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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Socrative v Kahoot – A Comparison

Formative assessment through the means of digital technology has become very popular in recent times, and has been accentuated by the move to remote / blended learning in the Covid-19 context. Kahoot and Socrative are two of the most popular formative assessment applications. This blog post will look at the pros and cons of the two platforms, before recommending how each could be used in the classroom context. Kahoot! The…

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Have you tried podcasting with your class?

Podcasts are something we have become accustomed to over the past few years. Whether it be listening to Tommy and Hector giggling about school life antics or something more serious like an episode from Doc on One, podcasts have become mainstream entertainment for many people. The big question is: can we use podcasts in our classroom and if so what is the best way to do it? Let’s start by…

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Find Your Blend with TeachNet CPD

As school’s stagger their return this March from another enforced emergency remote learning hiatus where teachers at all levels had to grapple with adapting their face-to-face teaching to fully online, again. it’s hard to predict with any certainty what lies ahead for schools in the short-term. However, longer-term there is an expectation that traditional face-to-face learning alone will no longer suffice post Covid and a more blended form of teaching…

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Promethean – The State of Technology in Education 2020/21 (UK&I EDITION)

Promethean published their 5th Annual Report “The State of Technology in Education 2020/21 (UK&I EDITION) early last month. The opinions of over 2,000 Principals, Senior Management Teams, School IT Staff and Teachers were gathered last spring during the School Covid 19 closures while teachers and students were engaged in working remotely from home relying on technology for teaching, communicating and engaging with their pupils. Respondents to this year’s report were…

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Introducing JCQuest.ie

Digital Science and French for Junior Cycle JCQuest.ie is a new online resource for Junior Cert Science and French, designed to work flawlessly cross-platform and device. Launched in January 2020, updates have continued through lock-down and the portal now hosts a library of question sets that cover the entire Junior Cert syllabi in both subjects. Currently, due to the ongoing pandemic, full access for schools and students is available for…

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Science Week Goes Virtual

Celebrating 25 years, Science Week 2020 will be a week like no other and is Will take place from November 8th to 15th, in the midst of a global pandemic and a national lockdown.  Science Week Ireland is all about celebrating science in our everyday lives. Previously, the Science Week programme would be packed with face-to-face workshops, science shows, talks, laboratory demonstrations, science walks and other science-related events. This year’s…

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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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Get Into CodeWeek 2020

EU Code Week 2020 is already in full flow, running from October 10th – 25th (Code Fortnight really!) and in the light of the current global health crisis, organisers are bringing more coding activities online and launching new, fun and engaging activities that you can join remotely at home or in school. To make it easier to take part in activities remotely a  live calendar of featured online activities is…

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Upskill this Autumn with TeachNet

For Autumn 2020, TeachNet are offering three online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning. TeachNet’s , online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s DCU and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet courses are created “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively in the classroom. Autumn…

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