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A Time to Reflect and a Time to Plan

A New Reality for Formal Education We are now 5 weeks into a new reality where schools, colleges and universities are closed and learners, of all ages, are learning from home. During this time education providers have responded to this crisis by attempting to provide supports to their learners, so they can continue to learn at a distance. The challenge has been different depending on each level of our education…

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Google Expeditions: Explore the world without leaving the classroom!

As educators, we want to ensure that all students in our classes feel stimulated and enjoy their learning. Accordingly, there is a wealth of engaging material available for educators today featuring novel ways to engage students. One such website is Google Expeditions. Google Expeditions is quite similar to Google Maps, as the platform allows users to explore the world virtually. Teachers can use the images available to create their own…

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TECH_WEEK’s Curiosity Challenge, are you up for it?

We recently covered TECH WEEK_2020 on the TeachNet Blog, Ireland’s nationwide annual festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the general public, taking place from march 28th to April 3rd. However, Tech Week’s Curiosity Challenge is fresh off the press and considering that classes participating could win  an in-school Tech Workshop, we thought it best to revisit the subject… The Tech Week Curiosity Challenge is designed to unpack computational…

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Report notes drop in primary pupils using computers in school

In a recent study carried out by Dr. Eemer Eivers, on behalf of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), it has been revealed that primary school students’ use of computers in school has dropped considerably within five years, from 46% saying they used computers in school regularly in 2011 to only 23% in 2016. This brings Ireland well below the international average, according to Eemer Eivers, who published her report in…

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The State of Technology in Education 2019/20 – Promethean

Promethean recently released their fourth annual report on “The State of Technology in Education 2019/20” which gives insights and trends on important factors relating to edtech. Contributors to this survey included over 2,000 teachers, school principals/heads, deputy principals/heads, IT managers and support staff from primary schools, secondary schools and other educational institutions across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Technology is seen as essential in a digital world. Some concerns reported…

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Updates from BETT 2020 – Enhance communication and collaboration, amplify student voice, cater for all learners and much more

BETT 2020 took place in January. BETT is one of the worlds largest gathering of school leaders and educators. It is a hub where tech, ideas and people come together to inspire everyone about the future of education and the role that technology can play in unlocking learning and enhancing the classroom experience for all learners. If you didn’t attend BETT 2020 here are some ways to get up to…

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#techweek2020 – tech & talent unite

TECH WEEK_2020 runs from March 28th to April 3rd. TECH WEEK is Ireland’s nationwide annual festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the general public and designed to offer experiential engagement to primary and secondary students which will allow them to develop their interest in technology, advance creativity and innovation while also letting them have a lot of fun in the process! Tech Week is made up of a…

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Our Evolving Learning Landscape #cesicon 2020

Online registration is now open for the 2020 annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI), which takes place on 29th February in Athlone’s Institute of Technology. The CESI conference has always been a calendar highlight for those interested in digital learning and this year’s programme doesn’t disappoint. The theme of this year’s conference is “2020: Our Evolving Learning Landscape” and will showcase (As always) the ever…

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STEPS Engineers Week 2020

This year’s Engineers Week runs from Saturday February 29th to March 6th and aims to surpass 2019’s event reach, when more than 800 activities were organised countrywide with over 99,000 participants. Now in its 14th year, Engineers’ Week 2020 already boasts an extensive (and evolving) programme for primary and secondary students and STEPS are currently calling on schools, businesses, third-level institutions, libraries, outreach organisations, local authorities and other organisers, to…

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Safer Internet Day 2020 – Together for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day 2020 is just around the corner, Tuesday next, February 11th. Now in it’s 17th year Safer Internet Day (SID) started out as an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. From cyberbullying to social media, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. This year’s event continues with…

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