Continuing to Embrace Evolving Technology

As we return to school after a prolonged absence, I have taken the opportunity to upgrade some of the ICT facilities around our school. Over the years we have installed Interactive White Boards in all our classrooms. However, many of these are now showing their age and thoughts have now turned to upgrading to IFP’s (Interactive Flat Panels.) As a principal the main barrier to the upgrade to the Interactive…

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Are You Ready for Maths Week 2020?

Maths Week is just two weeks away and already over 100,000 students across the country are signed up. So it’s time to make sure your school gets part of the action by signing up now and be in with a chance of winning a Samsung Galaxy tablet or a set of IZAK9 Cubes for your school. Maths Week Ireland is an annual all-island festival dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation…

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Using Shared Electronic Devices Safely in a School during Covid 19

DES (Department of Education and Skills) guidance on using shared electronic devices for schools is: electronics – shared electronic devices such as tablets, touch screens and keyboards should be cleaned between use. Consideration could be given to the use of wipeable covers for electronics to facilitate cleaning https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/your-questions-answered/#sharing-textbooks-pencils-and-so-on-with-other-children Microsoft have some useful guidance on caring for and cleaning your Surface device: Using disinfectant products on your Surface   You can…

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Microsoft Educator Centre

A number of years ago, on the Teachnet.ie Blog, there was a post made about the launch of an all new “Microsoft Educator training Centre”. In the time that has passed this site has grown into a hugely popular and well established Hub for teachers wishing to deepen their knowledge around all things Microsoft. The Microsoft Educator Centre now includes topics such as Office 365, 21st century Learning Pedagogies, Coding…

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Lockdown Upgrades

Very early on in the “Working from Home” new normal, I realised that it was time to upgrade my Desktop PC. It’s an aging iCore 5 machine that has continued to cope with multiple software updates, successfully graduating from Windows 7 to Windows 10! However it really had slowed down considerably and I knew that it would be a struggle for it to cope with ICT tutorial and webinar, support…

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Last Call for EPV Day Approved Online CPD

A Reminder! EPV Day Approved Courses must close Friday, August 21st at 5pm so make sure you don’t miss out on securing your EPV days for the coming academic year… Blended Course Participate in live Microsoft Teams workshops for 3 days followed by 2 days online in your own time and learn how to use exciting tools to enhance learning in the primary classroom. DreamSpace Hacking STEM in the Primary…

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Last Call for DreamSpace Courses

A last call out to potential participants for our two Microsoft blended courses (Virtual face-to-face & online), ‘DreamSpace Hacking STEM in the Primary Classroom’ and ‘Minecraft for Education‘. Participate in live Microsoft Teams workshops for 3 days followed by 2 days online in your own time and learn how to use exciting tools to enhance learning in the primary classroom. DreamSpace Hacking STEM in the Primary Classroom Bring STEM into your…

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TeachNet CPD 2020 Enrolling Now!

For a limited time, TeachNet are offering buy one course get one free on our two EPV day approved online courses. It’s that simple, pay for one course at €69 and get a second free, for you or a colleague/friend. To avail of this offer, go to www.teachnet.ie/courses and enrol in either Digital Technologies and SEN or Office 365 for Education before July 1st 2020 and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or…

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DreamSpace Blended Courses Now Enrolling

For Summer 2020, TeachNet in association with Microsoft Education, are delivering two blended courses (Virtual face-to-face & online), ‘DreamSpace Hacking STEM in the Primary Classroom’ and ‘Minecraft for Education‘. Participate in live Microsoft Teams workshops for 3 days followed by 2 days online in your own time and learn how to use exciting tools to enhance learning in the primary classroom. DreamSpace Hacking STEM in the Primary Classroom Bring STEM into…

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Going Live with your Learners – some suggestions

Many teachers, parents and learners of all ages have discovered the world of video conferencing in recent weeks as schools have moved online. People are now openly chatting about Zoom, Teams, Google Hangouts etc. in the context of teaching ‘live’ online. For some this is working well, but for others it has not been as easy as first imagined. Teaching live online, is hard and can be a very tiring…

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