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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Digital Science and French for Junior Cycle 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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Online Homework activities to improve assessment and student engagement

Our school has used a number of online resources over the past few years in order to make homework more streamlined, accessible and interesting for students. Some of these Apps include spellingCity, Mathletics and ReadingEggspress. ReadingEggspress is a fantastic resource for tailoring learning activities, reading tasks, vocabulary quizzes and assignments to suit the Lexile level of different students. It features numerous, interactive and engaging games and features. Students can access…

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Using ClassDojo for ePortfolios

Many of us are familiar with ClassDojo. As a tool that can be easily used to promote and record behaviour in our classrooms. Our school are currently exploring the different types of digital resources available that could be used as ePortfolios. In doing so we have stumbled upon the ePortfolio feature in ClassDojo. And have found it to be easy to use and very effective. In addition to this ClassDojo…

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Assessment Instruments

The DES recently released a circular that provides a list of assessment instruments, including ability and achievement tests and web-based resources that are approved for use in guidance and/or learning-support contexts in post-primary schools. The list is reviewed annually and an updated list is published on the Department’s website at in May of each year. The approved assessment tools are provided under the following headings: ·    Achievement Tests – Group Administered Tests:…

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Educators Summit 2014 Invite

Microsoft Ireland would like to invite all educators to our annual Microsoft Ireland Educators Summit taking place on Thursday March 20th in Microsoft Ireland. This event will focus on the key issues facing educators in the primary and secondary school sector today.  During the day you will have an opportunity to plan for the future whilst listening to relevant content on topics such as assessments, innovative classroom practices, tools and…

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