Digital Signage

Last year my school invested in some Digital Signage. We bought our kit from Net Communications in Enniscorthy and took it for a test drive. In the article, I wanted to share some of the ways we’ve been using the Digital Signage and how it has added to our communication system in the school. For those who haven’t head of Digital Signage, you will definitely have seen it! Look around…

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Behaviour Management With A Little Digital Help

Class Dojo (www.classdojo.com) is a real-time behaviour management system for teachers who have an internet-enabled computer and a projector or IWB. You start by creating an account and setting up a class by typing in the names of your students. Avatars for each student are automatically generated during this process. In class, you select a student and award a positive point for behaviour such as creativity, hard work, working quietly,…

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A Fresh Look at an Old Reliable

I am the type of person who embraces technology in all its forms. In the classroom, I am always open to new forms of technology such as interactive whiteboards, digital cameras, visualisers and anything else I can get my hands on! I also understand the importance of keeping up to date with the latest software, websites and the latest ways to use technology in my everyday teaching. Without a doubt,…

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Digital Camera during Activity Time

The uses for the digital camera in the classroom are endless. Both the teacher and the child can easily integrate this simple piece of technology into their everyday classroom activities. As the saying goes; “A picture speaks a thousand words”, and this is certainly something that we as teachers need to exploit this in our classrooms. The phrase refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with…

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Mindmeister

Brainstorming and mind mapping are very popular teaching strategies and methodologies that can be used across a variety of curricular areas. Many will use the blackboard/whiteboard for a mind mapping/brainstorming session but what about a digital alternative? Let me introduce you to Mindmeister. Mindmeister.com is an online mind-mapping application. Users can create simple or complex mind-maps, containing text, links, images, tasks and files. Text size and colour can be formatted…

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Animation in the Classroom

During the summer I completed the INTO Digital Bootcamp in King’s College, Dublin. From the moment we walked in the door on the first morning we were bombarded with ideas on digital learning in our own classrooms. One in particular that appealed to me as a great starting point was the animation workshop. Having only dabbled a little with animation using Photostory, I knew how laborious it was to take…

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Digital Storytelling

Literacy and numeracy have become major issues for concern in recent times. Several reports on these topics are in the public domain and in one report, “Incidental Inspection Findings 2010”, inspectors call for “urgent school improvements” and the provision of CPD (continuous professional development) for teachers to focus on the teaching of literacy and numeracy.  With this in mind I have looked at how ICT and related Web 2.0 tools…

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Thinking about books in a new light

This morning I came across a tweet from the Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning website entitled, Books You Can Play With and Games You Can Read: The New Market in Young Children’s Book Apps, and it got me thinking on the implications these new devices might have on children’s literacy levels now and in the future.  If you have not visited the Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning website…

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Should We Teach Our Kids to Have Two Lives or One?

Last year we recorded a podcast with internationally renowned author and educator Jason Ohler, on the topic of digital storytelling. As a follow up we’re including an extract from Jason’s latest book, ‘Digital Community, Digital Citizen’. In it he asks a fundamental question on how we should teach the students of the the digital age, should we teach our kids to have two lives or one? “The “two lives” perspective…

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Digital Cre8or

​ Digital Cre8or is a new and exciting course where both teachers and pupils can learn all about creating and sharing digital media. The Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology has setup Digital Cre8or Ireland as a not for profit organisation that offers the British Computer Society’s Digital Cre8or award to teachers and pupils in Ireland. The Digital Cre8or award is a Level 4 award of the National…

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