drumcondra Interactive Whiteboards also known as Cláir Bhána Idirgníomhacha website http://www.cbiproject.net  should be the first port of call for Irish teachers and schools researching for purchasing information or classroom resources for use on an interactive whiteboard. The website was setup in 2006 to support three primary, three post-primary schools, a special education school and a Gaelscoil who began to investigate the effectiveness of using an interactive whiteboard in…

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Rethinking Teacher Professional Development for the 21st Century

I am currently attending the Consortiuum of School Networking Conference (CoSN) in Washington DC and had the pleasure this morning to attend an excellent session on the future of “long-term embedded teacher professional development”.  The session was led by Will Richardson and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach who described a world where teachers build their own learning networks.  Having listened to their presentation I was in violent agreement with them on many fronts…

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