Emulating Social Interactions Online: A simple idea!

Relationship Building Relational development can be considered a vital component of effective teaching and learning, indeed one that has an impact on learners’ motivation and achievement (Niemi & Hotulainen, 2015). Some argue these relations are built through positive social interactions with peers (Cemalcilar, 2010). However, moving to online learning has reduced the opportunities for learners to interact on a social level, so how are these valuable interactions among learners being…

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Blended Learning – What is Your Unique Blend?

We recently passed the 1 year anniversary when education moved online. During the past 12 months schools, further education and training organizations and higher education has moved to a remote instruction model. With learners, of all ages, now returning to education it is time to look ahead and consider what comes next, After Covid. While many educators and learners struggled with remote instruction, there is evidence that others flourished with…

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Nearpod, UDL and assessment- the perfect combo?

A perfect combination? Is there ever such a thing! What I’m here to tell you is that a particular tool that I’ve tried out, Nearpod, addresses some of the principles of universal design for learning and can be used as a tool for assessment. Is it perfect? Absolutely not, but I’m here to show you what some of the benefits are of trying it out and give you some of…

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Blended Learning – So what is all the fuss?

As we approach the Halloween Break and another lockdown period, the focus of many in our society is on the wonderful job our schools are doing.  The first phase of Covid-19, from March to June, has been defined by many as Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT).  This phase showed the resilience of schools to continue school learning remotely using every trick in the book.  However, it is widely recognised that this…

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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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Get into Maths Week 2019

Maths Week is here and already over 260,000 students across the country are already signed up. So it’s time to make sure your school gets part of the action by signing up now… Maths Week Ireland is an annual all-island festival dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of maths and numeracy among young people, parents and the wider population. From October 12th – 20th, over 400,000 people, including students (Of…

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Irish Led VET Project Shortlisted for European Skills Week Award

The Erasmus + project Skills4Work, coordinated by H2 Learning partnering with City of Dublin ETB and four other European partners has been shortlisted for  a prestigious European Skills Week Award. To assist in winning the award we’re asking readers to vote now for the  Skills4Work project @ ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/VETExcellenceAwards2019  before Tuesday, October 15th. Skills4Work is a learning model for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector developed in Ireland, Northern Ireland,…

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Join the UD Community of Practice

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design and H2 Learning are creating a new Community of Practice for teachers interested in Universal Design. Are you a post-primary or further education teacher curious about Universal Design and ready to bring your students on a journey of discovery and exploration? Then this community of practice should be the perfect fit… What is Universal Design? Universal Design is the design and composition of…

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