Tablets: Is the future Microsoft?

Everyone in education is talking about tablet computing. The days of comparing the various quirks of Interactive Whiteboards has ended and teachers are looking at the next big thing. At second level, tablets are an ideal technology resource, even if they simply just replace the textbook. However, at primary level, where we’re not so stuck to a textbook, tablets offer interesting discussion points. Hot off the blocks to hit the…

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Forget QR Codes… What’s your aura?

Augmented Reality (AR) has increased in popularity in recent years and indeed months. The infographic shown here gives an explanation of what AR is, it shows a timeline for the evolution of AR technologies and finally it illustrates the future of AR. In brief this technology makes QR codes look like a black and white television screen. We want content creation. We want autonomy. We want excitement. Like many others,…

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Teaching Online

Those involved in distance education struggled for many years to interact in live settings with their learners. Distance education is with us since the 1890s while the Open University (OU) created its first online course in 1988. The Internet has done a great deal to transform how learners can now learn at a distance. One piece of technology that is playing an increasing important role in online teaching and learning…

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Technology and the Future–David Puttnam & Tim Hynes

The 7th Seamus Heaney Lecture Series is currently drawing to a close in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin. The 2013 series entitled ‘Imagining the Future’ has drawn on speakers across a range of disciplines – geographers, historians, writers, scientists, philosophers, media and educationalists – and examines key questions around the possibility of creating a sustainable future. The concluding lecture entitled ‘Technology and the Future’ takes place this Monday April 15th…

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Shared Professional Practice

The task of supporting teachers to integrate ICT into teaching, learning and assessment practices is as big an issue today as it ever was for Irish teachers at all levels of education. Though thousands of teachers have been “trained” many feel they are not sufficiently competent to use digital technology in their classrooms. They appear to want more help and support and as new technologies appear this task seems to…

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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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CESI Conference 2012 – TEACHnology: merging teaching and technology in schools

The Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI)​ will host its annual conference on February 24th and 25th, 2012, in Portlaoise. The theme for this year’s conference is TEACHnology: merging teaching and technology in schools. As has become the format for CESI conferences over the last few years, there will be both a Friday evening and Saturday event. On Friday February 24th (7pm-9pm) there will be a CESImeet in the…

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BETT 2012 & Free Programming Tools

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the BETT show in London. This has now become an annual pilgrimage to view what is new in the world of technology and education. At first glance this year’s show didn’t appear very different from other years but when you went under the surface there were some notable gems. In particular there was an increase in “free” quality resources for schools, particularly…

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Primary ICT Grant for Software & Hardware

As we blogged about recently, last month, Tanáiste and Minister for Eteducation and Skills announced a total of €24 million in grants for technology equipment in primary schools. A welcome development indeed, but many teachers were bemused by the stipulation that schools were only allowed purchase hardware items with the money. This was well and good for those schools still lacking in baseline hardware infrastructure, but of limited use to…

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